The Royal Family Apparently Turned Down Netflix's Offer to Fact Check 'The Crown'

Netflix reportedly asked the royal family to help fact check The Crown, but the royals declined, according to royal correspondents.

  • Netflix recently dropped the fourth season of its hit royal drama, The Crown, but sources close to the royal family say they aren't pleased with the show's portrayal of them. 
  • According to royal correspondent and biographer Omid Scobie, the royals were asked to help fact check the series, but declined to participate.
  • It's unclear if the royal family will take a more active role in fact checking future seasons of The Crown.

It's no secret at this point that the members of the royal family aren't huge fans of Netflix's royal drama The Crown. While the royals themselves have stayed silent on the series, sources close to them have made it clear that they aren't pleased with how The Crown is portraying them and that they find many aspects of the series inaccurate or misleading.

That's why this next little splash of royal tea actually is a bit surprising: Netflix apparently asked the royal family to fact check the drama—and they said no. A "firm no," at that. 

In a discussion on the The Heirpod podcast, royal correspondent and biographer Omid Scobie shared the surprising revelation.

"I always wondered why there wasn't more collaboration between the two," Scobie said, according to The Sun. "Those working on the show did reach out the palace to see if there was an opportunity for fact-checking, but the answer was a firm no. But, now we've reached these key years, I wonder if any royals are kicking themselves for not taking advantage of that opportunity, because this narrative is being shaped for many around the world."

As Scobie went on to point out, The Crown is the only source of "historical" information a lot of people have about the royal family, so it's playing a huge role in shaping how people see the monarchy. 

"They expect 25 million households to view this new season within its first four weeks," Scobie added. "That's 25 million people who will have their opinion of the Royal Family shaped by this."

Still though, we shouldn't count on the royal family to start weighing in on the accuracy of The Crown in the future. 

"I wonder, going forward, if they start moving into the modern era of the royals, if they will decide to become more involved," ABC foreign correspondent Maggie Rulli said on the same podcast. "But, I don't know, it does seem to go against everything the Royal Family stands for, especially the Queen. I can't imagine them actually working with Netflix like this."

Here's hoping the next season of The Crown credits Queen Elizabeth II as a special consultant. 

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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of professional experience covering entertainment of all genres, from new movie and TV releases to nostalgia, and celebrity news. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.