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The Crown writer claims the Queen was 'too preoccupied finding her feet as monarch' to give Charles 'the love he needed'

THE Crown writer has claimed the Queen was 'too preoccupied finding her feet as monarch' to give Charles 'the love he needed'.

Season four of the hit Netflix series premiered on Sunday and at one point, shows the Queen – played by Olivia Colman – trying to get to know her four adult children.

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Creator Peter Morgan was told the 'teams' theory by a historian, and wrote the scenes which sees the Monarch ask for a 'short briefing document' on each of them so she does not feel 'uninformed' or 'cold'.

The Queen was just 22 years old when she gave birth to her first child, Prince Charles, in 1948 with Princess Anne following two years later in 1950, two years before her coronation.

It would be another 10 years before she had her third child, Prince Andrew, and then her youngest son, Prince Edward, followed in 1964.

In the show, the Queen later explains she "wanted two more to prove to myself that I had it in me and to make up for my failings. Especially with Charles."




Peter, 57, told The Times, the Queen was 'preoccupied with trying to find her feet and do her job' when her first two children were small, having had the Crown thrust upon her by the untimely death of her beloved father, King George VI.

He added that in his opinion, Charles – played by Josh O'Connor in the series – suffered the most from the lack of love from his mother at that time.

He said the future King "needs a lot of love, and she was probably unable to give it."

Season four has proved to be the most controversial yet, with the show facing a backlash from viewers and Royal experts over some of the scenes depicted.

Actress Emma Corrin, who made her debut as Princess Diana in season four, recently responded to the criticism.

During an appearance on the Tamron Hall Show, Emma said: "I understand why people would be upset because this is history.

"And even with Diana, it's still very much fresh, everything that happens. So I do really understand if people would be upset."

The rising star reiterated that although the series is based on real life people, it is fictional, adding: "We approach these people that we play as characters, which is why it's such a joyous job because Peter [Morgan, the show’s creator] writes such rich and complex characters".

The Crown seasons 1-4 are available on Netflix.

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