This Scene From The Crown Might Upset Prince Harry More Than Any Others, According to a Royal Expert

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The Netflix series The Crown has been a source of controversy and curiosity for its depiction of the British royal family. It’s well-known that Prince Harry has mixed feelings about the dramatization of his family’s life.

Back in 2021, during in an interview with James Corden on The Late Late Show Prince Harry said of the show, “They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional, but it’s loosely based on the truth.” Harry also confessed that he was “way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself.”

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Cut to two years later, Prince Harry reportedly has stopped watching the show altogether — and royal expert Angela Levin thinks one particular scene would have him fuming: the portrayal of how Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles, broke the news to him and his older brother, Prince William, about their mother’s fatal car crash in 1997.

“But the other thing that’s quite interesting is that Harry said in his own book Spare that his father didn’t cuddle him or hold him when he came in to tell them that his mother was killed,” Levin told Richard Tice on GB News, per Express UK.

“I remember waiting patiently for Pa to confirm that indeed Mummy was all right,” Harry recalled in Spare. “And I remember him not doing that.” Prince Charles told him that his mother “didn’t make it.”

“These phrases remain in my mind like darts in a board,” Prince Harry said. “He did say it that way, I know that much for sure. She didn’t make it. And then everything seemed to come to a stop,” he wrote, per People.

“And in fact, they don’t care about that in The Crown,” Levin said of the more forgiving portrayal of Prince Charles in the series. “[T]hey make sure he holds him, and strokes him, and being terribly nice to him, so they didn’t even listen to what Harry has said.”

She also believes that Princess Diana funeral scenes could also be particularly triggering to Prince Harry, especially given his contentious relationship with his older brother. “What’s interesting is that Harry said to me, because I wrote his biography, he said to me he couldn’t bear people crying because they didn’t know his mother, and that made him unable to cry for a number of years,” Levin explained. “However, [the show] make[s] sure that William is actually saying this. So, they’ve taken all Harry’s feelings and put it under William – he’ll be furious.”

Levin’s comments shed light on the emotional gravity of the situation and how it could potentially affect Prince Harry. It’s a stark reminder that while The Crown may be a riveting drama for viewers worldwide, it’s a painful revisitation of real-life events for the people it portrays.

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