Apparently, Charles was watching the Netflix drama during its early seasons (which mostly focused on events in his late mother, Queen Elizabeth's, early reign/personal life), but quit the show during season 4 when the plot focus shifted to his own drama with his first wife, Princess Diana.
This bit of royal binge watching intel comes courtesy of royal expert and author Katie Nicholl, who recently explained to True Royalty TV (per Express) that, "[King] Charles watched it and stopped watching it at the last series because he felt that it got too close to the bone."
The reveal tracks with other reports about Charles' attitude toward The Crown, including one from a royal source who told Vanity Fair that he and his wife, Camilla, have no plans to tune in for the newly-dropped fifth season (even though they have watching in the past). "They have watched some of The Crown, but I doubt they’ll be in a hurry to see this one," the source, described as a "family friend," explained.
FWIW, another royal source previously suggested to Vanity Fair that Camilla actually *would* watch the new season (and, TBH, the insider made it sound like she woul;d probably even make a ~whole night~ of it).
"I imagine she’ll be tuning in with a glass of red wine to watch it, she has seen the previous series," the source (this one described as a friend of Camilla's) explained. "She has a wonderful sense of humor and this won’t fuss her in the slightest."
The Camilla source also confirmed that the Queen Consort has watched previous seasons (and that Charles seems to have, too) and that she doesn't let the potentially-uncomfortable subject matter (which includes her husband's first marriage, which ended after his affair with Camilla came to light and, ofc, the eternal cringe that is Tampongate) get to her. "I don’t think she has any real issue with it," the source insisted. "Her feeling is very much 'never complain, never explain.'"
And, with that, the award for Chillest Royal officially goes to Queen Camilla.
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