Queen ‘too consumed by job to be a good mother’, says The Crown writer Peter Morgan
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The Queen was too consumed by her job being a monarch to be a good mother to her first two children, according to The Crown creator and writer.
Peter Morgan believes the Queen was a better mother to her two younger children as she was still 'trying to find her feet' when Prince Charles and Princess Anne were young.
Mr Morgan, who also wrote the hit film The Queen, subscribes to the 'teams' theorem which was told to him by a historian.
It is depicted in series four of The Crown when the Queen, played by Oscar winner Olivia Colman, asks to speak to her children individually in an attempt to learn more about them – a move apparently sparked by Margaret Thatcher's closeness to her son Mark.
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In The Crown, the monarch asks for a "short briefing document" on each child so she does not feel "uninformed" or "cold".
Later, the Queen explains that she "wanted two more to prove to myself that I had it in me and to make up for my failings. Especially with Charles".
The Queen was 22 years old when Charles was born in 1948. Princess Anne was born two years later in 1950. She acceded to the throne in 1952 when her father died.
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Mr Morgan told The Times that the Queen was "preoccupied with trying to find her feet and do her job" when her first two children were young.
The Crown creator believes that Charles bore the brunt of the lack of love shown to him by his mother during his childhood.
He said Charles "needs a lot of love, and she was probably unable to give it".
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Season four of The Crown has come in for considerable criticism for "distorting" history.
Earlier this week, Mr Morgan admitted he "made up" a confrontation between Prince Charles and his great uncle Lord Mountbatten for the Netflix series.
Mr Morgan says the segment, which is said to have shocked royals, was "made up in my head".
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The scene in the first episode of the fourth series shows Lord Mountbatten confronting the Prince of Wales over his pursuit of married Camilla Parker Bowles.
During the confrontation with Lord Mountbatten, played by Charles Dance, the Prince, played by Josh O'Connor, hits back describing him as a "quisling" – another word for a traitor.
Later in the episode, Lord Mountbatten then responds by writing a letter accusing Prince Charles of bringing "ruin and disappointment" to the royal family.
But in the drama, the letter does not reach Prince Charles until after Lord Mountbatten has been assassinated by the IRA.
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Lord Mountbatten was killed by a bomb was hidden aboard his fishing boat in Mullaghmore, Ireland, in 1979, but there is no record of any letter.
Royal commentators have insisted Prince Charles in fact adored his great-uncle.
According to the Times, Mr Morgan has already admitted the scene was made up.
However, speaking in the official Crown podcast, he says he believes Lord Mountbatten did hold views to those expressed in the fictitious letter.
Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten in The Crown
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."