Prince Philip was “very upset” by “shockingly malicious” scenes about him in TV sequence “The Crown,” based on royal biographers.
Philip — who died Friday aged 99 — was upset at listening to how the royal present portrayed him as a serial philanderer who additionally as soon as threatened daughter-in-law Princess Diana, royal experts advised the Mail on Sunday.
The “most egregious” scene, nevertheless, was one in which his father was proven angrily blaming him for his sister’s loss of life in a airplane crash, biographer Sally Bedell Smith advised the UK paper.
The episode urged Philip was purported to go to Germany to go to his sister, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, in 1937 however was forbidden after entering into hassle at college.
His sister determined to fly to the UK to see him, however her airplane crashed, killing her, her husband, their two sons, and an unborn child boy, in addition to her mother-in-law, the report famous of the episode.
The present portrayed Philip’s father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, confronting his son on the funeral — telling him, “You’re the motive we’re all right here, burying my favourite baby.”
Bedell Smith — who revealed a bestselling biography of the Queen — mentioned that Philip “had nothing to do along with his sister’s loss of life,” which by no means triggered a rift along with his father.
“Cecilie did die in an air crash … that’s the one factor that was true,” she advised the UK paper. “The whole lot else was invented in an incredibly malicious approach.”
Whereas Philip and Queen Elizabeth II each refused to observe the controversial present, the Duke of Edinburgh was advised concerning the storyline — which was “terribly upsetting to him,” Bedell Smith mentioned.
Netflix “ought to emphatically apologize,” the biographer mentioned.
“And I believe a disclaimer is important greater than ever,” she insisted of earlier requires the present to warn viewers that it was a drama somewhat than a traditionally correct retelling.
“Now that he’s gone, what they’ve achieved to his fame is in even sharper aid,” she mentioned.
One other royal biographer, Hugo Vickers, additionally insisted that Philip had been “very upset” concerning the present.
“How disgraceful it was to show Prince Philip right into a caricature individual – by no means doing any work in the sequence,” he advised the UK paper.
“The depiction was merciless and deeply unfair. The least Netflix may do was to alert viewers with a disclaimer.”
Producers of “The Crown” mentioned Friday that they had been “deeply saddened” by information of Philip’s loss of life, saying, “Our ideas are with the Royal Household at this unhappy time.”
Actors Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies, who each performed Philip, additionally posted tributes to the late prince.
Nonetheless, Netflix and the present’s creator, Peter Morgan, didn’t reply when requested if they might apologize for the portrayal of Philip, the Mail on Sunday mentioned.