The Crown’s portrayal of the royal family is “complete fantasy” and “so unfair,” said Lady Anne Glenconner, the late Princess Margaret’s lady-in-waiting.
The socialite, 90, who was a bridesmaid at Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, recounted BBC Radio 4 Women’s Hour that the show “just makes me so mad.”
She said, “The problem is that people, especially in America, completely believe it. It’s so annoying. I’m not watching The Crown right now because it just makes me so angry. And it’s so unfair to members of the royal family.”
A Netflix spokesperson previously said: “The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.
“Series Five is a fictionalized dramatization, depicting what could have happened behind closed doors during an important decade for the Royal Family – one that has already been scrutinized and well documented by journalists, biographers and historians.”
Lady Anne Glenconner (pictured in November 2019), who was a lifelong friend of the late Princess Margaret, opened up about The Crown, calling it a “complete fantasy” and “so unfair”
Lady Glenconner, (left) was formerly Lady Anne Coke, eldest daughter of the fifth Earl of Leicester, who was 19 when she was chosen as one of Queen Elizabeth’s six ladies in waiting
Imelda Staunton plays Queen Elizabeth II in season five of the Netflix drama The Crown
Speaking of an episode in series two, which depicted the Duke of Edinburgh as responsible for taking his sister Cecilie’s flight that resulted in her death in a plane crash in 1937, she said it “hurt terribly.”
She said, “That was not true at all and I think something like that is terribly hurtful to say something like that about people. Nobody wants their relationships to break down like that.’
Anne, who turned 90 this year, has made waves with her explosive new book Anything Next.
She joined Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on This Morning Monday to talk about her new book and she said Netflix doesn’t have to “embroider” the truth to appeal to viewers.
The socialite, who was married to Colin Tennant, Baron Glenconner, from 1956 until his death in 2010, said she found the show’s portrayal of Margaret false and “hurtful.”
She added that actress Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret in the show’s third and fourth series, admitted to her that she found Netflix’s portrayal of Margaret “disappointing.”
Lady Anne went on to say that while she doubts the royal family is watching the show, she called Netflix for ‘hurting’ them with untrue claims, particularly about the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Pictured: Anne and Princess Margaret with Colin Tennant, departed, in 1977. The couple were lifelong friends of Margaret
Lady Anne Glenconner told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that Netflix’s The Crown doesn’t have to “embroider” the truth to appeal to viewers
The Aristocrat admitted to Phil and Holly that she had enjoyed the earlier episodes of The Crown, but that it “somehow” went horribly off-piste.
“I know from my own experience that it wasn’t true at all in The Crown.”
She spoke specifically about a pool party scene where her character appeared with Princess Margaret and she said it looked like she was “pimping” for the royal family.
‘Of course that didn’t happen. I don’t know why they had to do that. The real thing about the royal family is so interesting. They don’t have to embroider it,” she said.
Helena Bonham-Carter and Nancy Carroll, right, played Princess Margaret and Anne in the third series of The Crown
She said she talked to Helena Bonham Carter about her appearance on the show after it was released by Netflix.
‘Afterwards I said to her, ‘a bit disappointing, isn’t it?’ And she replied ‘yes, but I’m an actress, I have to do what’s written,'” she added.
Asked by Phil if she thinks the show is harmful to members of the royal family, Anne said: “I think it hurts,” before adding: “I don’t think they watch it,
“The only thing that bothered me was when Prince Philip was accused of killing his sister, which was completely untrue, it hurts so much,” she said.
The socialite told Phil and Holly, left, that she finds the Crown in parts hurtful and ‘completely untrue’
The aristocrat with her husband, Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner in 1955, when they were newly married. Anne has spoken openly about her late husband’s violent tendencies in her new book, Anything Next
She was referring to an episode of the show’s second series in which The Crown suggests that Prince Philip’s older sister Cecilie died in a plane crash because she was flying to the UK to see him, as he had misbehaved at school.
Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark died in a horrific plane crash in 1937 at the age of 26, along with her husband Georg Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and their four children.
They had traveled to the United Kingdom to attend the wedding of Louis, Prince of Hesse and van Rijn.
“Those two events were completely unrelated,” Lady Glenconner emphasized.