'The Crown' sparks anger following reports it will show Prince Philip 'pursuing affair' just weeks after Queen’s death

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Paige Creaney

By Paige Creaney

Published: 11/10/2022

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The Netflix series has released the date for its fifth season, causing many to express concerns that the show is being aired too soon after Queen Elizabeth II's death.

Despite the show's creator Peter Morgan saying the series was 'a love letter to the Queen' when the show first aired, the upcoming storylines will directly conflict with this notion.

The Queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter said that one of the plot lines for season five is 'very distasteful and quite frankly, cruel rubbish'.

File photo dated 18/11/07 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Broadlands marking their diamond wedding anniversary. Issue date: Thursday September 8, 2022.
One of the storylines for season five alludes to a rumoured affair between Philip and a socialite.
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The show will reportedly hint at a rumoured affair between Queen Elizabeth II's late husband Prince Philip with Penny Knatchbull.

Not only is there a potential for the storyline to hurt members of the Royal Family and the legacy of the Queen’s relationship with her husband, King Charles is also set to see further backlash from the show’s portrayal of him.

A season five teaser clip shows that the series will focus on his divorce from Princess Diana, with clips exploring the infamous audio tapes which were released to the public.

One Twitter user even commented on Netflix’s teaser clip saying that 'a nod to the Queen at the end of the series would be great' given her passing in September and the Firm’s difficult relationship with the show.

The Netflix show has made it clear that they considered halting the latest series in light of the Queen’s passing, but instead chose to continue with the original date, it has been reported.

Note to Editors:  This picture transmitted 17 August 1998 to accompany package of stories in advance of the first anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Library filer ref 4254-8, dated 24.2.81, of the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in the grounds of Buckingham Palace after announcing their engagement.
The breakup of Charles and Diana's relationship will also be a main focus for the new series

According to creators in 2020, they 'always presented The Crown as a drama', and they 'have every confidence their members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.'

Reactions to the previous storylines have shown that many fans, particularly those who did not experience the events which have been portrayed, and those abroad, believe there is more truth to the plots than there is.

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