Palace denies that The Crown has any "endorsement by the royal household"

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The Palace has denied that it has vets or approves content for the show, after a writer claimed the royal family are told what will be part of the popular Netflix series.

The Crown, the popular Netflix show that depicts Queen Elizabeth's journey as a monarch, reportedly even counts the leading protagonist herself as a fan.

Recently, one of the series writer, Peter Morgan, revealed that he has four annual meetings with “very high ranking” and “very active” people within the organisation, to speak about the matter that will be included in the show.

He told The Times: “Respectfully, I tell them what I have in mind and they brace themselves slightly.”

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But now the Palace has been forced to deny the claims, who firmly denied that the royal household have any involvement with the creators of the show.

The statement comes from the Queen's communications secretary, Donald McCabe, who wrote in a letter to The Times: “[it] may have the unfortunate consequence of leading your readers to believe that the television series The Crown is made with some sort of endorsement by the royal household, or an acceptance by the royal household that the drama is factually accurate.

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“We appreciate that readers of The Times may enjoy this fictionalised interpretation of historical events, but they should do so knowing that the royal household is not complicit in interpretations made by the programme.

“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 programme’s accuracy.”

Mariana Cerqueira

Mariana is the managing editor of woman&home. She has previously worked for lifestyle titles including GoodtoKnow covering all aspects of women’s lifestyle - from the Royal Family, beauty and fashion to wellness and travel. She was nominated for AOP Digital Journalist of the Year in 2020, and for New Digital Talent of the Year at the 2016 PPA Digital Awards. She’s mildly obsessed with TV (reality TV shows included) and spends far too much time planning her next trip away.