The Crown | What does and what is fiction in season 4 of the acclaimed drama

Season 4 of “ The Crown ” recently debuted on Netflix and quickly became its best – either because of the aesthetic continuity of previous years, or because of Emma Corrin’s final, visceral interpretation in as Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.

However, it is undeniable to say that the series has its slippages, mainly at the level of historical precision (which, in fact, doesn’t make much of a difference when one hears to understand the general panorama of the history of Queen Elizabeth II. and the British monarchy). Either way, the research team are still in affinity with the writers, at least to provide the skeleton of the series – but how much have the facts that actually happened changed?

From the clash between Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and Thatcher to the iconic dance between Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Diana, CinePOP has separated a list of what has stayed true and what has been changed for artistic reasons on the last cycle of the period drama.



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The fifth episode of the 4th season, titled “Fagan”, Elizabeth is confronted with an intruder in her room, a young man named Michael Fagan who walks through the monarchical security, enters the Queen’s apartments and has a frank conversation about the situation of workers in London. Fortunately, Fagan did not prove to be a danger to Elizabeth, having stayed in the room for a few minutes before being taken away and arrested for a few months for trespassing.

Some of the story described in the chapter is real – Fagan actually spoke to the Queen. However, it was not she who occupied it until the arrival of the officers, but an unarmed guard. As if that wasn’t enough, the episode treats him like someone in the early stages of schizophrenia, when in fact he was under the effects of magic mushrooms ingested five months ago. Fagan himself said that “two years later I was recovering. I was stoned with mushrooms for a long, long time ”.


The tension between the Prime Minister and the Queen of England was about to explode in “The Crown”, with pin pricks and glances played from one to the other. In the eighth episode, “48: 1,” Thatcher refuses to sign a Commonwealth of Nations document, prescribed by the monarch, that would inflict economic sanctions on South Africa due to the segregationist policies of apartheid. Eventually, an enraged Elizabeth does her best to get around the situation, changing the terms and more terms that make her agree to the terms.

According to Irish government documents, released in 2017, this is exactly what happened: The Queen was at the limit of her patience and even considered canceling her weekly Community hearing – and more: Thatcher was influenced by the economic interests of her own son, Mark (although no concrete confirmation has been made).


Helena Bonham-Carter did a chilling job as Princess Margaret in the new season – and starred in one of the cycle’s most powerful and shocking episodes, “The Hereditary Principle.” Here, Margaret gives up alcohol and smoking after dangerous surgery, calling for more responsibility at the palace than she already has. However, things don’t go as planned and she loses the status of replacing her sister at events around the world when the youngest Edward reaches adulthood. Giving in more and more to depression, she agrees to see a therapist, through whom she discovers two first degree cousins, Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon, who were hospitalized in their childhood and (surprise!) Remain alive today. ‘hui despite the documents, family members accuse them of dead.

Margaret confronts her mother for the cruelty of keeping a secret of this size hidden and, in response, hears that the principle of heredity could be thwarted if Nerissa and Katherine were made public. In fact, the two existed and were admitted to the Royal Earslwood Hospital in 1941 – but no member of the Royal Family has visited since then except Lady Elizabeth Anson (niece) and stepdaughter. of the Queen Mother, Fenella Bowes-Lyon. . Therefore, Margaret had no decisive role in the discovery of the cousins.


Diana has always been a member of the royal family unlike any other, adored by the public for her accessibility and charming personality – something the rest of royalty disliked. By 1985, Diana had already been married to Charles for five years, and they were going through several marital issues, including age difference, interests and temperaments, not to mention constant betrayal on both sides. Diana also suffered from bulimia and emotional problems, while Charles’ low self-esteem was threatened by his wife’s popularity.

On his 37th birthday, Charles decided to go to the opera with Diana to attend a ballet – until he was surprised by a surprise appearance by Diana to the sound of Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl.” (something that infuriated him that he had drawn all the attention. public and media to the presentation). As if that weren’t enough, the princess also bet on the re-enactment of her marriage and, on her birthday, recorded on tape a version with the original orchestra of “The Phantom of the Opera” at the West End Theater. Despite the yellow smile, Charles told Camilla, his lover, who hated what he saw, especially her singing.

Diana, in fact, danced alongside soloist Wayne Sleep on Charles’ birthday in Covent Garden. “Charles would be in the audience and I wanted to surprise him; it was all a secret, ”Sleep said in an interview with The Guardian. It’s also a fact that Charles was not impressed with the performance, calling it a spectacle. But there is no evidence that Diana met the orchestra of the iconic musical, or that she recorded a performance for the Prince Royal.


“Apparently the royal family regularly put all of their guests under secret tests to find out if someone is okay or okay,” says Denis Thatcher (Stephen Boxer), Margaret’s husband, in the episode on The Balmoral Test, a sort of assessment that the The couple definitely failed in almost every requirement, while Diana nailed it down and won the heart of the family calculator. According to real reporters, these “jokes” actually happened – and Thatcher must have asked for a pair of rubber boots for the outdoor walks, because he only took indoor shoes.

However, creator Peter Morgan added a bit to the chapter in question and placed a shameful streak in which Margaret performs “Ibble Dibble” with members of the Royal Family. It’s hilarious, no doubt, and uncomfortable for the Prime Minister’s irresistible attempt to understand his queen’s mannerisms. But there is no evidence that gambling was a constant at Balmoral.

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