Is The Crown based on true events? The Queen’s True Stories

Citizens around the world may have never met the real Queen Elizabeth II in her 70-year reign before her death on Thursday.

But Emmy-winning Netflix hit The Crown has given us a glimpse of the monarch, who was portrayed on the series by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and now Imelda Staunton. Still, the show used a great deal of creative liberty to take us behind the walls of Buckingham Palace and through the history of the late Queen’s reign.

In fact, series creator Peter Morgan has admitted he “made up” scenes, while a Palace source has accused the show of “cheating a Hollywood budget.”

Still, The Crown – which will return in November for its fifth season – had enough respect for the Queen to have a plan in case of her death: The series suspended production for at least a week while Season 6 was filmed , will be released in 2023.

Until the royal family returns in all their streaming glory in The Crown, we’re breaking down how much truth and fiction there was regarding Queen Elizabeth II’s most memorable moments.

Yes, the queen talked her cousin out of a coup d’état

In season three of The Crown, Lord Mountbatten – the Queen’s once distant second cousin, who was also affectionately known as Prince Philip’s maternal uncle “Uncle Dickie” – was approached by a group plotting to depose Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Though the show stretched the truth for dramatic effect, the intense intervention the Queen orchestrated with Mountbatten may very well have happened. “It was not [Baron] Solly Zuckerman, who stopped Mountbatten from staging a coup and making himself President of Britain,” historian Alex von Tunzelmann said in Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire, citing a source from the United Kingdom Buckingham Palace, who reportedly said: “It was the Queen herself.”

When the Queen's second cousin Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance) attempted to remove Prime Minister Harold Wilson from office, the show features a dramatic intervention involving the Queen.

When the Queen’s second cousin Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance) attempted to remove Prime Minister Harold Wilson from office, the show features a dramatic intervention involving the Queen.


In fact, the queen stepped in to deter them "Uncle Dickie" prevent him from carrying out his plan.

In fact, the Queen stepped in to stop her “Uncle Dickie” from carrying out his plan.


​​No, the Queen didn’t disguise Winston Churchill

The second season of “The Crown” featured a young queen rebuking Prime Minister Churchill – as well as Lord Salisbury – for conspiring to cover up the leader’s diminished abilities after he suffered a stroke in the summer of 1953. But when Churchill’s private secretary “Jock” Colville published his memoirs in 1985, it turned out that the Queen wasn’t so heartless. In fact, she is said to have written him a letter expressing her concern for the prime minister’s health.

Did Her Majesty (Claire Foy) take on Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) after finding out the Prime Minister was covering up a stroke?

Did Her Majesty (Claire Foy) take on Winston Churchill (John Lithgow) after finding out the Prime Minister was covering up a stroke?


In real life, the Queen is said to have been more concerned than upset.

In real life, the Queen is said to have been more concerned than upset.


Yes, an intruder really surprised the queen in bed

In a total breakdown of Her Majesty’s security staff, a Briton named Michael Fagan entered Queen Elizabeth’s bedroom at Buckingham Palace in 1982. “I was more anxious than I’ve ever been in my life,” Fagan said in a 2012 interview with the Independent. “Then she speaks and it’s like breaking the finest glass imaginable: ‘What are you doing here?!'” But no, the rumors of the two joking in the bedroom — like in the show’s fourth season depicted – are not true: “She passed me and ran out of the room, her little bare feet running on the floor.”

Did a man named Michael Fagan (Tom Brooke) really sleep with the Queen (Olivia Colman)?

Did a man named Michael Fagan (Tom Brooke) really sleep with the Queen (Olivia Colman)?


Absolutely yes, but on the show the Queen hangs around for a chat, while in real life Fagan has said Her Majesty left the room as quickly as she could.

Fagan famously entered the Queen’s bedroom, but the details were always unclear. On the show, the Queen hangs around for a chat, while in real life Fagan has said Her Majesty left the room as quickly as she could.


