Netflix has pressed paused on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's docuseries. The project was expected to debut later this year, but it's now been delayed due to backlash over the upcoming season of The Crown, which will premiere on the streaming service on Wednesday, November 9.
According to a report, some were outraged after learning the fifth season contains a negative plot line about King Charles and John Major, the former U.K. Prime Minister.
The storyline in question takes place in 1991 and was based on a real-life newspaper poll that asked British citizens whether the aging Queen Elizabeth II should step down and give the throne to Charles. In the show, Charles — who's portrayed by Dominic West — agrees that his mother should abdicate and then vents his frustrations to Major.
However, Major stated the interaction never happened and called the fictional story "malicious nonsense."
According to the new report, Netflix has already been on edge about the new season of The Crown due to Queen Elizabeth's death last month. The company is also worried over the portrayal of Princess Diana's death even though they've already stated that her fatal car crash in 1997 won't be shown explicitly.
"To be going back to Paris and turning Diana’s final days and hours into a drama feels very uncomfortable," one source told an outlet. "Finally, some of the crew members are pushing back."
"The show always tried to present a fictional version of royal history with as much sensitivity as possible. But lately, as things get closer to the present day, it feels harder to strike that balance," the source noted to The Sun. "With some of those moments still so fresh and upsetting, it feels as though a line is being crossed."
Deadline was the first to report on the docuseries' delay.
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