Prince Philip ‘terribly upset’ over ‘malicious’ The Crown ep, say Royal writers
Prince Philip faced scandal over scandal in Netflix's The Crown but according to two Royal biographers, one episode left him "terribly upset".
The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday at the age of 99, wasn't always painted so great in the past four series of the show.
It was implied in one episode that he was involved in the Profumo sex scandal and he has been portrayed in the drama as a serial philanderer.
In one episode it was claimed he had an affair with acclaimed ballerina Galina Ulanova, despite there being no evidence of this claim at all.
But it was one episode in particular which the Royal authors say really hit the Queen's husband who she was with for 80 years.
The episode in question was the one in which Philip's father blames him for the death of his sister Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, who died in a plane crash in 1937.
Royal biographers claim the Prince was renewing calls for Netflix to apologise and add a disclaimer about fictional events as he claimed it to be untrue.
The Queen's biographer Sally Bedell Smith said the "most egregious" claim in the entire four series involved a scene in the second series.
This scene is when Philip’s father, Prince Andrew, blames his son for Cecilie’s death.
According to The Crown's writers, the scene showed Philip being forbidden to go and visit his sister in Germany after he got in trouble at school so she flew out to him instead.
It is insinuated his father blames his son's poor school behaviour on his sister's death.
At Cecilie’s funeral, Netflix's producers show Philip being told by his dad: "You are the reason we are all here, burying my favourite child."
However 72-year-old Sally insists Philip "had nothing to do with his sister’s death" and didn't even have a rift with his father.
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Sally told the Mail: "Cecilie did die in an air crash but that’s the only thing that was true," she added. "Everything else was invented in a shockingly malicious way."
"It was terribly upsetting to him," she added. "They (Netflix) should emphatically apologise and I think a disclaimer is necessary more than ever.
"Now that he is gone, what they have done to his reputation is in even sharper relief."
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