'The Crown' peddles a 'subversive' message, says royal historian

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Published on November 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:56s

'The Crown' peddles a 'subversive' message, says royal historian

Television show "The Crown" might have won millions of fans across the globe with its dramatization of the life and reign of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and her family but one royal historian has accused it of peddling a subversive republican message.

Megan Revell reports.


'The Crown' peddles a 'subversive' message, says royal historian

Hit TV show 'The Crown' has won millions of fans its dramatization of the life of Britain's royals.

But as the third season was released, not everyone had rave reviews.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL HISTORIAN, HUGO VICKERS, SAYING: "I think that there is a subtle, subversive republican message.

Yes, I do." Hugo Vickers is a royal historian and takes issue with the Netflix show.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL HISTORIAN, HUGO VICKERS, SAYING: "Because it is so well made, people, even documentary makers, I hate to say, believe the stories in the in The Crown as being true, and they sort of get into the sort of national psyche.

And of course, they aren't." Creator Peter Morgan has said it's based on known facts and imagined private conversations.

But Vickers - who is a passionate monarchist - said its scenes and characters were "idiotic." His biggest objection being the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip ... (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL HISTORIAN, HUGO VICKERS, SAYING: "All they've turned him into is a kind of angry, frustrated Jack, the lad character." ... and Matt Smith's performance.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL HISTORIAN, HUGO VICKERS, SAYING: "He should remain as Doctor Who, whatever he was before." But away from fiction it's been the Queen's son, Prince Andrew, who has recently dominated headlines.

He denied accusations of having sex with an underage girl, an alleged trafficking victim of U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein - who hanged himself in jail while awaiting charges.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ROYAL HISTORIAN, HUGO VICKERS, SAYING: "Well, I think the problems that Prince Andrew's experiencing are obviously very serious for him.

And, you know, without it, it's very difficult for me to go into, the into the detail of it all (...) I don't think it damages the rest of the royal family, particularly.

But, you know, whatever happens, unfortunately, there's been so much mud slung around in his direction that it's bound to stick." The Duke of York's comments have prompted a growing backlash for his rambling denial an interview described by the British media as a "car crash."

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