“The Crown” is a historical drama web television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth ll. The show is created and written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. It was a creation inspired by Morgan’s film ” The Queen” released in 2006 and his stage play ” The Audience”, released in 2013.
The first season depicts the period from Queen Elizabeth ‘s marriage to Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in 1947 to the disintegration of her sister Princess Margaret’s engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend in 1955. Moreover, the second season covers the period from the Suez crisis in 1956 to the retirement of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan in 1964. The third season spans the period between 1964 and 1977, including Harold Wilson’s two periods as the Prime Minister, while the fourth is likely to indulge in Margret Thatcher’s premiership and introduction of Lady Diana Spencer.
Even though the show received accolades at the “23rd screen actors guild awards” and won several prestigious awards, it received severe backlash after an offensive comment by Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret. In the series, during a shopping trip, the princess visits Peebles to buy swimming trunks for lover Roddy Llewellyn.
As she enters the shop, the queen’s sister comments, ” I think we’ve stumbled across an experiment in inbreeding”. The comments were not well taken by the audience as critics believe it relied on ill-informed speculations about the activities of the royals in their private lives.
The SNP councilor Stuart Bell, who represents Tweeddale East, said ” it is well known locally Princess Margaret was a close friend of The Glen near Peebles. The crown is entertainment rather than a factual documentary, but I can not imagine the Royal Family or the bright and Welcoming residents of Peebles today will be very entertained by their dismissed portrayal in that show.” However so far there have been no comments from the casting crew, the directors or even the writers.