Prince William Is Not Happy With the New Season of ‘The Crown’

The Duke of Cambridge is upset over the show's depiction of his parents.

Prince William is rather displeased with the latest season of The Crown. Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

Ever since The Crown debuted four years ago, eager viewers have wondered what the actual Windsor royal family thinks about the Netflix (NFLX) creation.

The show’s fourth season, which spans the time from 1977 through 1990, just dropped on the streaming service this week, and introduces Princess Diana and, later, young Prince William and Prince Harry.

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Emma Corrin as Princess Diana on The Crown
Emma Corrin makes her debut as Princess Diana in the fourth season of The Crown. Des Willie

The season depicts a rather turbulent time period for the royals, including the beginning, and end, of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship, as well as the Prince of Wales’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles and the Princess of Wales’ struggle with bulimia.

The new episodes aren’t especially kind in their portrayal of Prince Charles, and the royals are reportedly less than thrilled with the show. Prince William, in particular, is especially unhappy with the series.

Princess Diana with Prince Harry, Prince and William(2nd R), and Prince Charles(R) watch the parade march past as part of the commemorations of VJ Day 19 August in London. The commemoration was held outside Buckingham Palace and was attended by 15,000 veterans and tens-of-thousands of spectators.
Princess Diana, Prince Charles, Prince William and Prince Harry in 1995. Johnny Eggitt/AFP/Getty Images

Prince William is “none too pleased with it,” a royal source told the Daily Mail, and he “feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.” Royal expert Richard Fitzwilliams told the Daily Mail that the Duke of Cambridge will “undoubtedly detest” the show for its portrayal of his parents, and the reminder of their acrimonious separation.

According to the British tabloid, the show is “dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago, without a thought for anyone’s feelings. That isn’t right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don’t represent the truth.”

Prince William doesn’t think the show is fair to Prince Charles. Aaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images

There are also reportedly “raised eyebrows” over Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s multimillion-dollar deal with Netflix.

The Crown is a hit with other members of the royal family, though as Princess Eugenie is reportedly a fan. Queen Elizabeth apparently didn’t mind the first season, but has become less enthused as the series has continued. The Duchess of Cornwall’s nephew told Vanity Fair that Camilla enjoyed watching the show, but “wasn’t looking forward to the bits to come.”

Prince William Is Not Happy With the New Season of ‘The Crown’