Piers Morgan blasts The Crown's 'grotesquely unfair' depiction of the Queen as 'cold, heartless and inhuman'

PIERS Morgan has branded The Queen's portrayal in The Crown season four as "grotesquely unfair" and a "slur" on the monarch's character.

While not a close friend of Queen Elizabeth II, played by Olivia Colman in the Netflix series, the GMB host had many interactions with the late Princess Diana during his time as national newspaper editor.

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In his latest column for the Daily Mail, Piers, 55 flags what he deems the "grossly unfair" portrayal of the UK's longest-serving monarch – and a depiction which he says contrasts the truth revealed by her former daughter in law.

He writes of The Crown's latest instalment: "The Queen comes across as a cold, heartless and inhuman woman incapable of showing any empathy to the couple as their marriage disintegrate.

"I happen to know this last slur is grotesquely unfair to Her Majesty because Diana told me herself that the Queen had always been very supportive towards her and was “a great listener”."

Meanwhile taking his attention to Diana's debut on the series, with the character played by Emma Corrin, Piers added: "She is depicted as a delusional, needy, childish, embarrassingly naïve, petulant and slightly bonkers bulimic."

Referring to Prince Charles, he surmised he came across as "a sour, resentful, cruel, nasty, poisonous, whiny, monstrous and ultimately loathsome piece of work."

Today, show creator Peter Morgan told how one particular season four scene featuring the Prince of Wales, played by Josh O'Connor, was fabricated "in my head."

Yet Olivia, who is the second actress in The Crown to play the monarch after Claire Foy in seasons one and two, told how the latest instalment would showcase the "coldness" of the Queen.

The plot picks up at the end of the 1970s, where Queen Elizabeth and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30.

While Charles’ later romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairy tale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal Family is becoming increasingly divided.

Olivia, 46, previously told Town and Country Magazine: "It’s nice to play a little bit of bitterness, a little bit of jealousy."

Meanwhile her co-star Emma, who plays Princess Diana, added: "Obviously, Olivia is the biggest ray of sunshine ever. That is, until the director yelled, “Action!”

The former Grantchester star added with a nervous laugh: "She just went stone cold horrible, it was so hard to not take it personally."

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