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Slide 1 of 12: The order of this list was determined by 0 votes on Ranker.com. As one of the most popular series of the last decade, The Crown is lauded by fans and critics alike. But what does the royal family think about The Crown? After all, the show is about real people. Queen Elizabeth II and her family, as well as their struggles to maintain private lives in very public roles, take center stage in the Netflix drama. Some of it is true; some of it is not. But regardless of how accurate it actually is, The Crown pulls back the curtain to study the humans behind the monarchy. Everyone in the British royal family apparently has different opinions about The Crown. Some of them - like the Duchess of Cornwall - are amused by the concept, unbothered by the baseless untruths or painful truths it depicts. Others - like Prince William - are reportedly alarmed by how the show portrays beloved family members or misrepresents the past. These opinions have been voiced directly by members of the family through interviews, or they've been leaked through anonymous sources or hearsay. Whether enthusiastic or appalled, indifferent or cautious, the queen and her family seem to recognize that The Crown is powerful entertainment, for better or for worse. Visit Ranker.com for similar lists and rankings.

Slide 2 of 12: As of Season 4 of The Crown - which takes place mainly in the 1980s - Prince Harry isn't a fully formed character yet - he appears as a child in the background. But even if he isn't featured, his parents' painful marriage is, and the show dramatizes everything from their incompatability to their infidelity. The Crown's depiction of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's toxic relationship - and the royal family's mistreatment of Diana - doesn't bother Harry. As he told James Corden on The Late Late Show: They don't pretend to be news. It's fictional. But it's loosely based on the truth... I'm way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself. Because... [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you're supposedly news. I have a real issue with that. Harry's relative ease with the show may be secured by the fact that it won't directly feature his relationship with Meghan Markle, the British press's negative coverage of her, or their departure from royal duties in 2020. Show creator and writer Peter Morgan clarified for The Hollywood Reporter: I just think you get so much more interesting [with time]. Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don't know what their journey is or how it will end. One wishes some happiness, but I'm much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago.

Slide 3 of 12: The central character of The Crown is Queen Elizabeth II, who must balance her roles as head of state and matriarch to a family of privileged royals. Though the show takes liberties with certain aspects of her life, other parts - such as her feelings about the Aberfan disaster in 1966 - are documented. Overall, The Crown tends to paint a relatively sympathetic portrait of the queen as an individual trapped in an institution, but it has become more critical of her in later seasons. What does the queen think about the show? According to a "senior royal source," she watched the first season with her son Edward and daughter-in-law Sophie and "really liked it, although obviously there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatized." Actor Vanessa Kirby - who portrayed Princess Margaret in Seasons 1 and 2 - has given some evidence that Elizabeth enjoyed the show - but it's all based on hearsay. As she told Vanity Fair: A friend of mine was at a party and didn't know anymore, so he sidled up to this group who were talking about The Crown, when one said, "Well, my granny watches it and really likes it." It slowly dawned on him that the girl was [Princess] Eugenie and her granny was the queen. Elizabeth's enthusiasm apparently dampened considerably after the first season, when the show became increasingly critical of Prince Philip and his insistence that Prince Charles attend the spartan Gordonstoun boarding school, Philip's alma mater. In a statement to The Express, one unnamed "senior palace official" shared: I can convey that [the queen] was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son's well-being. She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland. That simply did not happen. Another report indicates that the queen has not, in fact, watched the show at all. 

Slide 4 of 12: As the second-in-line to the throne, Prince William understands that his job is to support the family business. Indeed, his role in the royal family has prompted many to wonder if he has seen the show and what he thinks of it. Oscar-winning actor Alicia Vikander, who met Prince William at an official event during his royal tour of her native Sweden, even tried to gauge his opinions on the show. She revealed in W Magazine: "Well, I've seen The Crown. It was actually the first thing my friend and I started talking about with William... Apparently he's a Game of Thrones fan." Olivia Colman, who starred as Queen Elizabeth II in Seasons 3 and 4, also took an opportunity to measure his thoughts, recounting on The Graham Norton Show: I met Prince William at a dinner and he asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, "Actually, I know what you're doing." I was so excited and asked, "Have you watched it?" His answer was a firm "No." But he was very charming and very lovely. It turns out that Prince William doesn't feel the need to watch the show in order to have strong opinions about it - especially after Season 4, which heavily focused on his parents' disastrous relationship. A source who claims to be a friend of Prince Charles told the Daily Mail: The Duke of Cambridge is none too pleased about [the show]. He feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.

