For once, the new season of the hit series, inspired by the life of Elizabeth II, is creating a stir across the Channel.
Elizabeth II is back. The first part of the sixth and final season of the series “The Crown” releases Thursday November 16 on Netflix. The first five episodes of the series are available on the platform, then on December 14, the last five will join them.
And it is now a quasi-tradition: every season of The Crown his controversy. And the ultra-sensitive subject of this final season is no exception, since these ten episodes deal with the period 1997 – 2005: it begins with the meeting between Lady Diana and Dodi Al-Fayed, her last love, and it ends on the remarriage of the future king with Camilla. With, of course, in the meantime, the fatal accident under the Pont de l’Alma and the considered icy attitude of the Queen in the face of this national mourning. The beginning of the love story between Kate and William is also told.
The very sensitive death of Diana
To this day, the British remember the silence of the Queen, then her speech at Buckingham Palace. So, for actress Imelda Staunton, who plays Elizabeth II, it was necessary to rehearse and review the archives to find the tone. “There is a huge sensitivity, especially since the death of the Queen, and that is normal. I think that when viewers discover how the character is interpreted, it will calm them down.”
But what is stuck across the Channel, just two days before the 75th birthday of King Charles III, celebrated discreetly on November 14, is the appearance of Lady Di as a “ghost” after her death. Warning: no special effects on the program here. She appears as a spirit who speaks to Charles and the Queen, even though she is deceased. And Prince William did not appreciate that at all. One of his relatives assures that he is “disgusted“. The future sovereign also finds it hurtful that Netflix is exploiting, and in a sordid manner, the death of his mother.
A long list of frictions with the British Crown
Every season of The Crown was entitled to his controversies. Fans of The Crown have always denounced the liberties that the series took with respect to reality: it suggested that Philipp, Elizabeth’s husband, was fickle, portrayed Charles as an odious husband and as a dauphin who plots so that his mother abdicates, makes Camilla look like a horrible marriage wrecker… The British government even intervened with Netflix so that it was clarified at the start of each episode that it was an inspired fiction real facts, but in no case a documentary. A request that the platform ended up granting last year.
Charles III and his loved ones can, however, rest assured: this season should be the last. In any case, that’s what the creator of The Crown, Peter Morgan. He does not want to chronicle current history, he assures. It is important for him to have at least twenty years of perspective. But nothing says he will never change his mind.
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