King Charles III nearly changed show to include Brexit bill: ‘What if he refused to sign?’
The makers of BBC drama King Charles III considered changing the story to include a Brexit bill, it has been revealed.
In the one-off film which aired last night, a fictional Prince Charles (played by Tim Pigott-Smith) was seen refusing to give the Royal Assent to a privacy law that would restrict the freedom of the press.
However, there was talk of changing the legislation from privacy to Brexit in the wake of the European Union (EU) referendum in June last year.
The change would have seen the drama exploring a hard Brexit versus a soft one as the royal urged parliament to re-consider the law, but the plans were shelved.
Director Rupert Goold made the admission to media including Express.co.uk at a recent screening of King Charles.
He explained: “About four/five months before we started filming Brexit must have happened. I remember saying, ‘What if it was Brexit?’ That we were leaving Europe that’s what he’s not going to sign. He doesn’t stop it, he asks them to think again to make a hard Brexit a soft Brexit.”
Goold said that the original 2014 play, which the television film has been adapted from, was written in the context of the Leveson Inquiry into press freedom and privacy.
The critically-acclaimed director went on to say: “But I think one of the reasons we stayed with the freedom of the press was because there is a heroic irony that Charles’ life was being impeded on by the press.
“Actually, he defends the very thing that’s attacked him. It gave complexity and strength and dignity to a position that an audience might be hostile to given that it’s anti-democratic.”
King Charles III has been described as a future history play in which the Queen dies and Prince Charles ascends to the throne, however his rule plunges the monarchy into chaos and sees Britain descend into an anarchy not seen since the London riots.
It is then up to Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to take matters into their own hands in a bid to save the Royal Family.
The original play and the film has been written by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett and plays out like a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy complete with prophecy-speaking ghosts and scheming queens-in-waiting.
Written in blank verse, it features Shakespearean tropes including ghosts speaking prophecies, treachery and scheming queens-in-waiting.
King Charles III is available on DVD, Digital Download and BBC iPlayer on May 15.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK
Tags: Prince William, Prince Harry, Prince Charles, Princess Diana, Diana