Netflix’s The Crown is labeled ‘utter rubbish’ by two prime ministers because of its depiction of the king lobbying them to overthrow the queen
- Tony Blair and John Major Slammed the Show on ‘Completely False’ Storylines
- Sir Tony criticized the program for suggesting he was in cahoots with Charles
- Sir John criticized Netflix’s decision not to add a disclaimer to season five
Two former prime ministers last night dismissed The Crown as ‘utter nonsense’ for portraying the king lobbying them to overthrow his mother.
Sir Tony Blair and Sir John Major took on the Netflix series because of ‘completely untrue’ storylines that smeared the then Prince of Wales with plots against the late Queen.
Sir Tony, labeled “complete and utter nonsense,” criticized the show for suggesting that he and then Prince Charles were in cahoots with the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Meanwhile, Sir John said in a letter to The Daily Telegraph that the scenes will be “deeply hurtful to a family that still mourns the person on whose life the entire drama was based.”
It comes just as Netflix has confirmed that no disclaimer will be added when the fifth season comes out next Wednesday, despite mounting outrage over the storylines being dismissed as untrue.
Sir Tony Blair (left) and Sir John Major (center) lash out at The Crown over ‘totally untrue’ storylines that smear the then Prince of Wales (right) with plotting against the late Queen
The relationship between the Queen and the former Prince of Wales is portrayed as fraught throughout the series.
Prince Charles warns that her ‘Victorian’ outlook leaves no institution to inherit, and becomes frustrated with his position and the direction the monarchy is heading, and questions his mother when he might take over.
Shortly after his election in 1997, Sir Tony is lobbied by the heir apparent, who suggests that they may be brothers and says: ‘Two men of the same age, both devoted and impatient for change.’
He then tries to recruit the new prime ministers as ally, suggesting they could work together to protect his future.
Sir Tony criticized the show for suggesting that he and then Prince Charles were in cahoots with the late Queen Elizabeth II. Pictured: Bertie Carvel plays Tony Blair in The Crown
His spokesman told the newspaper: “It should come as no surprise that this is complete nonsense.”
Meanwhile, throughout the series, Sir John is portrayed as a trusted confidant of the Queen, who ranks ‘very high’ in her ‘personal list of prime ministers’.
In a forcefully worded letter, Sir John, who was Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997, labeled the decision not to include a disclaimer as ‘not good enough’.
“I understand that Netflix continues to refuse to put a disclaimer at the top of the credits because ‘everyone knows this is a drama series,'” he wrote.
Sir John is portrayed throughout the series as a trusted confidant of the Queen, who ranks ‘very high’ in her ‘personal list of prime ministers’. Pictured: Jonny Lee Miller as John Major
“But this just isn’t good enough. If everyone knows it, why not acknowledge it? Without such action, many millions – around the world – could still be affected by a harmful and fictional script, which claims “authority” by interspersing with historical facts.
“Entertainment is an amazing and glorious industry that brings immense joy to millions of people. Netflix shouldn’t humiliate it with images that are both hurtful and untrue.”
It’s not the first time he’s spoken out against the series. Last month, he dismissed the show as a “barrel-load of nonsense.”