Could the royal family sue Netflix over renderings of ‘The Crown’?
Friends of the royal family are reportedly very concerned about how the upcoming season of Netflix’s “The Crown” will portray the queen and her family. According to the sun, that friends of the British monarchy have allegedly “sought legal advice”.
“The advice [their friends] received would also apply to the Royal Family, ”a source told the British publication, noting that the royal family could sue the streaming service. Experts from Queen Elizabeth’s leading law firms Farrer & Co and Harbottle & Lewis are said to have provided the legal advice, the Sun reported.
“Although this is not direct legal advice that has been given to the queen and her family, they have been informed of this advice,” the source stated.
The Post has reached out to Netflix for comment.
Season 5 of “The Crown” will show the family as they fight their way through the mid-1990s and face the trials and tribulations of royalty, with all eyes on Princess Diana and Prince Charles as they try to save your crumbling marriage.
Imelda Staunton will take on the role of Queen from Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki will play the late Princess of Wales and Dominic West has been cast as Prince Charles.
“This series will be the most controversial in history. These are events that are still incredibly raw for many, ”added the Sun’s insider.
“The Queen’s lawyers have been keeping a close eye on everything,” said another source. “Dice [Prince Harry’s] money-spinning deal, ‘The Crown’ has become even more of a talking point.”
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle secured a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal with Netflix to produce exclusive content in 2020.
“It is disturbing that many people, especially Americans, seem to think [‘The Crown’] it is indeed a documentary, and much of the drama has not been exactly flattering from a real perspective. But these are real people and many are still alive, “the informant told the Sun. “The next series could potentially be very damaging.”
Diana’s friend Jemima Khan recently cut her ties to the historical drama, leaving her role as a consultant to the show.
Khan said the Sunday times Earlier this month, creator Peter Morgan asked him to consult the scripts for season 5. However, he parted ways with production because he felt Diana’s later years were not shown “with respect or compassion.”
“We worked together on the outline and the scripts from September 2020 to February 2021,” he told the newspaper. “When our co-writing agreement was not honored, and when I realized that that particular story would not necessarily be told with the respect or compassion I hoped for, I requested that all my contributions be removed from the series and declined a credit.”