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Royal Family 'Told They Have Grounds To Sue Netflix' Over The Crown

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Royal Family 'Told They Have Grounds To Sue Netflix' Over The Crown

The Royal Family have been told they could have grounds to sue Netflix over The Crown.

Close friends of the family who were concerned about their own portrayals in the upcoming fifth season of the show reportedly sought legal advice from law firms Farrer & Co and Harbottle & Lewis.

According to the Sun, the 'close' friends were told they and the Royal Family could have reasonable grounds to sue the creators of The Crown.

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The friends are reported to have told the Monarch that the family could file a lawsuit against the show's creators.

A source told the Sun: "Friends of the Royal Family sought legal advice.

"The advice they received would also apply to the Royal Family.

"Although this is not direct legal advice given to the Queen and her family - they have been made aware of this advice."

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Earlier this month, Princess Diana's friend Jemima Khan revealed she was dropping out of co-writing the show following a disagreement with a fellow writer due to the late Princess' story not being told as 'respectfully or compassionately' as she had hoped.

Speaking to The Times, Khan said: "In 2019, Peter Morgan asked me to co-write on the fifth series of The Crown, particularly those episodes which concerned Princess Diana's last years before she died. After a great deal of thought, having never spoken publicly about any of this before, I decided to contribute.

"It was really important to me that the final years of my friend's life be portrayed accurately and with compassion, as has not always happened in the past... We worked together on the outline and scripts from September 2020 until February 2021.

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"When our co-writing agreement was not honoured, and when I realised that particular storyline would not necessarily be told as respectfully or compassionately as I had hoped, I requested that all my contributions be removed from the series."

The fifth season of the show is currently being filmed, and will star Imelda Staunton as the Queen, Dominic West as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana.

It's set to land on Netflix in November next year and will be followed by a sixth and final season.

Announcing the sixth season, Morgan said: "Series six will not bring us any closer to present day - it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.

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"As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons."

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Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

Claire Reid
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