MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry won't have an issue with the portrayal of the Royal family as "dysfunctional" in Netflix series The Crown, a royal expert has claimed.
And the couple also won't be backing out of their £112million deal with the streaming giant, despite anger and upset over the series, Richard Fitzwilliams told Sun Online.
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The royal commentator made the claims after the first episode in the fourth series – which portrays Princess Diana's bulimia and Prince Charles' affair – aired yesterday.
Calling the series "character assassination on a seismic scale", Mr Fitzwilliams said: "We must remember that The Crown has been going for a long time.
"Meghan and Harry will claim the show uses dramatic licence, as indeed it does.
"And of course, the couple were very unhappy as senior members of the family.
"As for the portrayal of the family, I suspect they might even be sympathetic with some of it.
"They stood back and ended up standing down after just two years."
Meghan and Harry recently signed a mega-millions contract with the streaming giant to make documentaries, films and other shows – despite complaining of intrusion into their family life.
And in spite of the "unsympathetic and unrealistic" portrayals of a "cold" Queen and "self-absorbed" Charles, the couple will forge ahead with their deal, Mr Fitzwilliams said.
"I believe you certainly won't find their deal is in any way affected by this," he added.
"I strongly suspect they will not have a problem with the royal family being portrayed as dysfunctional and flawed."
Just Diana receives "sympathetic" treatment from writers in the show, Mr Fitzwilliams believes.
He said: "One extraordinary aspect of watching the series is the way members of the royal family are supposedly so spiteful and ill-mannered.
"The way they talk – it's simply dramatic licence pushed to the limit."
And while he doesn't believe the Queen's public image will suffer as a result of the show, Mr Fitzwilliams says the "seismically distorted" characters could prove painful for the Royals.
"When the series' events move closer to today's dates, it does – or should – mean you take more care," he said.
Royal biographer Penny Junor, who has known the family for 40 years, has also hit out at the programme.
She says she believes Prince Charles would be “incredibly upset” by the series – and episodes are riddled with inaccurate depictions of events and personalities.
“It’s the most cruel and unfair and horrible portrayal of almost all of them,” she told The Times.
And she hit out at Brit creator Peter Morgan as having “invented stuff to make expensive and very rich drama”.
Prince William is also said to have said his parents are "being exploited and presented in a false, simplistic way to make money".
However, The Sun exclusively reported that Prince Charles will shun the series altogether and has told friends "I've never seen it".
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.”
Meghan and Harry signed a huge deal with Netflix in September.
It was yesterday reported that their documentary will focus on why the couple quit the Royal Family – and it'll feature personal videos of the pair.
They previously insisted they were "not taking part in any reality shows" after news of the partnership broke.
But it's now claimed the couple will share video footage of the last time they left their Windsor home, Frogmore Cottage.
And it's reported that their reps pitched personal videos, filmed as they stepped away from duties, during negotiations with Neflix.
Following the release of The Crown, one insider said: "There are raised eyebrows about Harry taking millions from the company that’s behind all this."
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