Philip – who died at 99 on Friday – was upset to learn how the royal show portrayed him as a serial philanderer who also once threatened daughter-in-law Princess Diana, royal experts told the Mail on Sunday.
The “most egregious” scene, however, was one in which his father was shown angrily blaming him for his sister’s death in a plane crash, biographer Sally Bedell Smith told the British newspaper.
The episode suggested that Philip was supposed to travel to Germany to visit his sister, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, in 1937, but he was banned after getting into trouble at school.
His sister decided to fly to the UK to see him, but his plane crashed, killing her, her husband, their two sons and an unborn baby, as well as her mother-in-law, according to the report. of the episode.
The show portrayed Philip’s father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, confronting his son at the funeral – telling him, “You are the reason we’re all here, burying my favorite child.”
Bedell Smith – who published a bestselling biography of the Queen – said Philip “had nothing to do with his sister’s death” which never caused a breakup with his father.
“Cecilie died in a plane crash… that’s the only thing that was true,” she told the British newspaper. “Everything else was invented in a terribly malicious way.”
While Philip and Queen Elizabeth II both declined to watch the controversial show, the Duke of Edinburgh was made aware of the plot – which was “terribly upsetting for him,” Bedell Smith said.
Netflix “should categorically apologize,” the biographer said.
“And I think a warning is needed more than ever,” she insisted on previous calls to the show to warn viewers that this was a drama rather than a historical narrative. exact.
“Now that he’s gone, what they’ve done to his reputation is even more relieved,” she said.
Another royal biographer, Hugo Vickers, also insisted that Philip was “very upset” by the show.
“What a shame to turn Prince Philip into a cartoonish person – never to do any work on the show,” he told the British newspaper.
“The performance was cruel and deeply unfair. The least Netflix could do was alert viewers with a disclaimer. “
The producers of “The Crown” said on Friday they were “deeply saddened” by the news of Philip’s death, saying: “Our hearts are with the Royal Family at this sad time. “
Actors Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies, who both played Philip, also posted tributes to the fire prince.
However, Netflix and the show’s creator Peter Morgan did not respond when asked if they would apologize for the portrayal of Philip, the Mail on Sunday reported.