A cousin of Queen Elizabeth II said that the crown was “completely wrong” in a story about the monarch’s institutionalized relatives.
Stage Four of the Netflix series shows Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) discovering that the royal family had two relatives with severe learning difficulties.
She is seen discovering that they were wrongly listed as deceased in Burke’s Peerage, a reference work for the British aristocracy.
A shocked Margaret then chastises the Queen Mother for leaving Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon “locked up and neglected”.
The sisters actually existed in real life and were admitted to the Royal Earlswood Hospital in Redhill, London, in 1941.
David Bowes-Lyon, whose father was the Queen Mother’s first cousin after he was once removed, told the Daily Telegraph that he had informed Princess Margaret in real life about her relatives.
He said, “It is completely wrong to say that they have been forgotten and classified as crazy.
He added: “I am probably the only member of the family who could say anything about this publicly.
“I wouldn’t say there is any excitement in the family, but I think people are frustrated and want to get things right.
He denied the Crown’s portrayal of Princess Margaret’s horror at the fact that the sisters were cut off from society, and that neither she nor Queen Elizabeth II was unaware of them.
Bowes-Lyon said of Margaret: “She knew who they were in every way, as you would with any cousin.
“She knew exactly who they were and what had happened.”
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He said he thought the entry in Burke’s peerage was a mistake.
The exhibition shows Princess Margaret insulting the Queen Mother and reflecting on her own treatment by the kings.
She says in the series: “Incarcerated and neglected. They are the niece-daughters of her favorite brother.
“It’s evil and cold and cruel. This is very much in line with the ruthlessness I have experienced in this family myself.
The intervention takes place amidst the increasingly loud cries in the UK following a warning from the Crown at the beginning of each episode, which makes it clear that it is a dramatization.
Culture Minister Oliver Dowden told the Mail on Sunday: “It is a beautifully produced fictional work, and as with other television productions, Netflix should be very clear at the outset that this is exactly what it is.
“Without this, I fear that a generation of viewers who have not witnessed these events could confuse fiction with fact”.
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– Jackie (@BritFlorida) February 18, 2016
However, the stars of the show quickly explained that the storylines seen on the screen are fictional works.
On Monday, Bonham Carter told the Crown’s official podcast: “It’s dramatized. I feel very strong because I believe we have a moral responsibility to say, “Hold on, guys, this isn’t … this isn’t a drama doc, we’re making a drama.
“So they’re two different entities.”