THE Royal Households are going to war with Netflix drama The Crown over paranoia that its portrayal of Charless affair will damage his popularity.
We understand staff who work for the Prince of Wales restricted invites to stars from the show like Helena Bonham Carter and Olivia Colman from an event featuring Charles, William and Harry.
Prince Charles’ aides restricted invites to stars from The Crown to the launch of Netflix’s Our Planet staring Sir David Attenborough in April
Instead, other Netflix stars Sex Educations Emma Mackey and Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker were at the April launch of the streaming services Our Planet starring Sir David Attenborough at Londons Natural History Museum.
A royal source said: Charless staff are deeply paranoid about The Crown. They are trying to make him a popular king-in-waiting.
But the next few seasons are going to be increasingly focussed on the Prince of Wales behaviour, especially around his marriage to Diana and affair with Camilla. The timing couldnt be any more disastrous in terms of Charless bid for popularity.
So his staff made it clear he wouldnt attend the event if Netflix had any The Crown actors there.
Stories in the global hit are often seen as factual by fans.
Josh OConnor plays Charles and Emerald Fennell is Camilla in season three from November 17. Diana (newcomer Emma Corrin) will be introduced in next years fourth series.
A senior Buckingham Palace staffer confirmed that a decision had been made to exclude The Crown stars from the Netflix event but stressed that Charles was not aware of that decision.
The courtier said: It was discussed by all the relevant Households and event organisers and agreed that it was hard to see the relevance of attendance by The Crown cast and would be a distraction to the ultimate messages of Our Planet.
After all, it is a serious documentary about saving the planet not a launch of series three of The Crown.
The decision was not one at the request of, instruction of, or direction of any of the members of the Royal Family.
Stories in The Crown, which stars Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, are often see as factual by fans
There is no blanket ban or boycott of The Crown. Olivia Coleman will be at Buckingham Palace for her CBE at some point.
It was officials at the Households working with their Netflix counterparts doing their jobs which was to promote the Our Planet documentary, not The Crown.
Buckingham Palace said: The guest list was decided jointly. It is wrong to assert that the Prince of Wales intervened personally.
As part of the battle against The Crown, last month The Queens communications secretary Donal McCabe wrote an extraordinary letter to The Guardian newspaper where he insisted the Royal Family is not complicit in interpretations made by the programme.
He added: The royal household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programmes accuracy.
A royal source said The Crown’s portrayal of his affair with Camilla could be ‘disastrous in terms of Charles’ bid for popularity’
The Crown’s next few seasons will focus on Prince Charles’ marriage to Diana, a source said
Black Mirror’s Charlie Brooker attended the Our Planet launch with wife Koni Huq
David Beckham and son Brooklyn attended the bash at Londons Natural History Museum
Sex Educations Emma Mackey was among other Netflix stars to attend the launch of Sir David Attenborough’s Our Planet
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