The Crown's ‘dangerously wrong’ details spark calls for warning

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Following the release of The Crown season four, the UK government has revealed they would like Netflix to add a disclaimer to the show to ensure viewers understand it's fiction and not necessarily what actually happened.

UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has expressed his concern over the audience's understanding of the way the show portrays historical events and would like a warning shown before each episode explaining that it is not "fact".

The UK government has revealed they would like Netflix to add a disclaimer to The Crown to ensure viewers understand it's fiction. Photo: Netflix
The UK government has revealed they would like Netflix to add a disclaimer to The Crown to ensure viewers understand it's fiction. Photo: Netflix

"It's a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that," he told The Daily Mail.

"Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact."

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Dowden is expected to formally request Netflix to add what others have called a "health warning" at the start of each episode.

It comes as fears the show is causing lasting damage to the monarchy and Prince Charles in particular.

The UK Government fears audiences will believe everything on The Crown actually happened. Photo: Netflix
The UK Government fears audiences will believe everything on The Crown actually happened. Photo: Netflix

"It is quite sinister the way that [screenwriter Peter] Morgan is clearly using light entertainment to drive a very overt republican agenda and people just don't see it," a friend of the Prince told the publication.

"It is highly sophisticated propaganda," they added.

It is believed more people have tuned in to the show than those who watched Prince Charles' actual wedding to Princess Diana.

Controversy has surrounded scenes between Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and the timeline of their affair during his marriage to Diana, as well as portrayals of verbal abuse toward Diana.

Controversy has surrounded scenes between Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and the timeline of their affair during his marriage to Diana. Photo: Netflix
Controversy has surrounded scenes between Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles and the timeline of their affair during his marriage to Diana. Photo: Netflix

Diana's brother Earl Spencer has backed calls for a disclaimer, telling ITV, "It would help The Crown an enormous amount if at the beginning of each episode it stated that, 'This isn't true but is based around some real events'. Because then everyone would understand it's drama for drama's sake."

Emma Corrin, who plays Diana in the show, has even admitted the show is "fictionalised to a great extent" during an appearance on Tamron Hall's talk show.

"I think for everyone in The Crown we always try and remind everyone that... the series we are in is fictionalised to a great extent," she said.

Emma Corrin, who plays Diana in the show, has even admitted the show is "fictionalised to a great extent". Photo: Netflix
Emma Corrin, who plays Diana in the show, has even admitted the show is "fictionalised to a great extent". Photo: Netflix

"Obviously it has its roots in reality and in some fact but Peter Morgan's scripts are works of fiction."

However, Alex von Tunzelmann, a historian who writes for The Guardian, has defended the streaming platform, "Netflix already tells people that The Crown is fiction. It’s billed as a drama. Those people in it are actors. I know! Blows your mind."

Netflix has not released their own statement regrading a disclaimer.

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