Watching The Crown on Netflix is a multitasking activity, with one hand punching the pause button while the other Googles "did this actually happen?!" That's the best part of the drama series that often paints a salacious version of events. If you've ever tuned in and had questions about the validity of the Queen's tears, Camilla's intentions, or Diana's darkest moments, there's no need to wonder anymore. Royal experts have weighed in about what was true, what was false, and what existed somewhere in the middle.
Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill had a very special relationship, as he guided the young monarch into her role as a senior and respected ruler. When it came to dramatizing his death, though, Netflix added sentimentality. The Crown shows the Queen visit him on his deathbed and kiss him tenderly on the forehead. Sorry to disappoint, but that never happened.
Margaret and the President
At the White House dinner attended by Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden, the former shares a rather quick eyebrow-raising kiss with President Lyndon B. Johnson following a dirty limerick contest. In truth, the dinner was only punctuated by dancing and polite speeches. No scandalous kisses occurred!
Charles dating Diana's sister
Netflix introduces Princess Diana to the audience by first detailing Prince Charles’ courtship with her older sister, Sarah Spencer. That semi-awkward fact rings true. Charles and Sarah dated in 1977 until she accidentally confided in journalist friends some rather embarrassing truths about the future king that, of course, were published.
Sarah Spencer's scandal
The reality of Sarah Spencer’s words was more damaging than anything a Netflix writer could create, “There is no chance of my marrying Prince Charles. He is a fabulous person but I am not in love with him, and I wouldn’t marry anyone I didn’t love, whether he were the dustman or the King of England.” After that, their romance came to a grinding halt.