The Crown accused of ‘offensively misrepresenting’ Queen’s attitude to Falklands War

Two Royal Navy commanders have accused The Crown of misrepresenting the Queen (Image: Netflix)

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Two Royal Navy commanders have accused The Crown of misrepresenting the Queen in a "disgracefully dishonest and exploitative" way.

Admiral Lord West and Rear Admiral Dr Chris Parry, who both fought in the Falklands War, say the drama is "offensive" in it's depiction of the Queen's attitude towards the war.

It is felt that there should be a "disclaimer before each episode" so viewers know that it is "heavily dramatised".

And it was the scene in which the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, tells the Queen, played by Olivia Colman, that she has to finish their meeting to go to the victory parade to celebrate the end of the war that has caused the most anger.

In scenes followed her Majesty is seen watching the parade on television while Mrs Thatcher waves to crowds lining the streets of the City of London.

Rear Admiral Dr Chris Parry, who fought in the Falklands war, says there should be a disclaimer at the beginning of every episode as it is "highly dramatised"
(Image: ITV)

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In reality, this meeting did not happen as on that day, October 12, 1982, Her Majesty and Prince Philip were 9,000 miles away on an official tour of the Pacific.

Lord West told Daily Mail Online: "The depiction of the Queen in relation to the Falklands War is absolute rubbish.

"Any suggestion the Queen would have required the Prime Minister or anyone else to remind her a victory parade was taking place is fanciful and offensive.

Admiral Lord West says the scenes with regards to the Queen's attitude towards the Falklands war is "offensive"
(Image: PA)

"The Crown has reduced an important chapter in British military history to cheap soap-opera fodder. I dread to think anyone could take this portrayal of the Queen seriously."

In another inaccuracy, Prince Andrew is seen landing a helicopter at Balmoral to announce his part in the war.

But Rear Admiral Dr Parry put the inaccuracies straight.

In the "offensive" scene Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson, tells the Queen, played by Olivia Colman, she has to leave because of the victory parade
(Image: Netflix)

He told the publication: "Prince Andrew wasn't qualified to fly the Wessex rescue helicopter used in The Crown. And his uniform and equipment are wrong.

"But these errors pale into insignificance when compared to the depiction of Her Majesty, which is disgracefully dishonest and exploitative. The Queen was fully engaged with all matters regarding the Falklands campaign.

"It was also understood and accepted by the Royal Family that Mrs Thatcher would attend the parade because the campaign was her victory and she had provided such remarkable political leadership.

"Viewers should be told The Crown is heavily dramatised. Yet presently there is no such disclaimer before each episode."

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