Prince Philip Once Considered Suing Netflix Over an Accusation About Him in “The Crown

The Crown—the hit Netflix series about the life of Queen Elizabeth II—released its fifth season earlier this week. But it was an episode in season two of the show that led Prince Philip, who died in 2021, to consider suing Netflix over a 2017 episode that implied he was to blame for his sister Princess Cecile’s death in a plane crash in 1937, Insider reports. He ultimately dropped the matter to not draw further attention to the episode.

Royal commentator and author Hugo Vickers tells The Sunday Times (opens in new tab) that Philip contacted his lawyers about his desire to seek legal retribution from Netflix, specifically surrounding the episode “Paterfamilias” in season two. “The dramatized retelling of the tragedy portrays a young Philip at his sister’s funeral getting told by his father, Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, that he was the reason for Cecile’s death,” Insider reports. At the time of Cecile’s death, Philip was only 16 years old.

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