The Crown confuses me too. There’s enough real history with this family that there is no need for fabrication.
We are going to watch the Wales' war in all its glory next year, and I don't think it will deviate much from the Deceased's narrative, in fact, even biographers condemned the last season because of this, nobody spoke well about Charles on the topic for hey, there were lovers involved on both sides but almost 30 years since her death should give us some margin to at least speak about facts but then again, I understand why they wouldn't go there, in any case, it suits Peter Morgan's line from the beginning, let's not forget he started, at least publicly outside the UK, by writing «The Queen» so of course he was going to follow that line.
I was pleasantly, if not very, surprised that he chose to go with the line the Queen actually made his secretary drop that remark to «The Times» on HM's opinion on Thatcher, and South Africa. There is a very old series around, I have it myself, and there are some chapters on youtube, called THE QUEEN, 5 episodes, each one HM is portrayed by a different actress in each episode:
E01, Margaret and Peter Townsend
E02, The Royal Family's documentary, Anne's wedding, and her attempt to be kidnapped, which I am sad The Crown didn't portrait.
E03, Thatcher's visit to Balmoral, you can see she was very well treated, and no mention to faux-pas was filmed, the whole Commonwealth issue, and the narrative here is the secretary decided this himself.
E04, the last years of the Wales' war, the Panorama interview, HM agrees to a divorce.
E05, Charles and Camilla attempt to make her liked by the public, how Charles managed that, and finally convinced her mother to publicly acknowledge her presence.
Yes, the budget was low, and you can tell, but I liked it, especially given how much material, and money, TC has vs what they actually portrayed. Sometimes they created drama when it wasn't, and ignored very interesting situations well known to those we love history.
Anyway, I watch it as a fiction, and try very hard to forget they are actually portraying facts, instead of half-facts, and innuendo. Plus, I think Immelda would do a superb job, I love Olivia but honestly, her "Queen" was a bit dumb after Claire's. I feel she took the queue from Helen Mirren, show no emotion, make it dowdy, make it cold, and she is anything