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As calls for Netflix to add a disclaimer to its royal series The Crown continue, the streaming service revealed that it has no plans and sees no reason to do so.
“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,” a Netflix spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter.
The response comes shortly after U.K. culture secretary Oliver Dowden called on Netflix to add a “health warning” making it clear that it was a drama.
Helena Bonham Carter — who has portrayed Princess Margaret in seasons 3 and 4 — also spoke out amid the outcry saying that producers have a “moral responsibility” to remind viewers the show is “dramatized.”
“I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, ‘Hang on guys, this is not… it’s not a drama-doc, we’re making a drama.’ So they are two different entities,” she said during an episode of an official podcast for the show.
Though the show centered on the British royal family first premiered in 2016, the latest season seems to have sparked the most controversy for its depiction of the marriage and downfall of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Buckingham Palace’s former press secretary has blasted the show for framing Charles as the “villain.”
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