'Offensive pile of royal bullying' - BBC viewers slam Charles III drama after 'Diana' cameo
Viewers have hit out at the BBC and sympathised with the Prince William and Prince Harry after the new King Charles III show featured Diana's ghost.
Some have dubbed it "royal bullying", as the ghost of Princess Diana haunts King Charles as well as her sons in the controversial television show.
Others have said it is "melodramatic drivel" and that it doesn't show an accurate picture of the Royal household.
The controversial adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s play, which also includes the Queen's funeral, received favourable broadsheet reviews but was received with distaste by viewers.
One Twitter user said: "I never thought I would be offended by anything on TV, Charles III was offensive pile of Royal bullying and I hate bullies they're cowards".
Another fumed: "Didn't agree with King Charles III on BBC 2, speculating on the future and the royal family overstepped the mark."
And another wrote: "Five minutes in - King Charles III is in awful bad taste, with weak, childish and stodgy writing and acting of the poorest quality".
The television show is based on the play of the same name, which opens with the death of Elizabeth II, and Prince Charles's swift ascension to the throne.
Rather than follow in his mother's footsteps, Charles decides to use his power to intervene in government.
He refuses to sign a bill that has been voted through Parliament, causing a constitutional crisis that brings the country grinding to a halt.
Former UK Conservative defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth told The Telegraph: "We have a sovereign who commands universal respect across the nation and the rest of the World. It is extraordinarily insensitive for an organisation which is so consumed with political correctness.
"It is pure indulgence by the BBC to run a play featuring the demise of the sovereign and ascribing to a popular member of the Royal member [the Duchess of Cambridge] base motives."
But John Whittingdale, David Cameron's Culture Secretary, has defended the show. "If the BBC has commissioned a production of a decent play how can one possibly object to that?" he asked. "High-quality drama is at the heart of public service broadcasting."
Regarding complaints from other politicians, Whittingdale said: "Some of my colleagues get hysterical about this kind of thing. I don't think the Queen is the least bit offended."