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Why is ‘The Crown’ Season 5 proving so controversial?

Here’s what drama you can expect to see unfold in season five

Jon Hornbuckle
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Jon Hornbuckle

The Crown is back for a fifth season and Netflix have revealed some of the dramatic real-life events fans will see unfold.

As we edge nearer to the release of the penultimate season on November 9, controversy once again surrounds The Crown as its critics slam the show for the fictional liberties taken in scripting private moments around the Queen and her family.

The synopsis for the upcoming fifth season reads: ‘As Queen Elizabeth II approaches the 40th anniversary of her accession, she reflects on a reign that has encompassed nine prime ministers, the advent of mass television and the twilight of the British Empire. Yet new challenges are on the horizon. The collapse of the Soviet Union and the transfer of sovereignty in Hong Kong signals a seismic shift in the international order presenting both obstacles and opportunities. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing closer to home. 

‘Prince Charles pressures his mother to allow him to divorce Diana, presenting a constitutional crisis of the monarchy.

‘Rumours circulate as husband and wife are seen to live increasingly separate lives and, as media scrutiny intensifies, Diana decides to take control of her own narrative, breaking with family protocol to publish a book that undermines public support for Charles and exposes the cracks in the House of Windsor.’

Netflix was forced to issue a statement earlier today after former Prime Minister – a fast-growing club – John Major slammed the period drama as ‘a barrel load of malicious nonsense’ and called for a boycott of the show. 

The streaming service 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.’

The Crown is casting its Prince Harry – and all lookalikes can apply.

Netflix has confirmed the return date for The Crown.

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