The Crown series six will 'end on a high for King Charles'

The Crown will finish ‘on a high for King Charles’ with the next and final series ending on His Majesty’s 2005 wedding to Camilla say insiders – as current season is branded ‘deliberately hurtful’

  • The Crown series 5, which will air on Netflix next month, has faced criticism
  • Series starts in the early 90s and shows lead up to Princess Diana’s death 
  • Royal biographer William Shawcross called the series ‘deliberately hurtful’
  • But series insiders told Telegraph the Crown will end on high note for monarchy  

The final series of The Crown will ‘end on a high for King Charles’ according to insiders.

Series six, which is set to stream next year, will close on the king’s 2005 wedding to the then Camilla Parker Bowles, the Telegraph reports, saying it will leave viewers with a ‘positive’ image of the monarchy.

The claims come as series five, which is set to air on Netflix from November 9, has faced criticism from a number of sources since the release of its trailer, with one royal biographer branding it ‘deliberately hurtful’.

Focusing heavily on the fallout between Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki and King Charles (then Prince of Wales) as portrayed by Dominic West, the trailer showcases a number of low points for the royals.

There are concerns within both royal and political circles about how series five of The Crown will impact the reputation of King Charles (pictured: Dominic West playing the role of Charles in the Netflix show)

The upcoming series of The Crown, which will air on Netflix from November 9, has been criticised by some over its portrayal of some royals including the king (pictured here in Glasgow in October)

However, according to reports, the next and final series will end ‘on a high’ for the king, portraying his 2005 wedding to Camilla (pictured) 

Among them are Charles and Diana’s marriage breakdown, the late royal’s controversial Panorama interview and the notorious ‘tampongate’ phone call between the King and Queen Consort.   

Amid the criticism, William Shawcross, the Queen Mother’s official biographer, has branded the series ‘odious’ and ‘deliberately hurtful’  over an apparently invented scene where Charles tells the Queen she should be ‘thrown… into jail’ for being a ‘bad mother’.   

The Netflix show has also faced scrutiny over the decision to recreate the final days of Princess Diana, shooting some scenes in Paris, where she died.

According to The Sun, even crew members are concerned in relation to the scenes depicting the lead-up to Diana’s death, with one reportedly saying: ‘It feels as though a line is being crossed.’   

Netflix insists Diana’s death, in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in central Paris, will not be recreated in the new series.

Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki square off as King Charles and Princess Diana in the drama-packed trailer for the show

Netflix is facing fury over plans to dramatise Princess Diana’s final moments before her tragic death in Paris in its new season of The Crown. Pictured: Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown, season five

But one set source reportedly told The Sun: ‘To be going back to Paris and turning Diana’s final days and hours into a drama feels very uncomfortable.

‘The show always tried to present a fictional version of royal history with as much sensitivity as possible. But lately, as things get closer to the present day, it feels harder to strike that balance.’

King Charles is the dominant figure in the drama. He is shown, in one fictitious storyline, to be lobbying Prime Minister John Major in an attempt to force his mother’s abdication.   

Friends called the portrayal of the new monarch as a disloyal schemer ‘false, unfair and deeply wounding’ and urged viewers to boycott the hit Netflix show.  

The programme has also been criticised by former PM John Major (pictured, Jonny Lee Miller as John Major in series five of The Crown) over its portrayal of events he says never happened

Meanwhile another storyline with show King Charles’ relationship with the Queen Consort (played by Olivia Williams)

Imelda Staunton made her debut as a stern-looking Queen in the midst of her annus horribilis in the trailer for The Crown series 5 which was released by Netflix recently

According to the Telegraph, the new series has sparked concerns within both royal and political circles, with worries about how King Charles’ reputation may be affected.

However, it cites a source saying the next series will highlight more ‘celebratory scenes’, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, and Prince William meeting Kate Middleton at St Andrews University.     

Addressing the controversy around series five of the programme, last week a spokesperson for The Crown said: ‘The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.

‘Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians.’


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