Buckingham Palace releases statement on The Crown ahead of Charles and Diana divorce scenes, it's 'drama not a documentary'

Buckingham Palace has released a statement about The Crown season 5, reminding fans the Netflix show is fictional

Buckingham Palace released a statement
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Buckingham Palace has released a statement about the upcoming season of The Crown which is set to delve into King Charles and Princess Diana's divorce from the early 90s.


The Crown season 5 is set to be released in November 2022. The focal point of the latest season of the hit Netflix show will be exploring Charles and Diana's relationship in the late 80s and early 90s and cover the explosive divorce and the rumors about cheating and affairs that were swirling at the time. 

Because of the topics that are set to be explored by the show, and the fact that Charles has only just become King, it is thought that the Royal Family may be concerned about how this popular show will impact their image. 

Getting ahead of the potential fallout, the Palace has released a statement to The Telegraph (opens in new tab) in which they remind readers that the show is nothing more than a fictionalized account of events. The Telegraph reported, "A senior royal source stressed on Sunday that The Crown is 'a drama not a documentary.'"

Another source - who is reportedly a close friend of the King's -  also told the outlet that the show was 'exploitative'. The source claimed that Netflix would have 'no qualms about mangling people’s reputations', including the late Queen's. The source added, 'What people forget is that there are real human beings and real lives at the heart of this.'

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It is thought that the new series of The Crown could be 'painful' for the Royal Family, and combined with the recent passing of the Queen, the release of the fifth season of The Crown just a month after the monarch's death, seems to be rather tricky timing for the royals. 

The show will be released on Sunday, November 9, 2022, and will star Elizabeth Debecki and Dominic West in the key roles of the Princess of Wales, Lady Diana Spencer, and the young Prince Charles (as he was then known). Imelda Staunton will be taking over from Olivia Colman as the Queen and Jonathon Pryce will take over from Tobias Menzies and portray the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.  

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