There's been a lot of debate over which parts of the show are true, though it's important to remember that The Crown is a fictionalised version of real people and events - and Buckingham Palace has previously stated that the royal household doesn't give any endorsement to the show.
Still, while there are a lot of similarities between scenes in The Crown and real-life photos and footage, The Crown's creator has now spoken out explaining his use of fabricated scenes in the show.
Speaking on The Crown: The Official Podcast, Peter Morgan defended his decision to include some fabricated scenes, specifically addressing the scene in the first episode of season four where Lord Mountbatten writes a letter to Prince Charles.
The episode sees Lord Mountbatten (a mentor and grandfather-figure to Prince Charles) urging Charles to find a wife and discouraging him from continuing to see Camilla Parker Bowles to avoid bringing "ruin and disappointment" to the royal family, in a letter which he sends just before he is killed by an IRA bomb. Charles then receives the letter after it has been announced that Lord Mountbatten has died.
Peter Morgan has defended fabricating the letter scene, saying that he believes it was partly based on the truth.
"What we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, ‘Look, you know, enough already with playing the field. It’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir.' As the heir, I think were was some concern that he should settle down, marry the appropriate person and get on with it," he explained on the podcast.
"In my own head, I thought that would have even greater impact on Charles if it were to come post-mortem, as it were. I think everything what’s in that letter that Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe, based on everything I’ve read and people I’ve spoken to, that represents his view," Peter continued.
However, he added, "We will never know if it was put into a letter, and we will never know if Charles got that letter before or after Mountbatten’s death, but in this particular drama, this is how I decided to deal with it."
Buckingham Palace have previously stated that "the royal household is not complicit in interpretations made by the programme". The Queen’s communications secretary Donal McCabe added in a statement: "The royal household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme’s accuracy."
So, we reckon take everything you see in The Crown with a pinch of salt, then.
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