THE Royal household are “annoyed” at The Crown’s newest collection which suggests they “deserted” the Queen’s disabled cousins, Princess Margaret’s relative has revealed.
David Bowes-Lyon, 73, has spoken out in opposition to the portrayal of Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon within the hit Netflix collection, branding the drama as “fiction pretending to be reality”.
Helena Bonham Carter performs Princess Margaret in The Crown Credit score: Netflix
David Bowes Lyon has stated Katherine Bowes Lyon and her sister Nerissa weren’t deserted by the royal household Credit score: Accumulate
Nerissa Bowes Lyon was the Queen Mom’s nieceCredit score: Accumulate
In collection 4 of The Crown, Princess Margaret – performed by Helena Bonham Carter – discovers to her shock that her two cousins are locked away in an establishment because of their studying disabilities.
The drama suggests Princess Margaret didn’t learn about her cousins’ existence and that the Queen believed they died younger.
Discovering out in regards to the cousins after a visit to a therapist, the present follows Princess Margaret as she unravels her cousins’ destiny.
The Crown then depicts the Princess flying right into a rage on the Queen Mom when she discovers the sisters’ plight.
Yelling at the Queen Mother, she says: “Locked up and uncared for. They’re your nieces — daughters of your favorite brother.
“It’s depraved and it’s cold-hearted and it’s merciless and it’s completely in step with the ruthlessness which I personally have skilled on this household.”
However now David Bowes-Lyon, a relative of the Queen and Princess Margaret, has challenged the drama’s portrayal of occasions.
Talking to The Telegraph, Mr Bowes-Lyon stated the Royal household had been “annoyed” on the method the drama has chosen to depict the cousins’ plight.
Nerissa Bowes Lyon is proven right here along with her mom and youthful sister AnneCredit score: Popperfoto – Getty
Princess Margaret’s relative stated the Queen’s sister knew about her cousins and that they spoke about them collectivelyCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
David Bowed Lyon stated Katherine and her sister had been visited at The Royal Earlswood Hospital
The Royal household are stated to be “annoyed” at The Crown’s depiction of occasionsCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
He stated: “I’m in all probability the one member of the household who might publicly say something about this.
“I wouldn’t say there’s upset within the household, however I believe persons are annoyed and would really like the document put straight.”
Mr Bowes Lyon stated he had spoken to Princess Margaret about Nerissa and Katherine a lot of instances.
He added: “She knew who they had been in each respect, as you’ll any cousin.
“She knew precisely who they had been and what had occurred. It’s fully mistaken to say they had been forgotten and authorized as lunatics.”
Nerissa was born in 1919 and youthful sister Katherine in 1926, each daughters of minor aristocrat John Bowes-Lyon, the brother of Elizabeth, later the Queen Mum.
The siblings had been born with extreme developmental disabilities and neither ever learnt to speak.
They had been moved to Royal Earlswood Establishment for Psychological Defectives in Redhill, Surrey, after their studying difficulties grew to become obvious.
And there they stayed for many of their lives, till Nerissa’s loss of life aged 66 in 1986 and Katherine’s aged 87 six years in the past.
However Mr Bowes-Lyons – whose dad was the Queen Mom’s first cousin as soon as eliminated – stated the sisters weren’t “deserted” on the institute and that Nerissa and Katherine had been visited “regularly”.
He additionally stated the sisters had dementia and couldn’t recognise folks.
Mr Bowes Lyon informed The Telegraph each his cousin, Woman Elizabeth Shakerley – who died a number of weeks in the past – and his father Maj Gen James Bowes-Lyon confirmed to him that the sisters had been visited.
The royal relative’s remarks come amid rising stress on The Crown to inform viewers it’s a work of fiction, not historic reality.
Helena Bonham Carter – who performs Princess Margaret within the collection – has stated the show has a “duty” to tell viewers the series is fiction.
Ms Bonham Carter stated The Crown had a “ethical accountability” to verify followers know it isn’t completely factual.
The star insisted there should be a separation “between our model” and the “actual model”.
Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden and Earl Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, have both urged Netflix to place a warning at the beginning of each episode to remind viewers the drama is a piece of fiction.
Talking to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Dowden stated: “It is a fantastically produced work of fiction, in order with different TV productions, Netflix must be very clear firstly it’s simply that.
“With out this, I concern a technology of viewers who didn’t reside by means of these occasions could mistake fiction for reality.”
Mr Bowes Lyon stated it was mistaken to say Princess Margaret did not learn about her cousinsCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty