The Crown creator admits explosive Prince Charles row over Camilla was 'made up in his head' amid major backlash

THE Crown creator has admitted explosive telephone scenes between Lord Mountbatten and Prince Charles, centred on the latter's affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, were fake.

Writer Peter Morgan told The Times how the fiery confrontation between the Queen's son and his great uncle was "made up in my head."

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Yet despite back-tracking on the historical validity of the plotline, which sparked much anger amid the royals and Prince Charles' friends, the British dramatist and former anti-royalist told The Crown podcast he believed Lord Mountbatten, played by Charles Dance, did hold such strong views.

The characters locked horns at the start of The Crown's season four, during an intense phone call about Prince Charles courting then-married Camilla.

The Prince told Lord Mountbatten: "At least when Camilla and I committed adultery there were not national security implications involved."

Lord Moutbatten replied: "That was uncalled for," before Josh O'Connor's character retorted back.


Later in the episode Lord Mountbatten penned a bluntly-worded letter accusing Charles of bringing "ruin and disappointment to the royals."

Writer and creator Peter, who recently admitted to Radio Times he's "turned around utterly" to become a pure royalist, told The Crown podcast although the scene was fabricated – the feelings were not.

He said: "What we know is that Mountbatten was really responsible for taking Charles to one side at precisely this point and saying, “look, you know, enough already with playing the field, it’s time you got married and it’s time you provided an heir”.

'In my own head I thought that would have even greater impact on Charles if it were to come post-mortem, as it were"



"I think everything that’s in that letter which Mountbatten writes to Charles is what I really believe, based on everything I’ve read and people I’ve spoken to, that represents his view."

Meanwhile Netflix's fourth instalment has sparked fury among some insiders.

 Speaking exclusively to The Sun Online, one described The Crown as “drama and entertainment for commercial ends . . .  with no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited."

They said the series paints Charles in “a very unflattering light”.


A source close to Charles, 72, said of The Crown: “His Royal Highness has absolutely no views about it. He has never watched The Crown.

"I shouldn’t think he knows it’s coming out.”

The insider said: “The public shouldn’t be fooled into thinking this is an accurate portrayal.

"This is trolling with a Hollywood budget.”

The source also said that Prince William felt it presented his parents in a “false, simplistic way”.

Writer Peter says he discussed storylines with senior royal household members. Buckingham Palace has denied involvement.

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