Prince Harry and Meghan Markle ‘unable to speak about The Crown’ over Netflix deal

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been backed into a corner over The Crown's controversial portrayal of his parents by their own Netflix deal, it's been claimed.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are unable to say how they really feel about the season 4 portrayal of Prince Charles and Diana's rocky marriage because they have their hands tied by the multimillion-pound deal they've signed with the streaming platform, say commentators.

Speaking on talkRADIO this week, host Mike Graham and journalist Olivia Utley pointed out how the Sussexes have been forced to stay silent about The Crown, even when Harry's brother Prince William has slammed it to friends as "not a very fair depiction" of his parents' relationship.

"Meghan and Harry are in a bit of trouble with this over the fact Harry has said nothing about the way in which his mother and father have been portrayed in this series," said Mike.

Harry and Meghan have their hands tied thanks to their own Netflix deal, meaning they're unable to speak out against The Crown
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Olivia replied: "He has got himself into some hot water. He has got this deal with Netflix so he can't really say anything."

She went on to claim Harry will find himself in similar situations in the future because of "massive conflicts of interest".

"Netflix is where their next paycheck is coming from," she explained.

" Prince Harry is going to find himself in situations like this surely over and over again.

"How could he have just run off to Hollywood and not realised there are going to be huge consequences?

"There are going to be massive conflicts of interest all the time."

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Harry and Meghan have signed a multimillion-pound deal with Netflix
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Season 4 of The Crown covers the period between 1979 to 1990, including Princess Diana's bulimia, Charles's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and Lord Mountbatten's death.

And while none of the Royal family have publicly commented yet, some members have let slip their feelings to friends – telling of their disappointment over their portrayal.

Camilla, however, has been said to enjoy the Netflix series as entertainment, with one source telling Vanity Fair: "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 humour and this won’t fuss her in the slightest.'

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Diana (played by Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles' (Josh O'Connor) rocky marriage plays out in The Crown
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"She has watched it, of course she has and I believe [Charles] has too. I don’t think she has any real issue with it. Her feeling is very much 'never complain, never explain'."

It's believed The Crown's writers are planning a fifth and sixth series of the show after the success of the first four.

It's unclear how far up to the present day they will go, but they are certain to cover the Princess of Wales' tragic death in a car crash and the subsequent fallout on her two sons and the wider family.

*The Crown season 4 is streaming on Netflix now

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