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The Crown: Queen’s friend says Netflix show ‘makes me so angry’

Imelda Staunton plays the Queen and Jonathan Pryce plays Prince Philip in The Crown’s new seasonLady Glenconner, who was a maid of honour at the Queen’s coronation, said the show “just makes me so angry”.

“The trouble is that people, especially in America, believe it completely,” she told BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. Netflix has defended the show, saying it “has always been presented as a drama based on historical events”. Lady Glenconner knew the Queen from childhood and was lady-in-waiting to her sister, Princess Margaret, for more than 30 years. She told Woman’s Hour: “It’s so irritating. I don’t watch The Crown now because it just makes me so angry. And it’s so unfair on members of the royal family.”

She cited one episode in series two, which portrayed the Duke of Edinburgh as being responsible for his sister Cecilie taking the flight that resulted in her death in a plane crash in 1937.Lady Glenconner said she told Helena Bonham Carter she was disappointed by her portrayal of Princess Margaret “That was completely untrue,” Lady Glenconner said. “And I think to say something like that about people is terribly hurting. Nobody wants to have their relations trashed like that.” In the third series, Princess Margaret was shown having a competition to come up with dirty limericks with US President Lyndon B Johnson in 1965. “Well, I mean, of course she never did that,” she said. Lady Glenconner herself is portrayed in The Crown, and another scene in series three depicts her discussing the merits of various men with the late princess. “I mean, of course that never happened.”

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