The creator of The Crown believes that those who have criticized the show may now feel foolish after watching it.
According to the show’s creator, critics such as Dame Judi Dench and Sir John Major may now feel foolish for their negative views on The Crown.
Prior to the release of the sixth season of the popular Netflix show centered around the British monarchy, screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan expressed that he had never encountered such a widespread controversy with any of his previous works.
Morgan, speaking to Variety, acknowledged the pre-release backlash against The Crown’s portrayal of the royal family. However, he believes that once the show is actually viewed, any critics, including those who have previously spoken out, will be silenced and possibly regret their initial opinions.
Dench and Major criticized the show for its sensationalism and malicious scenes before the release of its second-to-last season last year. In light of this, Netflix added a disclaimer stating that the show is a fictional dramatization to the trailer.
Morgan stated that discussing The Crown in the UK could be challenging. He believes that every person in Britain, whether they realize it or not, has a deep emotional connection to the royal family. This makes it a difficult subject for dramatists to tackle, even though it is a topic that many writers are drawn to.
The last two episodes of the series will be released separately, with the first on November 16 and the second on December 14. These episodes will focus on the tragic deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in a car accident in Paris in 1997, as well as the golden jubilee in 2002 and the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles in 2005.
Morgan, a two-time Oscar nominee for his screenwriting in The Queen and Frost/Nixon, has also been the recipient of multiple Emmys, Golden Globes, and Baftas. He expressed confidence in the decision to end the show nearly two decades before the current timeframe, stating that it was done in a dignified manner.
He mentioned having a concept for a prequel that would take place before Elizabeth II, but it would require specific circumstances to align.
The author mentioned completing the final season just before the passing of Elizabeth II in September. As a result, he modified the ending to acknowledge her passing.
“We had all shared the experience of the funeral. Therefore, due to the intense emotions everyone had felt, I had to figure out a way for the final episode to address the character’s impending death, even though she was still alive.”
Morgan stated that he refrained from reading Prince Harry’s memoir, Spare, as he did not want the prince’s perspective to heavily influence his thoughts.
He expressed empathy towards him, but did not want to read his book.
He also discussed the media attention surrounding the appearance of Diana’s ghost in the upcoming season, clarifying that it was not meant to be interpreted as supernatural.
“She remained alive in the memories of those she left behind. Diana was one of a kind, and that motivated me to portray her in a unique manner. I felt that she deserved to be depicted with special attention in the narrative,” he explained.
Morgan stated that he did not experience any guilt over the “Tampongate” incident in the fifth series. This incident involved a private conversation between Charles and Camilla and was more about the violation of privacy rather than exploitation.