No, the Queen has not confronted Philip about his alleged infidelity

While rumors have abounded, there is no evidence the monarch’s beloved Prince Philip – who preceded the Queen in death in April 2021 – has ever cheated on his wife, let alone called him out for it. But their marriage wasn’t perfect either — as accurately portrayed in Season 1 of The Crown. During their royal tour of the Commonwealth in 1954, cameras caught the normally composed couple in the middle of a big bust outside their Australian chalet. “I’m sorry for that little interlude, but as you know, it happens in every marriage,” the queen reportedly said, while royal press secretary Richard Colville collected the offending footage from the film crew before it could ever be seen.

Television Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith) have communicated far more about sensitive issues than real life realises.

Television Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith) have communicated far more about sensitive issues than real life realises.


Allegedly, Philip's infidelity was never brought up - and in fact, it's not even proven that it ever happened.

Allegedly, Philip’s infidelity was never brought up – and in fact, it’s not even proven that it ever happened.


Yes, the Queen had secret cousins ​​in a mental institution

In Season 4 of “The Crown” it is revealed that the Queen and Princess Margaret have secret cousins ​​who have been hidden away in mental institutions. In 1941, at a time when children with disabilities shamed families, the young girls who could not speak were admitted to the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Mental Defectives in Surrey by their parents – the Queen Mother’s elder brother and his wife. And to keep everything top secret, the two first cousins ​​- Nerissa Bowes-Lyon and Katherine Bowes-Lyon – were listed as dead in a guide to British aristocracy, although they were very much alive. But the Queen never commented on the reveal.

Did Princess Margaret really discover that her two supposedly dead cousins ​​(played by Pauline Hendrickson and Trudie Emery) are actually alive and living in an asylum?

Did Princess Margaret really discover that her two supposedly dead cousins ​​(played by Pauline Hendrickson and Trudie Emery) are actually alive and living in an asylum?


Katherine and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon were indeed very much alive; It is said that the couple were not the only institutionalized relatives to be officially registered as deceased.

Katherine and Nerissa Bowes-Lyon were indeed very much alive; It is said that the couple were not the only institutionalized relatives to be officially registered as deceased.


Yes, Jackie Kennedy really badmouthed the Queen

Oh no she didn’t! That’s certainly what viewers thought when Jackie Kennedy spoke about the Queen in season 2 of The Crown. The scandalous beating came during a dinner at Buckingham Palace attended by the Queen and Prince Philip, President Kennedy and the First Lady. In the episode, Her Majesty is given the tea during dinner Kennedy has served her and calls her “a middle-aged woman so uninterested, unintelligent and unassuming that Britain’s new reduced place in the world comes not as a surprise but an inevitability.” was”. But while the court on Kennedy was true, the queen probably wouldn’t have known about it until long after the dinner had been digested.

Did Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) offend the Queen (Claire Foy) with her comments after the first couple's royal visit?

Did Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) offend the Queen (Claire Foy) with her comments after the First Couple’s royal visit?


While Mrs. Kennedy wasn't exactly blown away by her time at Buckingham Palace, the Queen would not have heard of her reaction until many years later.

While Mrs. Kennedy wasn’t exactly blown away by her time at Buckingham Palace, the Queen would not have heard of her reaction until many years later.


Yes, the Queen publicly rebuked Margaret Thatcher about apartheid

Season 4 of The Crown showed that no love was lost between the Queen and Prime Minister Thatcher. And their ideological differences came to a head when Britain, alone in the Commonwealth of Nations, failed to impose anti-apartheid economic sanctions on South Africa. The Queen was so opposed to Thatcher’s blanket stance of not imposing economic sanctions that she considered canceling one of her weekly meetings. And then an article appeared in the Sunday Times in which an anonymous source from the palace said the Queen was “dismayed” by the Iron Lady’s lack of compassion for the people.

According to The Crown, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Her Majesty had the chillest relationship yet.

According to The Crown, Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) and Her Majesty had the chillest relationship yet.


The Queen has spoken out publicly on more than one occasion and the two are said to have had a complicated relationship.

In fact, the Queen has spoken out publicly on the subject more than once, and the two are said to have had a complicated relationship.


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