Prince Harry has confirmed that he watches Netflix‘s controversial series The Crown – laughing as he revealed in a new bombshell TV interview that he has watched the ‘more recent’ episodes that portray ‘sensationalized’ accounts of his late mother Diana’s bulimia battle and her bitter divorce from Charles.
The 38-year-old made the admission during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with a teaser trailer for the pre-taped sit-down capturing Harry laughing uproariously while joking to the TV host that he ‘fact checks’ the highly-criticized show.
‘Yes I have actually watched The Crown,’ Harry – who has a production deal with Netflix that is reported to be worth $100 million – told Colbert after the late night host asked if he had seen the series.
‘The older stuff and the more recent stuff.’
Harry then burst into fits of laughter and mimed taking notes as Colbert questioned whether he ‘fact checks’ the show – before admitting: ‘Yes, I do actually.’
Prince Harry has confirmed that he watches The Crown, revealing during an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert that he has seen the ‘older and more recent stuff’
The 38-year-old’s admission that he has watched more recent episodes suggests he has seen the show’s highly-dramatized portrayal of his parents’ bitter divorce
He then suggested that The Crown does not offer an entirely factual version of events – before pointing at his book as an apparent example of accuracy, saying: ‘Which is why it’s so important that history has it right.’
Despite his jovial response to the question, the Duke’s admission that he’s watched multiple episodes of the show will likely prompt furious criticism and questions about why he and wife Meghan Markle have continued to work with streaming giant Netflix, despite its brutal portrayal of the royal family – and Harry’s parents in particular.
Season five of the series – which is the most recent – drew bitter backlash over its ‘malicious’ storylines, which included agonizing portrayals of the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage, as well as a fictional scene in which the future King is seen plotting to overthrow the Queen.
The latest storylines have been widely bashed for their ‘malicious’ and ‘lurid’ content with critics branding Harry a ‘hypocrite’ for refusing to pull the plug on his Netflix deal in response to the streaming giant’s portrayal of his family.
To add insult to grievous injury, season five of the show was released just a matter of weeks after the Queen passed away at the age of 96.
Meanwhile the previous season included scenes that depicted Diana’s bulimia battle – showing her gorging on food before vomiting into a toilet in clips that were deemed to be so graphic they carried on-screen warnings.
Although Harry did not confirm which episodes he has and hasn’t watched, his revelation that he’s seen both the ‘older and more recent stuff’ suggests that he’s been privy to at least a small portion of that content.
It is understood that the upcoming season of the show will also feature graphic portrayals of Diana’s death, with on-set images revealing the gruesome staging of the Paris car crash that claimed her life, as well as a recreation of her funeral at which Harry and William famously walked behind her coffin.
Harry features in the latest episodes of the show (seen center left) – which has been slammed over its ‘callous’ portrayal of the royal family, including Diana and King Charles
Season four of the show depicted Diana’s battle with bulimia and featured scenes showing actress Emma Corrin binging and vomiting into a toilet, which were deemed so graphic they carried an on-screen warning
Although Netflix has insisted that it will not show the ‘exact moment’ of Diana’s death, on-set images reveal the streaming giant plans to show the lead-up to it in agonizing detail
Netflix has insisted the ‘exact moment’ of the crash will not feature in the controversial drama, however the photos suggest that the series will capture the moments leading up to the fatal collision in horrifying detail.
Exclusive images published by the Daily Mail in October showed the filming of a Mercedes-Benz – which is an identical copy of the vehicle in which Diana was traveling when she died – just 100 yards away from the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, where the crash happened in the early hours of August 31, 1997.
Netflix has been met with fury over its plans to dramatize the hours leading up to the accident, with reports even suggesting that The Crown’s own crew members had been left up in arms over an apparent decision to make actress Elizabeth Debicki lie in an open coffin and pretend to be the dead Princess Diana.
Onlookers on set told The Sun that cast members were visibly upset during the filming of the scene.
One said: ‘They actually made Elizabeth climb into a coffin and play dead as Diana. Viewers will see a French priest administering the last rites for Diana as she is pronounced deceased.
‘Prince Charles enters the room and is in floods of tears. In his hysteria he notices that Diana is missing an earring. It is all he can focus on as grief envelops him.’
They added: ‘Princes William and Harry never saw their mother dead in a coffin and they shouldn’t have to watch this. Nor should the British public.’
The sixth season of the show will also reportedly feature medics covered in blood trying to save Diana, a distraught Prince Charles after seeing the body, and Prince William and Prince Harry at the funeral.
Harry did not reveal whether he is aware of this information – or whether he plans to watch the streaming platform’s dramatic retelling of his mother’s tragic death, and indeed his own struggle to cope with it.
However, the Duke of Sussex’s laughing admission that he watches the show suggests that he has no plans to join the increasing crowd of critics who have furiously bashed its ‘cruel’ depiction of the royal family.