“They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional, but it’s loosely based on the truth,” the Duke of Sussex told host James Corden about the show. “Of course it’s not strictly accurate … but it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle—the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else—what can come from that.”
He added, “I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself. Because it’s the difference between fiction, take it how you will, but this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”
So what does the cast think now that they know Prince Harry’s caught a few episodes?
“It’s difficult because with The Crown, [show-runner] Peter’s [Morgan] version, it is so fictional and feels so removed from the actual royal family, so on one level, it feels separate, but on the other hand, there is something there and it’s based on real people,” Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana, said at the 2021 Golden Globes virtual press room. “I saw the interview he did with James Corden, and I was incredibly grateful to him and moved by what he said. The fact that he’s watched it, I was very moved that he acknowledged it.”
She continued, “Hearing that really moved me in a way I wasn’t expecting. It’s not something I ever needed him to address, but actually hearing him say, I’m glad he enjoyed it, and felt very moved [by his words].”
Meanwhile, Gillian Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher last season, told the press room, “Harry is qualified to judge what is fact or faction, and it was pleasing to hear he understood what Peter was trying to do with The Crown and put service above family.”
So will Prince Harry join the cast for any viewing parties in the future? We can only hope!