Actor Jonathan Pryce (75) has commented on the sometimes harsh criticism of the fifth season of "The Crown". Pryce, who will play Prince Philip (1921-2021) in upcoming episodes, told Deadline that he was "bitterly disappointed" by his fellow artists who have publicly criticized the Netflix series. The Brit also referred to the comment of his colleague Judi Dench (87) in the newspaper "The Times".
Pryce admitted in the interview with "Deadline" that he could understand Major's frustration. However, Pryce rejects the criticism that his role as Prince Philip is particularly mean to his wife: "No more than any other husband." A long relationship is portrayed in which Philip might have wished that the Queen "was a little more changeable". However, Philip loved his wife and "had an enormous admiration for her".
The main criticism of the series is the smooth transitions between reality and fiction. The authors do not take it upon themselves to create a historical series. The framework and the characters are historically documented, but there is definitely room for fiction and drama, so the tenor. But: Critics complain that the viewers get the impression that what was shown happened like that. At least a text panel placed in front of the trailer should warn of this. It reads: "This true event-inspired drama series tells the fictional story of Queen Elizabeth II and portrays the political and personal ups and downs of her reign."