Joanna Lumley brands The Crown awful and she never watches made up show

Close pal of Prince Charles, Joanna Lumley, has blasted the hit Netflix series The Crown dubbing it “ghastly” and “awful”.

The former Absolutely Fabulous star claims she refuses to watch the “mostly made up” popular series and believes the rest of the Royal Family also refuse to watch the show.

Speaking on the Chopper’s Politics podcast for The Telegraph, the 75-year-old actress said: "No, I didn’t watch it. Lots of people love it and lots of people know it’s mostly made up, but lots of people don’t know it’s made up which is awful. I find it all ghastly."

Lumley, who attended Charles' wedding to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, also detailed her frustration at the inaccuracies of the plot and claims it’s easier to just boycott the series entirely.

"Well, some people say ‘Oh everybody knows it’s made up’ – they don’t, they think it’s the truth.

“I couldn’t watch it because I feel if you don’t disagree with something you don’t watch it and go ‘oooh I hate that.’ Just don’t watch it," she added.

The popular series traces the almost 70-year reign of Charles’ mother, Queen Elizabeth II.

Lumley, who received her OBE in 1995, also expressed her pity for the show’s cast, which includes Oscar winner Olivia Colman and international star Gillian Anderson and said she doubts the Royal Family tune in to the show, which begins its fifth season next year.

"I don’t think they watch it and I never watch it. I know them, so I know it’s all made up and it’s rubbish.

“All the poor actors who are doing their best to copy them, it’s awful. Imagine somebody making up conversations they think you’ve had.

"It’s so laughable. They’ve used real people, whom they’ve copied, and then made up all the conversations. It’s insane."

The star, who has been married to conductor Stephen Barlow since 1986, has been close to the heir to the throne for years and acts as an ambassador for The Prince's Trust.

The latest series begins as the 1970s are drawing to a close, with the Royal Family preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30.

The latest series documents Diana's blossoming romance with Prince Charles as the Royal Family works to secure him an appropriate bride after being still unmarried at age 30.

The show faced widespread criticism over its ‘twisted' depiction of the Royal Family, which portrays Prince Charles as callous and self-serving and his grandmother the Queen as cold.

The Crown is available to watch on Netflix

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