'The Crown' is 'odious' says Queen Mother's biographer

It was a carriage for two when the Queen Mother and Prince of Wales went to Sandringham Flower Show.   * 30/3/02:  The Queen Mother has died peacefully in her sleep at Royal Lodge, Windsor, Buckingham Palace announced.   (Photo by John Stillwell - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Queen Mother and Prince of Wales and Sandringham Flower Show in 1997. (PA Images via Getty Images)

The Crown has been blasted as 'odious' by a biographer of the Queen Mother.

In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, William Shawcross, who served as the Queen Mother's official biographer, criticised the Netflix series about the Royal Family for its factual inaccuracies.

Shawcross wrote: "The Crown is an odious series, filled with lies and half-truths encased in lace and velvet."

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He added: "It is astonishingly and deliberately hurtful to individual members of the Royal family, public servants who cannot answer back, let alone sue for damages."

The Crown S5 (Netflix)
Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce in 'The Crown'. (Netflix)

Shawcross went on to criticise series creator Peter Morgan for waging a "campaign of abuse" against Britain's Royal Family and added that he was an "absolute disgrace".

Shawcross, who as well as authoring books on the Royal Family, has covered topics such as the Vietnam War, the Prague Spring and Rupert Murdoch.

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He has become an increasingly controversial figure in recent years due to his defence of torture during the Iraq War, support of Roman Polanski and views on Islam.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 06:  The Queen Mother And Princess Margaret With John Major At The Ve Day Ceremony In Hyde Park  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret with John Major at the VE Day Ceremony In Hyde Park. (Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

As well as Shawcross, The Crown was recently criticised by former Prime Minister John Major who will be played by Jonny Lee Miller in the upcoming fifth season.

Major called the show a "barrel load of malicious nonsense" in a recent interview with The Mail on Sunday.

His office also released a statement in which he clarified that Netflix had not discussed the series with him: "Sir John has not co-operated in any way with The Crown. Nor has he ever been approached by them to fact-check any script material in this or any other series."

The Crown S5 (Netflix)
The Crown S5 (Netflix)

The statement continued: "As you will know, discussions between the monarch and prime minister are entirely private and - for Sir John - will always remain so. But not one of the scenes you depict are accurate in any way whatsoever. They are fiction, pure and simple."

A spokeswoman for The Crown responded: "The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.

"Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians."

The fifth season of The Crown premieres on Netflix on 9 November.

Watch below: Sir John Major slams The Crown.