The Crown viewers furious after bosses leave out Princess Anne’s kidnap horror

The Crown has covered key events in the history of The Royal Family, including the wedding of Prince Charles and Diana, but viewers are not happy with one key moment being left out.

Season four of the hit Netflix historical drama focuses on the life of the Mountbatten-Windsor family across 13 years, covering every well-known aspect.

However, one key part of the family history that has been shunned from the series is the attempt to kidnap HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, in 1974.

Four months after the Queen's daughter wedded Captain Mark Phillips, the pair were making their way back to Buckingham Palace from a charity event.

Their chauffeur-driven car was stopped on The Mall by a Ford Escort, which was occupied by Ian Ball.

Ball shot Anne's chauffeur as well as her security officer, Jim Beaton, with a handgun before opening fire on a passing journalist who attempted to help.

His intentions were to kidnap the Princess and then demand a ransom fee from The Queen of £2million.

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In true Anne style, the mother-of-two refused to move and when Bell demanded she exited her vehicle, she said: "not bloody likely."

Speaking to Michael Parkinson she said: "I didn't think I wanted to go, I was polite because I thought 'silly to be too rude at that stage'".

Anne eventually managed to escape, getting onto the road before police reinforcement arrived.

Taking to social media, viewers vented their frustration on bosses missing a key story.

"#TheCrown missed a trick by not showing Princess Anne's attempted kidnap because #ErinDoherty would have smashed it," said one.

A second added: "I'm disappointed they didn't include more of Anne, she is one of the most interesting royals and not just because she foiled her own kidnapping."

"I am so gutted they didn't show Princess Anne's kidnapping attempt #TheCrown," said another.

While another tweeted: "The armed kidnapping in 1974 of Princess Anne outside Buckingham Palace should have been covered in #TheCrown. They missed a trick there, it was a huge story at the time."

Ian Ball was subsequently arrested and later pleaded guilty to attempted murder and kidnapping.

Season Four of The Crown is available to stream on Netflix.

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