While much of The Crown is comparable to real life, like Camilla Parker-Bowles and Diana's lunch, and Prince Charles' trip to Australia, Netflix has been urged to add a reminder that the show is fictionalised.
In a new interview, the culture secretary Oliver Dowden has explained he believes there will be a number of people who watch the fourth series of the hit show without appreciating that it's a dramatisation, and will take every word as fact. Something which, unsurprisingly, many think will damage the Royal family's reputation.
"I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact," he told Mail on Sunday. "[Netflix's] beautifully produced work of fiction... should be very clear at the beginning it is just that".
While Netflix initially had no comment to share in response, a spokesperson has now said they have no plans to add a disclaimer, insisting they have confidence in their viewers' ability to decipher fact from fiction. They said:
"We have always presented The Crown as a drama — and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events. As a result we have no plans — and see no need — to add a disclaimer."
This comes as actor Josh O'Connor, who plays Prince Charles, also attempted to remind fans of the show that it was not always a historical account. He told BBC Breakfast: "What Peter Morgan [the show's creator] does so brilliantly is he takes the historical facts... and then paints in between those 'punctuation moments'.
"Sometimes people will want to believe this is what happened. It's always worth checking in and remembering that we're actors, we're not real and it's not a real story," he added.
Elsewhere, a report claimed Prince Charles's real life friends were unhappy with the portrayal of the Prince of Wales in the show, calling it "trolling with a Hollywood budget."
Eek. Whether you take what you watch as fact or with a pinch of salt, there's no denying The Crown is brilliant viewing.
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