After the couple’s interview with Oprah Winfrey aired this weekend, so many people have made comments about how they can’t wait to see the interview reenacted on the show. The couple even commented on the series during the interview. Well, it’s never going to happen because the creator of the Netflix series doesn’t want to write about them.
The Crown creator Peter Morgan said in an interview with THR last year that he has a “20-year rule” that he will only write about events that happened at least 20 years ago. It was previously announced that The Crown will end after the sixth season, which will be set in the early 2000s.
“I just think you get so much more interesting [with time],” he said. “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.”
“That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance,” he added. “Often things that appear absolutely wildly important today are instantly forgotten, and other things have a habit of sticking around and proving to be historically very relevant and long-lasting. I don’t know where in the scheme of things Prince Andrew or indeed Meghan Markle or Harry will ever appear. We won’t know, and you need time to stop something being journalistic. And so I don’t want to write about them because to write about them would instantly make it journalistic, and there are plenty of journalists already writing about them.”
Peter sees himself as a “dramatist” and not a journalist.
He continued, “You need to also allow for the opportunity for metaphor. Once something has a metaphorical possibility, it can then become interesting. 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. There’ve been wives that have been married into the Royal family that have felt unwelcome and that they don’t fit in. So there are plenty of stories to tell without telling the story of Harry and Meghan.”