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Slide 5 of 12: Since the beginning, The Crown hasn't really done Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, any favors: It's portrayed him as an insecure, insensitive, dismissive, entitled, and emotionally stunted cad who can't bear the fact that he is his wife's subject. In Season 2, the show also heavily implies that Philip had an affair, a plot point that is not based on documented fact. It's probably a good thing, then, that Philip reportedly hasn't watched the show at all. When speaking to The Observer, actor Matt Smith - who portrays Philip in Seasons 1 and 2 - relayed a story he heard from an acquaintance who met Philip. The acquaintance asked him if he had seen the show. As Smith recounted, Philip gave the person a look that said, "Don't. Be. Ridiculous."

Slide 6 of 12: Seasons 3 and 4 of The Crown began to explore one of the most controversial relationships in the royal family - the one between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. The show portrays Charles as instantly smitten with Parker Bowles, who is torn between her affection for him and another man. In a move with no basis in fact, The Crown suggests that the royal family tore the couple apart, destroying Charles's chance of happiness and paving the road for his ill-fated relationship with the more-suitable Lady Diana Spencer. As portrayed by Emerald Fennell, Camilla on The Crown is confident, plucky, and sure of herself, something the character seems to have in common with the real Duchess of Cornwall. In fact, the real Camilla has apparently gamely watched the show. As Vanity Fair reported in 2020, one of her alleged friends claimed that she was looking forward to Season 4: I imagine she'll be tuning in with a glass of red wine to watch it; she has seen the previous series. She has a wonderful sense of humor and this won't fuss her in the slightest. Camilla's nephew Ben Elliott struck a slightly different tone when he told Vanity Fair that his aunt "wasn't looking forward to the bits to come" ahead of Season 3.

Slide 7 of 12: The biggest fans of The Crown in the royal family seem to be Queen Elizabeth's youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex. One anonymous "senior royal source" told the Sunday Express that the couple - who enjoy a very good relationship with the queen - watched The Crown with Elizabeth as part of their weekly entertainment: Edward and Sophie love The Crown. It has been a longstanding arrangement that they drive to Windsor [Castle] at the weekend to join the queen for an informal supper while watching TV or a film. They have a Netflix account and urged her to watch it with them. Happily, she really liked it, although obviously there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatized. It's unclear if the royal couple are still enthusiastic about the show, based on its later seasons. Prince Edward the character makes his first appearance in Season 4: He is portrayed as a picked-on, entitled teenager. 

Slide 8 of 12: When speaking to Britain's ITV for a documentary, Princess Anne admitted that, though she hasn't watched the entire show, she had seen bits and pieces of The Crown and found it "quite interesting." Princess Anne may not watch the show, but she apparently reads about it. In the same documentary, she said: I read an article the other day about The Crown, the actress [Erin Doherty] was talking about how long it took them to do their hair like I did. And I'm thinking, "How could it possibly take that long?" I mean it takes me 10 or 15 minutes. There's no word on what Princess Anne thinks about how the show portrays her beyond her hair. In the show, Anne is a chip off the old block: Like Philip, she's no-nonsense, uncompromising, and delivers stinging barbs. Though the show doesn't cover the drama of the time she was almost kidnapped, it does dive into her fling with Andrew Parker Bowles - who would become Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's first husband - even as it plays fast and loose with the timeline.

Slide 9 of 12: Unlike her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice - daughters of Prince Andrew, Elizabeth's third child - haven't yet had to endure the pain of watching their parents' separation play out on screen. Indeed, though Prince Andrew appears in the fourth season of The Crown - he comes across as arrogant, and the show hints at his problematic sex life - their mother Sarah Ferguson is almost entirely absent. For her part, Eugenie is willing to give the show credit where it's due. As she admitted at a 2017 event: I did watch a couple of episodes of The Crown. It is filmed beautifully. The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it. I can't speak for everyone but that's how I felt when I watched it.

