Could the royal family sue Netflix over ‘The Crown’ portrayals?

Could the royal family sue Netflix over ‘The Crown’ portrayals?


The Firm might need to find a law firm pretty soon.

Friends of the royal family are reportedly so worried about how the upcoming season of Netflix’s “The Crown” will portray the Queen and her family, according to the Sun, that pals of Britain’s monarchy have reportedly “sought legal advice.”

“The advice [their friends] received would also apply to the Royal Family,” a source claimed to the British publication, noting the royals might be able to sue the streaming service. Experts from Queen Elizabeth’s go-to law firms — Farrer & Co and Harbottle & Lewis — are said to have provided the legal advice, the Sun reported.

“Although this is not direct legal advice given to the Queen and her family — they have been made aware of this advice,” the source claimed.

The Post has reached out to Netflix for comment.

Season 5 of “The Crown” will show the family as they make their way through the mid-1990s and deal with the trials and tribulations of being royal, with all eyes on Princess Diana and Prince Charles as they try to save their crumbling marriage. Imelda Staunton will take over the role of the Queen from Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Debicki will portray the late Princess of Wales and Dominic West has been cast as Prince Charles.

“This series will be the most controversial ever. It deals with events that are still incredibly raw for many,” the Sun’s insider added.

Tobias Menzies and Olivia Colman as Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II in Season 4 of “The Crown,” respectively.
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“The Queen’s lawyers have been keeping a close eye on everything,” another source claimed. “Given [Prince Harry’s] money-spinning deal, ‘The Crown’ has become even more of a talking point.”

Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle scored a multi-year and multi-million dollar deal with Netflix to produce exclusive content in 2020.

“Worryingly, a lot of people, especially Americans, seem to think [‘The Crown’] is effectively a documentary — and much of the drama hasn’t exactly been flattering from a royal perspective. But these are real people and many are still alive,” the insider claimed to the Sun. “The next series could potentially be very damaging.”

Diana’s friend Jemima Khan recently cut her ties with the historical drama, leaving her role as a consultant for the show.

Queen Elizabeth
“This series will be the most controversial ever. It deals with events that are still incredibly raw for many,” a source revealed.
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Khan told the Sunday Times earlier this month that creator Peter Morgan asked her to consult on scripts for Season 5. However, she parted ways with the production because she felt like Diana’s final years weren’t being shown “respectfully or compassionately.”

“We worked together on the outline and scripts from September 2020 until February 2021,” she told the newspaper. “When our co-writing agreement was not honored, and when I realized that particular storyline would not necessarily be told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped, I requested that all my contributions be removed from the series and I declined a credit.”



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