The writer behind the smash royal series The Crown has said some pretty unflattering things about the star of his show.
Peter Morgan, 54, who also compares the British monarchy to a ‘virus’, said that Her Majesty would prefer to be breeding horses than to be queen – comments sure to raise eyebrows among fans of the Netflix show.
Morgan, known for his republican-leaning sentiments, told the Sunday Times magazine that he he would have previously seen his chances of writing the script for such a royal historical drama as ‘mad, hallucinogenic conjecture.’
He said: ‘I wouldn’t have guessed there would be anything more to say about this countryside woman of limited intelligence who would have much preferred looking after her dogs and breeding horses to being Queen.’
And on the ‘deranged institution’ of the monarchy, Peter, who also has a CBE, added: ‘They’re survival organisms, like a mutating virus.
‘Look at how many prime ministers are wheeled out in coffins, on stretchers, having made fools of themselves: Downing Street is full of sick people.’
The Crown won a Golden Globe for best television series and charts the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh before and after her coronation.
When askecd why he thought it was such a huge success, Morgan said: ‘The system she is in is so ridiculous and illogical that even just to unpack it from a point of view of reason or logic is such a joy. And that’s why I do what I do and I’ll keep on doing it until they stop me’.
The second series will be set between 1957 and 1964, and will include episodes featuring President Kennedy and his wife Jackie. It begins on Netflix on Friday, December 8.
In series one the Queen was played by Claire Foy. However Olivia Colman, the star of Broadchurch and The Night Manager, will take over for the following series.
Olivia, previously said: “I think Claire Foy is an absolute genius – she’s an incredibly hard act to follow.’