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Slide 10 of 12: Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson isn't featured much in The Crown. The show does offer a glimpse of her, however, in a scene briefly referencing her wedding.  Even though she doesn't appear in it very much - or perhaps because of that - Ferguson has gone on the record to praise the show - at least its technical aspects. She told Us Weekly: I thought it was filmed beautifully. The cinematography was excellent. I loved the way they put my wedding in as well. 

Slide 11 of 12: Zara Tindall - Princess Anne's youngest child - isn't featured in The Crown at all, though it's possible she will appear in future seasons. Nonetheless, Tindall admitted to The Telegraph that she has seen the show. Her husband Mike Tindall has provided specifics. While appearing on a rugby-themed podcast, Tindall - a former professional rugby player - volunteered that he has been watching the show all the way through: I need to catch up... because I only got about halfway through Season 3 so, I started watching Season 3 last night and then I'll catch up. But I've seen it all over the place this morning, and on those popular midday TV shows, so, yeah, I'm quite intrigued to see where they go with it because obviously it's an era that people are fascinated with.  Mike Tindall also said the show is "getting to more things that people know about... and have opinions about so, that's where it gets difficult... But remember everyone, it is a drama," and not a documentary.

Slide 12 of 12: Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth's younger sister, is one of the most complex characters on The Crown. Denied the ability to marry the man she loved in Season 1, Margaret boozes and swans her way through the show, delivering sharp, witty critiques about the monarchy - even as she remains in love with its glamour and privileges. Princess Margaret passed in early 2002 after suffering from poor health for a number of years, so it's impossible to know what she would think of the series.  Margaret's grandson Arthur Chatto - son of Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto - has given his opinion on the show, however. As he explained to The Telegraph: Yes, I have watched it. I guess it's only an interpretation. So I just kind of remember what they're actually like and don't let the TV persona mar my judgment of any of them.

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What The Royal Family Actually Thinks Of 'The Crown'

The order of this list was determined by 0 votes on Ranker.com.

As one of the most popular series of the last decade, The Crown is lauded by fans and critics alike. But what does the royal family think about The Crown? After all, the show is about real people. Queen Elizabeth II and her family, as well as their struggles to maintain private lives in very public roles, take center stage in the Netflix drama. Some of it is true; some of it is not. But regardless of how accurate it actually is, The Crown pulls back the curtain to study the humans behind the monarchy.

Everyone in the British royal family apparently has different opinions about The Crown. Some of them - like the Duchess of Cornwall - are amused by the concept, unbothered by the baseless untruths or painful truths it depicts. Others - like Prince William - are reportedly alarmed by how the show portrays beloved family members or misrepresents the past. These opinions have been voiced directly by members of the family through interviews, or they've been leaked through anonymous sources or hearsay. Whether enthusiastic or appalled, indifferent or cautious, the queen and her family seem to recognize that The Crown is powerful entertainment, for better or for worse.

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Prince Harry Prefers The Show To The British Press

As of Season 4 of The Crown - which takes place mainly in the 1980s - Prince Harry isn't a fully formed character yet - he appears as a child in the background. But even if he isn't featured, his parents' painful marriage is, and the show dramatizes everything from their incompatability to their infidelity.

The Crown's depiction of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's toxic relationship - and the royal family's mistreatment of Diana - doesn't bother Harry. As he told James Corden on The Late Late Show:

They don't pretend to be news. It's fictional. But it's loosely based on the truth... I'm way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself. Because... [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you're supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.

Harry's relative ease with the show may be secured by the fact that it won't directly feature his relationship with Meghan Markle, the British press's negative coverage of her, or their departure from royal duties in 2020. Show creator and writer Peter Morgan clarified for The Hollywood Reporter:

I just think you get so much more interesting [with time]. Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don't know what their journey is or how it will end. One wishes some happiness, but I'm much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago.

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Queen Elizabeth II Apparently 'Really Liked' The Show... Until She Didn't

The central character of The Crown is Queen Elizabeth II, who must balance her roles as head of state and matriarch to a family of privileged royals. Though the show takes liberties with certain aspects of her life, other parts - such as her feelings about the Aberfan disaster in 1966 - are documented. Overall, The Crown tends to paint a relatively sympathetic portrait of the queen as an individual trapped in an institution, but it has become more critical of her in later seasons.

What does the queen think about the show? According to a "senior royal source," she watched the first season with her son Edward and daughter-in-law Sophie and "really liked it, although obviously there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatized."

