Princess Anne won't waste her time watching The Crown season 4 following its Netflix release on Nov. 15. The Princess Royal apparently thinks that the drama series about the British royal family is full of "nonsense."
Royal expert Katie Nicholl said via Vanity Fair that Princess Anne is not a fan of the high-profile drama. Her mother, the Queen also has no desire to watch herself in a "fictitious" show about the royal family.
The statement comes as The Crown season 4 implied Princess Anne's affair while married to Captain Mark Phillips, the father of her children, Peter and Zara. In the fourth episode, Princess Anne and Queen Elizabeth had a very personal discussion about the state of her marriage.
The Queen told her only daughter that she must stop seeing the Sergeant Cross or else Scotland Yard will have to intervene. Princess Anne replied that he is the only one that's making her happy.
According to Daily Express, the man talked about on the show is Sergeant Peter Cross, Princess Anne's bodyguard, who was indeed given a new assignment following his affair with the Princess Royal. After their relationship ended, Cross sold his story to the media.
But while separated and still married to her first husband, Princess Anne had another affair with Timothy Laurence. He eventually became her second husband and current partner after she and Phillips divorced in 1992.
The Crown also hinted that Princess Anne didn't like her sister-in-law Princess Diana. Royal journalist Richard Kay, who was a friend of the Princess of Wales, said in the documentary The Queen's Children that Diana did try to avoid being in the same room as Princess Anne because she would usually have some biting comments directed at her.
Kay said that Princess Anne didn't like Diana's approach to their work as public figures because she would engage the camera. The royal commentator said that Anne liked to keep things traditional and straightforward.
Another royal journalist thinks that Princess Diana and even Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was too much of a tabloid fodder. Apparently, despite how much Anne worked hard, she doesn't get the same coverage in the press as her sisters-in-law.
But actress Erin Doherty, who plays Princess Anne in The Crown, said that the rivalry might just be a product of the media. She believes that Anne truly made efforts to get along with Diana but she gets the appeal of depicting the royal as this frustrated woman who was always compared to a young and beautiful aristocrat.