NETFLIX HAS “NO plans – and sees no need” to add a disclaimer to The Crown to explain that this is a work of fiction.
British Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden recently said he was concerned that viewers of the opulent royal drama could be in danger of mistaking fiction for fact without warning at the start of the episode.
It is known that the streaming service has received a private letter from Dowden, and has sent a personal response.
Dowden previously told the Mail on Sunday: “This is a beautifully produced work of fiction, so like any TV production, Netflix should be very clear at first, that’s all.
“Without this, I’m afraid the generation of viewers who didn’t experience this event might mistake fiction for fact.”
Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret in the third and fourth series, said the show had a “moral responsibility” to make it clear to viewers that it was a drama and not a historical fact.
In a recorded interview for The Crown’s official podcast after filming for season four finished earlier this year, Bonham Carter discussed the differences between “our version” and “original”.
He said: “I feel really strong because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, ‘Wait guys, it’s not… this is not a drama doc, we’re making a drama’.
So they are two different entities.
The fourth installment of the show features Diana, Princess of Wales (Emma Corrin) and dramatizes her relationship with the Prince of Wales (Josh O’Connor).
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A statement from Netflix said: “We have always presented The Crown as a drama – and we have every confidence in our members to understand that this is a work of fiction that is largely based on historical events.
“As a result, we have no plans – and feel no need – to add a disclaimer.”
Peter Morgan, who created The Crown, previously appeared on the show’s official podcast to defend his rights to the creative license.
It is understood that very few official complaints have been made to Netflix about series four content in the UK.
Former royal butler Paul Burrell said the new season was a “fair and accurate drama” of the royal family’s treatment of Diana.
But Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, asked Netflix to add a disclaimer that made it clear The Crown was a work of fiction.
He told ITV’s Lorraine: “I think it would really help The Crown if, at the start of each episode, it was stated that, ‘This is not true but it is based on some real events’.
“I’m afraid people will think this is the gospel and it’s not fair.”