Actor Vanessa Kirby - who portrayed Princess Margaret in Seasons 1 and 2 - has given some evidence that Elizabeth enjoyed the show - but it's all based on hearsay. As she told Vanity Fair:

A friend of mine was at a party and didn't know anymore, so he sidled up to this group who were talking about The Crown, when one said, "Well, my granny watches it and really likes it." It slowly dawned on him that the girl was [Princess] Eugenie and her granny was the queen.

Elizabeth's enthusiasm apparently dampened considerably after the first season, when the show became increasingly critical of Prince Philip and his insistence that Prince Charles attend the spartan Gordonstoun boarding school, Philip's alma mater. In a statement to The Express, one unnamed "senior palace official" shared:

I can convey that [the queen] was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son's well-being. She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland. That simply did not happen.

Another report indicates that the queen has not, in fact, watched the show at all. 

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Prince William Reportedly Thinks His Parents Are Being Exploited For Entertainment

As the second-in-line to the throne, Prince William understands that his job is to support the family business. Indeed, his role in the royal family has prompted many to wonder if he has seen the show and what he thinks of it.

Oscar-winning actor Alicia Vikander, who met Prince William at an official event during his royal tour of her native Sweden, even tried to gauge his opinions on the show. She revealed in W Magazine: "Well, I've seen The Crown. It was actually the first thing my friend and I started talking about with William... Apparently he's a Game of Thrones fan."

Olivia Colman, who starred as Queen Elizabeth II in Seasons 3 and 4, also took an opportunity to measure his thoughts, recounting on The Graham Norton Show:

I met Prince William at a dinner and he asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, "Actually, I know what you're doing." I was so excited and asked, "Have you watched it?" His answer was a firm "No." But he was very charming and very lovely.

It turns out that Prince William doesn't feel the need to watch the show in order to have strong opinions about it - especially after Season 4, which heavily focused on his parents' disastrous relationship. A source who claims to be a friend of Prince Charles told the Daily Mail:

The Duke of Cambridge is none too pleased about [the show]. He feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.

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Philip Reportedly Implied It Would Be 'Ridiculous' If He Watched It At All

Since the beginning, The Crown hasn't really done Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, any favors: It's portrayed him as an insecure, insensitive, dismissive, entitled, and emotionally stunted cad who can't bear the fact that he is his wife's subject. In Season 2, the show also heavily implies that Philip had an affair, a plot point that is not based on documented fact.

It's probably a good thing, then, that Philip reportedly hasn't watched the show at all. When speaking to The Observer, actor Matt Smith - who portrays Philip in Seasons 1 and 2 - relayed a story he heard from an acquaintance who met Philip. The acquaintance asked him if he had seen the show. As Smith recounted, Philip gave the person a look that said, "Don't. Be. Ridiculous."

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Camilla Parker Bowles Allegedly Has A 'Sense Of Humor' That's Allowed Her To Enjoy Watching It

Seasons 3 and 4 of The Crown began to explore one of the most controversial relationships in the royal family - the one between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. The show portrays Charles as instantly smitten with Parker Bowles, who is torn between her affection for him and another man. In a move with no basis in fact, The Crown suggests that the royal family tore the couple apart, destroying Charles's chance of happiness and paving the road for his ill-fated relationship with the more-suitable Lady Diana Spencer.

As portrayed by Emerald Fennell, Camilla on The Crown is confident, plucky, and sure of herself, something the character seems to have in common with the real Duchess of Cornwall.

In fact, the real Camilla has apparently gamely watched the show. As Vanity Fair reported in 2020, one of her alleged friends claimed that she was looking forward to Season 4:

I imagine she'll be tuning in with a glass of red wine to watch it; she has seen the previous series. She has a wonderful sense of humor and this won't fuss her in the slightest.

Camilla's nephew Ben Elliott struck a slightly different tone when he told Vanity Fair that his aunt "wasn't looking forward to the bits to come" ahead of Season 3.

