EXCLUSIVE: Bob Hawke’s widow Blanche d’Alpuget reveals why she has NEVER watched the ‘vulgar and inaccurate’ Netflix series The Crown starring Richard Roxburgh as the PM
Bob Hawke’s widow Blanche d’Alpuget says she hasn’t watched The Crown, despite her late husband being featured in the controversial Netflix series.
The 77-year-old spoke to Daily Mail Australia about the show, in which the former prime minister is played by Australian actor Richard Roxburgh, while attending the Women of the Future Awards in Sydney on Wednesday.
Ms d’Alpuget said that while she hasn’t watched The Crown herself, she understands the portrayal of Hawke was ‘very vulgar and inaccurate’.
Shunned: Bob Hawke’s widow Blanche d’Alpuget says she hasn’t watched The Crown, despite her late husband being featured in the controversial Netflix series. Pictured in March 2006
‘I have never watched it,’ she said. ‘I never have. I turn off the television at eight o’clock.
‘I know it was vulgar. Very vulgar, and very inaccurate.’
The fourth season of the colourful British royal family drama focused on the 1980s to 1990s and the sixth episode is Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ celebrated 1983 tour of Australia.
The then-popular Labor PM, played by Roxburgh, is portrayed as an ardent republican who despises the monarchy and hopes the royal visit will inspire Australians to dump it for an Australian head of state.
Starring role: In the fourth season of the Netflix series The Crown, Bob Hawke was played by Australian actor Richard Roxburgh (left)
In the episode, ‘Terra Nullius’, the Hawke character gives an interview on the ABC’s Four Corners ahead of the Royal Tour in which he says Australia wouldn’t have a ‘Pom’ as a head of state for much longer.
‘You wouldn’t put a pig in charge of a herd of prime beef cattle — even if it did look good in a twin set and pearls,’ he says to the laughter of the studio audience.
However, while the interview about a republic did happen, Mr Hawke never used those words to describe the Queen, or ever spoke so dismissively about the monarchy.
Opinion: Blanche spoke out about her husband’s portrayal at the Women of the Future Awards at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday. Pictured alongside designer Jenny Kee (left) and Kerri-Anne Kennerley (right)
Blanche is second wife of Bob Hawke, the longest-serving Labor Prime Minister of Australia.
The pair married in 1995, and were together until his passing in 2019, aged 89.
Also on Wednesday, Blanche revealed she has completed her treatment after being diagnosed with breast cancer early last year.
‘The treatment finished seven weeks ago,’ she said.
After undergoing a ‘breast reconstruction’, Blanche said she was still recovering, and had taken time out to allow her body to heal.
‘I’ve taken this year off work. Last year I was too sick to work. I’ve taken this year off work, just to look after my body,’ explained the writer.
She also said moving forward, she has to have a consultation with her surgeon ‘once every six months and have blood tests’.
‘It’s very nice to be on the other side of it. It’s absolutely wonderful to think you’re never going to have chemotherapy again,’ she admitted.
‘The treatment finished seven weeks ago,’ said Blanche of her cancer treatment. Pictured alongside late husband Bob at an opening in Sydney in January 2013