How Harry and Meghan's Netflix deal could change future seasons of The Crown

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle signed a huge deal with Netflix earlier this year, but now that season four of The Crown has been released, fans are wondering how the Sussexes feel about it.

The royal drama follows the lives and scandals of royals past and present, its first season exploring Queen Elizabeth's ascension to the throne in the 1950s.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle attend a memorial service in London in April 2018. (EPA/AAP)

As the seasons pass, the show comes closer to the present day, with season four exploring the 1980s and Princess Diana's pivotal role in 'The Firm'.

But some worry the show is getting a little too close for comfort for Harry and Meghan, whom many would consider the most divisive royals of this decade.

Now it's been suggested that the couple had The Crown on their mind when they signed their Netflix deal, and used it to make sure the show will steer clear of their personal lives.

The Crown costs Netflix US$13 million an episode to make.
'The Crown' costs Netflix US$13 million an episode to make. (Netflix)

According toThe Mirror, Harry and Meghan specifically demanded that the show end before reaching the modern royals  meaning them.

Royal biographer Angela Levin claims that when she met with the prince around the time season two of The Crown aired, he said he was "going to insist it stops before it reaches me".

Now she's slammed his decision to sign a deal with the streaming giant, telling Good Morning Britain: "I think they're being naive as they have been about lots of things in that they don't realise that a big company like Netflix is going to want its pint of blood.

"They're going to delve in and get a lot of information that will absolutely decry the Royal Family.

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Diana and Charles visit Bob Hawke in The Crown.
Diana and Charles visit Bob Hawke in The Crown. (Netflix)

It's true that The Crown has faced criticism for dramatising several major events in the royal family's history, as well as painting some royals in a less-than-flattering light.

Levin later repeated her warning to Harry in a radio appearance, saying: "He's now actually doing what I think is so disloyal and rude and that is taking money from a company like Netflix&

"When he knows the same company is ridiculing his father, his mother and his grandmother."

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There has been the suggesting that Harry and Meghan were happy with the deal as it would help keep their names and likenesses out of future seasons of The Crown.

Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, attend a reception at the High Commissioner's residence in Johannesburg, South Africa, 2019. (EPA)

The Crown is slated to finish after its sixth season and each season generally spans a decade, meaning the sixth season could delve into the 2000s.

Though Meghan wasn't in the picture at the time, Harry was very much in his "party prince" phase during the 2000s and may want to keep that out of the Netflix show.

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