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Edward And Sophie Reportedly Love 'The Crown' And Set Up Watch Parties With The Queen

The biggest fans of The Crown in the royal family seem to be Queen Elizabeth's youngest son Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex. One anonymous "senior royal source" told the Sunday Express that the couple - who enjoy a very good relationship with the queen - watched The Crown with Elizabeth as part of their weekly entertainment:

Edward and Sophie love The Crown. It has been a longstanding arrangement that they drive to Windsor [Castle] at the weekend to join the queen for an informal supper while watching TV or a film. They have a Netflix account and urged her to watch it with them. Happily, she really liked it, although obviously there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatized.

It's unclear if the royal couple are still enthusiastic about the show, based on its later seasons. Prince Edward the character makes his first appearance in Season 4: He is portrayed as a picked-on, entitled teenager. 

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Princess Anne Finds The Show 'Quite Interesting'

When speaking to Britain's ITV for a documentary, Princess Anne admitted that, though she hasn't watched the entire show, she had seen bits and pieces of The Crown and found it "quite interesting."

Princess Anne may not watch the show, but she apparently reads about it. In the same documentary, she said:

I read an article the other day about The Crown, the actress [Erin Doherty] was talking about how long it took them to do their hair like I did. And I'm thinking, "How could it possibly take that long?" I mean it takes me 10 or 15 minutes.

There's no word on what Princess Anne thinks about how the show portrays her beyond her hair. In the show, Anne is a chip off the old block: Like Philip, she's no-nonsense, uncompromising, and delivers stinging barbs. Though the show doesn't cover the drama of the time she was almost kidnapped, it does dive into her fling with Andrew Parker Bowles - who would become Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's first husband - even as it plays fast and loose with the timeline.

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Princess Eugenie Thinks Parts Of The Show Are 'Wonderful' And Make Her 'Proud'

Unlike her cousins Prince William and Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie and her sister Princess Beatrice - daughters of Prince Andrew, Elizabeth's third child - haven't yet had to endure the pain of watching their parents' separation play out on screen. Indeed, though Prince Andrew appears in the fourth season of The Crown - he comes across as arrogant, and the show hints at his problematic sex life - their mother Sarah Ferguson is almost entirely absent.

For her part, Eugenie is willing to give the show credit where it's due. As she admitted at a 2017 event:

I did watch a couple of episodes of The Crown. It is filmed beautifully. The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it. I can't speak for everyone but that's how I felt when I watched it.

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Sarah Ferguson Admires The Cinematography

Prince Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson isn't featured much in The Crown. The show does offer a glimpse of her, however, in a scene briefly referencing her wedding. 

Even though she doesn't appear in it very much - or perhaps because of that - Ferguson has gone on the record to praise the show - at least its technical aspects. She told Us Weekly:

I thought it was filmed beautifully. The cinematography was excellent. I loved the way they put my wedding in as well. 

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Zara And Mike Tindall Are Fascinated By The Show But Say It's Getting 'Difficult' To Watch

Zara Tindall - Princess Anne's youngest child - isn't featured in The Crown at all, though it's possible she will appear in future seasons. Nonetheless, Tindall admitted to The Telegraph that she has seen the show.

Her husband Mike Tindall has provided specifics. While appearing on a rugby-themed podcast, Tindall - a former professional rugby player - volunteered that he has been watching the show all the way through:

I need to catch up... because I only got about halfway through Season 3 so, I started watching Season 3 last night and then I'll catch up. But I've seen it all over the place this morning, and on those popular midday TV shows, so, yeah, I'm quite intrigued to see where they go with it because obviously it's an era that people are fascinated with. 

Mike Tindall also said the show is "getting to more things that people know about... and have opinions about so, that's where it gets difficult... But remember everyone, it is a drama," and not a documentary.

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Arthur Chatto Finds It Entertaining But Has To Remember To Separate Fact From Fiction

Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth's younger sister, is one of the most complex characters on The Crown. Denied the ability to marry the man she loved in Season 1, Margaret boozes and swans her way through the show, delivering sharp, witty critiques about the monarchy - even as she remains in love with its glamour and privileges.

Princess Margaret passed in early 2002 after suffering from poor health for a number of years, so it's impossible to know what she would think of the series. 

Margaret's grandson Arthur Chatto - son of Margaret's daughter Lady Sarah Chatto - has given his opinion on the show, however. As he explained to The Telegraph:

Yes, I have watched it. I guess it's only an interpretation. So I just kind of remember what they're actually like and don't let the TV persona mar my judgment of any of them.

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