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Prince Harry Urged To Drop $150M Netflix Deal After 'The Crown' Angered The Royals

Prince Harry with Inset of Netflix's The Crown Season 4 Prince Charles and Princess Diana
Source: MEGA; Des Willie/NETFLIX

Nov. 16 2020, Published 5:29 p.m. ET

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It seems The Crown is getting on the royals' nerves!

Royal analysts are urging Prince Harry and Meghan Markle — who signed a $150M production deal with Netflix in September — to abandon the agreement after Netflix's The Crown seemed to give an inaccurate portrayal of the family. Season 4 of the hit Netflix show focuses on Prince Charles' relationship with Princess Diana — who was only 20 when she wed the Prince of Wales — and his infamous affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

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"Never before have members of Queen Elizabeth II's own family been associated with those 'trolling' the Monarchy. The unedifying impression is that, by having signed a deal with Netflix, Prince Harry and his former Hollywood star wife Meghan are seen to be lavishly benefiting from the company's distortion of the truth about the Royal Family," Mail on Sunday columnist Emily Andrews wrote amid the royals' row with the streaming platform.

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"Their reported $100 million (£78 million) deal with the US streaming giant will help give Harry financial freedom but it has raised eyebrows back home — particularly among those close to Charles and William," Andrews explained. "How can he take money from a company that traduces his family? That unfeelingly recreates the Irish terrorist bomb that killed Lord Mountbatten and three others? That mawkishly picks over the carcass of Harry and William's parents' bitter marriage break-up like a vulture?"

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One insider questioned why Harry, 36, would want to partner with a company who portrayed his mother — who was known as the People's Princess — in such a poor light. "There are raised eyebrows about Harry taking millions from the company that’s behind all this," they dished. "After all where do much of Netflix's profits come from? The Crown."

Another insider slammed Netflix for portraying a false representation of the royal members for entertainment purposes. "There is no sense of telling carefully nuanced stories — it's all very two-dimensional. This is trolling with a Hollywood budget," they noted. "The public shouldn't be fooled into thinking this is an accurate portrayal of what really happened."

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A third insider said William, 38, is "not too pleased with" the depiction of Charles and Diana's relationship. "He feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money."

Charles' pals shared their anger over his portrayal on the show and how the media company is exploiting the family for monetary gain. "In this case, it's dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone's feelings," the source said. "That isn't right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don't represent the truth."

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In the new season of The Crown — which premiered on Sunday, November 15 — Charles and Camilla are seen carrying on with their affair while Charles began his romance with Diana. The two exchanged phone calls where Camilla encouraged Charles to marry Diana — since she would easily adjust to his life — which Camilla could not do at the time. Diana is seen struggling with her lengthy eating disorder battle and her place within the royal family.

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Charles and Diana tied the knot in 1981. They welcomed sons William, 38, the following year and Harry in 1984. The former couple separated in 1992 and were divorced in 1996. Eight years after Diana's tragic death, her ex-husband married Duchess Camilla in 2005.

Prince Harry has remained silent amid The Crown controversy. Upon announcing their new Netflix deal, Harry and Meghan previously released a statement, explaining that they will be “creating content that informs but also gives hope" and inspires new generations.

"As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us, as is powerful storytelling through a truthful and relatable lens," they added. "We are pleased to work with Ted and the team at Netflix whose unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action."

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