Enough is enough. The Royal Family of England have consulted their lawyers in preparation for the broadcast of season 5 of The Crown, next year on Netflix.
The Royal Family have been told they can sue Netflix for The Crown. Friends close to the royal circle consulted the Queen’s lawyers who said they and the royal family had grounds for legal action.
But why is the royal family mobilizing now? Because season 5 of The Crown will tackle sensitive subjects: the famous “annus horribilis” of the Queen in 1992, the divorce of Charles and Diana and the fallout from Lady Di’s death in 1997.
As a reminder, Queen Elisabeth II had experienced – for the first time in the history of her reign – a fall in popularity. Several days after Lady Diana’s death, the Queen had to express her grief to the British people.
A standoff in perspective
Close friends of the “Firm” (a threatening nickname given to the royal family), worried about their own performances in the upcoming fifth season, recently sought advice from the kingdom’s top lawyers. They were told they had the right to sue the creators of the series. Most importantly, they shared this advice with the Royal Family – paving the way for them to take historic action. A source told the Sun :
Friends of the royal family have sought legal advice. The advice they received would also apply to the royal family. While this is not a direct legal opinion given to the Queen and her family, they have been made aware of this advice.
Season 5 is currently filming across the UK and will air in November 2022. Imelda Staunton will play the Queen with Elizabeth Debicki as Diana and Dominic West as Charles.
Netflix is also set to challenge Prince William by replaying Martin Bashir’s 1995 interview with his mother. We recently announced that this event will have an episode of its own as Prince William specifically requested that no footage from this interview ever be shown again.
A source said: “This season will be the most controversial of all time. It deals with events that are still incredibly vivid for many. Disturbingly enough, a lot of people, especially Americans, seem to think this is indeed a documentary – and much of the drama hasn’t been exactly flattering from a royal point of view. . But these are real people and many are still alive.“
While it is not certain that the royal family will take legal action, those that his relatives could take may weigh on Netflix. The request, long ignored by the platform, to indicate that it is a fiction, now has a better chance of being heard.