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The Crown chronicles the life of the Royal Family and while it’s based on historic moments, some of the storylines are heavily dramatised. Queen Elizabeth II was said to be a fan of the first series which kicks off with her marriage to Prince Philip. However, season two of the drama was not as well-received in the Royal Household, according to reports.

Watching one’s life transformed into a Netflix drama must be a strange experience, however, several Royal Family members are said to be fans of The Crown.

Zara Tindall and her husband Mike are keen on the show and it was Prince Edward and his wife Sophie Wessex who reportedly persuaded the Queen to watch it.

In 2017, when season one was out, a royal source told Express.co.uk: “Edward and Sophie love The Crown.”

“It has been a longstanding arrangement that they drive to Windsor at the weekend to join the Queen for an informal supper while watching TV or a film.

“They have a Netflix account and urged her to watch it with them."

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According to royal source, the Queen was unimpressed with how Prince Charles’ unhappy school years were portrayed.

The show showed Charles falling victim to bullying at boarding school and warranting no sympathy from his father.

A senior courtier told The Express: “The Queen realises that many who watch The Crown take it as an accurate portrayal of the Royal Family and she cannot change that.

“But I can convey that she was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son’s wellbeing.

“She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland.

“That simply did not happen.”

Prince Charles is reported to have described his school years in Gordonstoun as “Colditz in kilts” and “hell on earth.”

The young prince was a sensitive child and very different from his boisterous father who thrived in a spartan environment.

Royal expert Mr Fitzwilliams told Express.co.uk: “In Jonathan Dimbleby’s authorised biography of Charles, the Duke is quoted as writing ‘Children may be indulged at home, but school is expected to be a spartan and disciplined experience in the process of developing into self-controlled, considerate and independent adults’. This was a bad mistake.

“He failed to recognise that Charles, a sensitive child, would not flourish in the schools where he himself had been in his element.

“Though later the Prince would claim there had been a beneficial aspect to his schooling at Gordonstoun, at the time he viewed it as an incarceration, as he was mercilessly bullied.

“Eton, where the Queen Mother wanted him to go, would have been a far better choice.”


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