Prince Charles and Camilla posted a sweet Christmas snap on social media but decided to turn the comments off after the pair have recently faced backlash online.
The show, which claims to depict the lives of the British royal family, was branded “over the top on dramatic licence” by Dickie Arbiter, the Queen’s former communications secretary for a decade.
The Duke of Cambridge has reportedly told pals he was greatly displeased with the depiction of his family, believing that “his parents are being exploited and presented in a false, simplistic way to make money”.
However, this has not stopped some viewers responding angrily to Charles and Camilla, as it seems the couple began seeing an increased number of hate comments in mid-November, shortly after the fourth season of Netflix’s hit show was aired.
Charles and Camilla have wished a Merry Christmas to their fans via social media, reaching out to their fans to wish them happy holidays.
The royal couple shared a brief message and a picture on their Clarence House Twitter account.
Their message read: “Wishing you all a happy Christmas and here’s to a better New Year!”
In the picture, Charles and Camilla are dressed in casual clothes and raise walking sticks towards the camera.
In her other hand, the Duchess holds a hat, while Prince Charles has a pair of binoculars hanging from his neck.
The snap was taken earlier this year by a member of the royals’ staff at Birkhall, their home in Scotland.
The cheerful image and message shared by Charles and Camilla clash with the abuse and criticism the royals continue to receive through social media.
On November 24, Clarence House limited the possibility to reply to its tweets only to accounts it follows or mentions.
The palace did not comment on the reason behind this move.
Many Twitter users criticising the couple have tended to either explicitly mention The Crown or refer to events it portrays.
One commenter, sharing the couple’s festive picture, wrote: “They disabled replies. He knew we would flood them with Diana.”
Another, referring to Charles and Camilla by the nicknames they reportedly used to call one another between the 1970s and 1980s – as portrayed in The Crown – said: “I see #FredandGladys took off the comments again”.
A third, commenting on the Christmas card Clarence House released last week, said: “I hated Prince Charles and Camilla before season four of The Crown and the recent podcasts I’ve indulged in, but now I loathe them. I just saw their Christmas card and I am irrationally angry.”
However, many royal fans continue to show their support for the couple.
One called the picture “lovely” while another wrote: “Merry Christmas to Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla.”
Royal journalist Rebecca English also commented on the picture saying: “It’s like they are saying 2020 can do one!”
She called it a “fantastic new festive photo offering”.
The latest 10 episodes of the popular Netflix show focus on the relationship between Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla in the 1980s.
There are fears that the lavish production could mislead people into thinking the dialogue and events were fact, rather than an example of scriptwriters using artistic license.
Dickie Arbiter said the royals were “pretty used to being portrayed” for entertainment purposes, but expressed concern that some viewers may not realise that The Crown is not an accurate portrayal of events.
He said the depictions of Prince Charles were “nothing like the man I worked with for five years”.
Royal author Sally Bedell Smith previously told Vanity Fair it was widely believed Charles and Camilla interrupted their relationship between 1981 and 1986, rather than remaining lovers throughout his marriage with Princess Diana, as portrayed in The Crown.
Hugo Vickers, historian and author of The Crown Dissected, told CNN: “People actually do believe it because it is well filmed, lavishly produced, well acted with good actors.
“In this particular series, every member of the Royal Family, in my view, comes out of it badly, except the Princess of Wales.
“It’s totally one sided, it’s totally against Prince Charles.”