Netflix will release the fifth season of The Crown next month. However, a royal expert warned Prince William, Prince Harry, King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla about the new season.
Prince William, Harry And King Charles Might Find The Crown Season 5 Uncomfortable, Expert Says
Vanity Fair royal editor Katie Nicholl weighed in on the upcoming season of The Crown, a fictional dramatization of Queen Elizabeth and the royal family's life. According to her, it might not be that comfortable to watch for the members of the royal family because it will largely cover the 1990s, a tumultuous and dark time for the royal family.
"I think this series is going to be quite uncomfortable viewing, not just for [Queen Consort] Camilla and [King] Charles but also for William and Harry," Nicholl explained to Entertainment Tonight. "Scenes leading up to their mother's death are going to be very, very uncomfortable for them."
The author of The New Royals pointed out that it was a "period that they had to live out publicly." Prince Harry and Prince William both talked about how it affected their lives.
"So for this to sort of be revisited, even if it's done tastefully ... for this to be brought up all over again is incredibly hard for William and Harry," Nicholl continued.
"[There is] a sense that, really, their mother's ghost can't ever be laid to rest for them. I think [that] is really still something that's very real and very difficult for them."
The Crown Season 5 Have Several Challenges?
Nicholl did not only warn the royal family about the possible discomfort when the show premieres. The royal expert also believed that the "biggest problem" is because it is "about people who are still alive today."
According to her, the news about Princess Diana's death is still making headlines and has been seen through films and TV series. Nicholl was even convinced that it could be the "biggest rated [season] for the series in terms of viewing."
In addition, she believed that another element of awkwardness is the casting of Dominic West — a real-life friend of Prince Harry — as the young King Charles.
"For Dominic West, going into that role playing Charles, during some of the most tumultuous years of the Royal Family -- and at a time when Charles' popularity was absolutely rock bottom -- I think any actor would jump at the chance because, obviously, it's a wonderful opportunity," Nicholl explained.
"But [they might] also think twice about it as well. I mean, when they were making The Crown they would have known, given the queen's age, given her frailty, [that] there was always a real risk that this series was going to go out when she was either close to death or indeed had died, as is the case."
Nicholl said West had a big responsibility because he was playing an important figure who is currently the king of Britain. Also, "it is the dredging up of a past which he'd much rather move on from."
The Crown Season 5 premieres on Netflix on Nov. 9.
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