The Crown’s season five will ‘expose the worst aspects’ of the royal family, claims Lady Victoria Hervey – as a historian says Netflix will be ‘laughing all the way to the bank’ with the show

  • Lady Victoria Hervey, 46, said it was ‘too early’ after the Queen’s death 
  • Historian Dr Tessa Dunlop argued that The Crown is ‘fiction and nothing more’ 
  • Lady Hervey said that some royals ‘dip in and out’ of The Crown 

The Crown’s season five will ‘expose the worst aspects’ of the royal family, Lady Victoria Hervey has claimed today.

The socialite,  who has royal connections and is the daughter of the sixth Marquess of Bristol and half-sister to the seventh Marquess, appeared on Good Morning Britain today where she discussed the series alongside historian Dr Tessa Dunlop.

The hit series is due to air on streaming site Netflix next month for it’s fifth season and will cover the time period during Diana and King Charles’ separation and the fire at Windor castle. 

The year 1992 is a year described by the late Queen Elizabeth II as her ‘annus horribilis’. 

Lady Victoria, who has royal connections and is the daughter of the sixth Marquess of Bristol and half-sister to the seventh Marquess, said: ‘Three divorces in one year for the royal family this is the worst series, it exposes the most negative aspects.’

Meanwhile the historian said the platform would be ‘laughing all the way to the bank’ with the show, adding: ‘It’s all in living memory for us, that’s why it’s uncomfortable. It’s a very unfortunate decade for family monarchy.’

Lady Hervey said it was ‘too soon’ for the series to be aired on GMB this morning, and highlighted the fact that ‘not everyone thinks the crown is fiction’

The hit series is due to air on streaming site Netflix next month for it’s fifth season and will cover the time period (pictured, Imelda Staunton as the Queen) 

During the programme, Lady Victoria and Dr Tessa clashed on whether the show should be delayed after the Queen’s death. 

Socialite Lady Victoria spoke on air saying: ‘Netflix say that it’s fiction right? That’s their whole argument. A lot of people watching it see it as a documentary.

Meanwhile the socialite argued it was ‘too soon’ after the Queen’s death to air the latest series, saying: ‘I think it is too soon, and yes, it is disrespectful. 

‘It’s only been a month since the Queen’s death and the coronation is coming up and Camilla – everyone is really accepting her in her role right now and it’s going to try and paint her in a negative light.’

Host Kate Garraway said: ‘Some would say it’s a long time ago and why dredge that up? We understand it doesn’t paint the new King in a great light.’ 

The fifth series of The Crown will cover the 1990’s and a particularly difficult time period for the royals which included the separation of Charles and Diana and Diana’s death (Pictured above Elizabeth Debicki plays Diana in The Crown’s fifth and sixth seasons)

However author and historian Dr Tessa disagreed, saying: ‘Well divorces and separations are a messy business. This is just historical drama, this is not a newspaper. 

‘Netflix has never pretended to be anything other than fiction.

‘Yes I agree, sometimes it walks the line – and sometimes it isn’t always tasteful. I prefer the earlier series.

‘To countenance it, or consider postponing it is extraordinary. How much more reverence does the Royal Family need? 

Dr Tessa Dunlop (left) went head to head with Lady Victoria Hervey (right) on morning TV programme about the new season of The Crown on Netflix

‘Her Majesty had an extraordinary send off. We’ve had 10 days of mourning and not a bad word was said about the Queen. 

‘How long will this go on for? We aren’t talking about the Queen anymore we are talking about Charles – he’s got all the extraordinary props of monarchy to see him through his new role. And if a little bit of art is uncomfortable then so be it.’

Kate said: ‘You say people see it as art but I don’t know if that’s true.’

Lady Victoria replied: ‘Maybe we know it’s fiction, but possibly foreigners like in America, they treat it like their bible.’ 

Historian and author Dr Tessa Dunlop said the programme would make ‘uncomfortable viewing’ for the royal family 

Dr Dunlop retorted once more saying: ‘You can’t have it both ways Victoria. One of the reasons why the world, especially we in Britain, were on the edge of our seats.’

The hosts asked the socialite:  ‘You know the royal family – do you know if they have watched the series?’ 

Lady Hervey claimed that some members do watch the series on occasion: ‘I know some of them dip in and out.’ 

Dr Dunlop added: ‘The Queen is the most photographed woman in the world, she began life golden goldfish bowl – you have to bear that in mind when you are in a gilded cage, in a 24/7 media world. 

Lady Victoria Hervey, 46, is the daughter of the sixth Marquess of Bristol and has royal connections she admitted some family members ‘dip in and out’ of the series 

‘Charles has got a pretty wicked gig age 74, bit of soft power a bit of dressing up – I’d take that and it as, “You want to put me in a series…ok”.’ 

Lady Victoria said she had just watched the first series again, saying: ‘I think it’s alot more than that. 

‘Interestingly enough I just re-watched the first series of the Crown and I didn’t know all the things about the Queen’s father that he had one lung removed – it was interesting to watch.’

Dr Dunlop said: ‘I think you cut them too much slack by saying they thought about postponing it.  

They will be laughing all the way to the bank.’ 

Meanwhile the socialite agree, saying the new series will most likely have ‘the most viewers of any series yet’, despite the content.

Series five of The Crown will take place in the 1990s and, like each previous season, will consist of 10 episodes.

Dr Tessa claimed that Netflix will be ‘laughing all the way to the bank’ and Lady Hervey admitted that the series will be the ‘most watched yet’

Fans will not see the death of Princess Diana in this series as her passing – which took place in 1996 – will not be covered until the sixth and final series.

The new series of The Crown will also be the first to air since the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8.

The breakdown of the then Prince Charles and Diana’s relationship will be a central part of the new series.

There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.

She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.

Other notable events during the time period included a fire at Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary in 1997, and the deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother.  

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