Nick Bullen Calls Out THE CROWN:‘The Fabrication is Quite Unbelievable’
By Movieguide® Staff
After Netflix’s THE CROWN received backlash for not clearly stating the work as fiction based on real people, the series creator, Peter Morgan, refused to add a disclaimer. However, Nick Bullen said that he is “shocked” at how the show depicts the British royal family and that the inaccuracy has become a “travesty.”
Bullen, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of True Royalty TV, called out the hit Netflix series, which follows the 70-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.
While THE CROWN’s previous seasons received some pushback for their dramatic interpretations of the royal family, the fourth season garnered the most attention.
The fourth season focuses on Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage and the 11-year tenure of Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
“I really think it’s somewhat of a travesty in my honest opinion,” Bullen said. “The fabrication is quite unbelievable. Look, clearly it’s based on real people and some of those events happened, but the gaps in between aren’t based on fact.”
Bullen continued: “I think that’s why so many people were shocked by it and even Britain’s culture minister was asking for a disclaimer. I think people need to understand that this is drama much of what you saw probably never happened.”
According to Fox News, Bullen has worked on projects about the royal family for over 20 years and has worked closely with the royal family to produce the content for the past eight years.
“I think one misconception people still have around Charles and Diana is that there wasn’t any real love in the early stages of the marriage,” Bullen explained. “…The people I know who were there in the early days of the marriage still insist that there was real, genuine love there.”
“There’s a scene in ‘The Crown’ where they go to Australia for a royal tour and the wheels come off in the relationship,” Bullen continued. “I know people who were on that trip who said, ‘Charles was literally patting Diana’s bum.’ They were very flirtatious with each other. They were clearly a couple in love. There was very real love at one point. And they were faithful to each other for a significant portion of the marriage. It was only when the marriage broke down that they both started looking for comfort elsewhere.”
Bullen said that despite the inaccuracies, he is encouraged by the number of young people now interested in the royal family. Bullen hopes it will push them to “seek out the truth,” and not merely believe what they see on TV.
“I would have liked to have seen a more well-rounded story,” Bullen said. “Charles is played as this villain, Camilla is the mistress who wants to run off with a married prince, and Diana is the princess in a tower who becomes a victim of a tough establishment. These were complex, living people with complex, real-life situations. And you simply can’t capture all of that in a few hours.”