The Duchess of Sussex will not be portrayed in the last season of the hit drama because she has only recently become a member of the Royal Family. Screenwriter Peter Morgan said he took the decision to omit the Duchess because “you need perspective” in order to create a storyline.
The fifth and sixth season of the show will portray the Queen’s infamous 1992 “annus horribilis” as well as crises within Royal Family into the early 21st century.
Events set to appear on the upcoming seasons include Prince Charles separation from Diana, and Prince Andrew’s split from Sarah, Duchess of York.
But fans have expressed their disappointment after is was revealed major controversial moments like Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from their royal duties will not appear on the show.
Explaining why the events did not make the cut, Mr Morgan said: “I just think you get so much more interesting with time.
“Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don’t know what their journey is or how it will end.
“One wishes some happiness, but I’m much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago.”
Mr Morgan explained that his “20-year rule” allows him to evaluate circumstances from a different perspective.
He said: ”I sort of have in my head a 20-year rule. That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance.
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“To be a dramatist, I think you need perspective and you need to also allow for the opportunity for metaphor.
“Once something has a metaphorical possibility, it can then become interesting.”
Mr Morgan explained that the latest developments on Harry and Meghan can be compared to previous royal couples’ experiences.
He added: ”It’s quite possible, for example, to tell the story of Harry and Meghan through analogy and metaphor, if that’s what you want to do.
“Because there’ve been so many examples in the past, whether it’s Wallis Simpson or Edward VII, or whether it’s Diana and Prince Charles.
“There have been plenty of opportunities in the past where there have been marital complications.