Prince Charles says hes nothing like how they portray him in The Crown, politician claims

Prince Charles once spoke out about how he was “nothing like how they portray” him in The Crown, according to one politician.

The royal’s life features through the Netflix drama, from his childhood through to his adulthood with the latest season showing Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, marrying Princess Diana and covering the later breakdown of their marriage.

The leader of the Scottish Labour party, Anas Sarwar, claims that Charles, who recently visited Cornwall with Camilla, made a quip about his character in the show at an event held before the opening of Scottish Parliament last year.

Speaking at an event at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the politician recalled the alleged incident, saying: “There was a group of MSPs all standing and he came over and went, 'Hello, nice to meet you all' and he went, 'I'm nowhere near how they portray me on Netflix'”.

"I thought that was a really interesting way of how you describe yourself."

Charles has not publicly spoken about his opinions on The Crown and Clarence House does not comment on private conversations.

However, his son Prince Harry has previously admitted he has watched the show, describing it in an interview with James Corden last year as “loosely-based on the truth”.

Harry added: “Of course it is not strictly accurate but it loosely gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else – what can come from that.”

A fifth season of the Netflix series is due out later this year and is set to cover the Royal Family in the 1990s – one of their most turbulent times in recent history.

The early 90s saw the breakdown of the marriages of Charles and Diana as well as Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.

There was also a devastating fire at Windsor Castle in 1992, which the Queen dubbed her "annus horribilis".

Later in the decade, Diana gave her famous BBC Panorama interview, where she talked about Charles's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles.

It comes after the BBC vowed last month to never broadcast its 1995 Panorama interview with Martin Bashir again following the “shocking” revelation of how it was obtained.

An inquiry led by Lord Dyson found the BBC covered up Mr Bashir’s “deceitful behaviour” to secure his headline-making interview with the Princess of Wales and “fell short of high standards of integrity and transparency.”

A report released in July said that the journalist was in “serious breach” of the BBC’s producer guidelines when he faked bank statements and showed them to Diana’s brother Earl Spencer to gain access to her.

BBC boss Tim Davie said: “Now we know about the shocking way that the interview was obtained, I have decided that the BBC will never show the programme again; nor will we license it in whole or part to other broadcasters.

“It does of course remain part of the historical record and there may be occasions in the future when it will be justified for the BBC to use short extracts for journalistic purposes, but these will be few and far between and will need to be agreed at executive committee level and set in the full context of what we now know about the way the interview was obtained.

“I would urge others to exercise similar restraint.”


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