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Former Prime Minister says The crown is “barrel load of nonsense”
Prince Harry was under renewed pressure to turn down the Netflix series The crown Sunday after his former “special guardian” and former British Prime Minister Sir John Major called the show “harmful and malicious fiction” and a “barrel load of nonsense”.
Major, who ruled Britain from 1990 to 1997, made the statement post on Sunday after the newspaper reported that the first episode of the new series will show Charles Major lobbying to pressure the Queen to abdicate.
That post reports that Charles, played by Dominic West, speaks to Major in the episode about Edward VII, son of Queen Victoria, saying: “It has been said that Queen Victoria had no faith in him, considered him dangerous, free thinking. He longed to take responsibility, but his mother refused. He even forbade him to look at government papers. But when his time came, he proved his doubters wrong, and his dynamism, intellect and popularity made his reign a triumph.”
The fictional Major asks him to clarify his point, and Charles replies, “I’m just saying how unfortunate it was, what a waste that his voice, his presence, his vision weren’t included sooner. It would have been so good for everyone.”
Major himself has now made a lengthy statement to the post, saying among other things: “If the scenes you describe are broadcast, they should not be considered anything other than harmful and malicious fiction. A ton of nonsense peddled for no other reason than to achieve maximum – and totally false – dramatic impact.”
Major’s intervention is likely to put pressure on Prince Harry, who has signed a multi-million dollar production deal with the streaming giant, to publicly criticize the show as Major was one of Harry’s trusted advisers.
He was appointed “special guardian” to William and Harry after Diana’s death and was responsible for the legal and administrative matters relating to William and Harry.
The relationship endured and Major was the only British politician invited to Harry and Meghan’s wedding.
preview on The crown
The London Sunday Times got previews of all ten episodes of Season 5 The crownand has an extensive series of teasers in today’s newspaper.
They don’t quite reach the level of spoilers, but if you want to maintain 100 percent surprise, look away now and don’t come back here until series five starts streaming on November 9th.
Among the storylines that The Sunday Times revealed is Prince Philip’s rumored affair with Penny Knatchbull, and in one scene Penny is pulled down by the Queen who tells her: ‘Why don’t you come with me in the car to church in Sandringham? Nip all of that in the bud.”
The show also explores the Queen’s fear that she was poorly parented, saying she is seen in one scene speaking to the Archbishop of Canterbury and says her children’s divorces are “like a parental.” failure of the most horrible kind”.
Interesting, The Sunday Times says Diana’s interview with Martin Bashir “is not being re-enacted on the show,” but says there’s evidence, put forward by Andrew Morton in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, that Diana believed her communications had been intercepted .
The most inflammatory claim, however, is that Charles specifically urged John Major to persuade his mother to abdicate (see above).
King Charles has no plans to move to Buck House
The King has no plans to move into Buckingham Palace.
The palace is in the midst of a massive restoration and repair work that is unlikely to be completed before 2027 and could provide practical political cover.
A source tells The Sunday Times: “I know he’s not a fan of ‘The Big House’, as he calls the palace. He does not see it as a viable future home or a house fit for purpose in the modern world. He believes maintenance is unsustainable from both a cost and an environmental perspective.”
Another royal source said: “It is certainly true that Camilla does not want to live at Buckingham Palace.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “It is expected that the work necessary for Her Majesty’s entry will be completed in 2027. In the meantime, wherever possible, the palace will be used entirely for official business.”
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Ghislaine Maxwell suggests Andrew’s photo is fake
In her interview from prison with the SunGhislaine Maxwell – who says she feels “so bad” for her “dear friend” Prince Andrew – also says the infamous picture of Andrew with his arm around a teenage Virginia Giuffre is fake, saying: “At this point in time , I no longer believe this is a true picture and I don’t believe it is what it seems to be… There are so many things wrong with that… Once my calling is over I will be very happy discuss it.”
She added, “I don’t know exactly how many points there are, but there are over 50 issues with the picture… I don’t think it’s a true picture.”
Maxwell also said there were question marks over Epstein’s death and said there was a “lack of transparency” in the Bureau of Prisons, adding, “There is a culture of untruth that frankly needs to be exposed…i he say [Epstein] is one of many. But I don’t know. I just find it suspicious.”
Maxwell narrated to filmmaker Daphne Barak for the Sun that she was also cut off by Bill Clinton, although she “had a special friendship that has lasted through the years,” but said Donald Trump stood by her.
“We knew each other and mingled in the same circles, in New York, Palm Beach. I was very grateful when he wished me well afterwards [the arrest]. He got bad media for it, but he dared while others didn’t.
“I was honored that he remembered me. Well, he’s known for saying what’s on his mind. That gave me a big boost.”
A curious story page six This week suggested that Harry and Meghan’s show for Netflix “contradicted what Harry wrote in his book.” We’re confused – if a “senior Netflix source” has actually seen and read Harry’s book, unlike every other eel on the planet, we’d like to know please!
Royals reduce race participation
Queen Elizabeth II loved racing and blood horses and spent much of her time and energy breeding and training racehorses. The king, however, is less enthusiastic and will be auctioning off 12 thoroughbreds later this month post reports.
The sale represents a culling of about a third of the royal stable. A source described as “near Royal Sandringham stud farm in Norfolk” told dem Post, “The Royal Stud could be a museum in three years. It would really be a shame.”
This week in royal history
One year ago today Buckingham Palace was bathed in green light ahead of the first-ever Earthshot Awards. Prince William’s idea, according to the palace, “led a global search for the most inspiring and innovative solutions to today’s environmental challenges”.
How will the royal attack machine keep aiming The crown to protect King Charles’ reputation as the new season highlights the most scandalous period of his life? What new access to Buckingham Palace will the public have if it simply becomes an operational headquarters?
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https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-crown-is-malicious-fiction-says-former-british-prime-minister-john-major?source=articles&via=rss “The Crown” is “malicious fiction,” says former British Prime Minister John Major