The Crown: Netflix Will Not Add Disclaimer Calling Series Fiction

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Netflix has no plans to add a disclaimer to The Crown. 

In recent weeks the series has courted controversy for its depiction of the royal family. 

U.K. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden previously claimed that a label should be added to say that the series is a dramatized work of fiction. 

Emma Corrin on The Crown

"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," a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement to Variety.

"As a result, we have no plans — and see no need — to add a disclaimer."

Dowden said that he would be sending a letter to Netflix last week. 

"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," Dowden said.

The Crown Season 4 Poster

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

He wasn't the only person calling for Netflix to deem the show a work of fiction:

Charles Spencer, Diana's brother told ITV that a "health warning" should be added to each and every episode. 

"I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if – at the beginning of each episode – it stated that: 'This isn't true, but it is based around some real events,'" Spencer said.

"Then, everyone would understand it's a drama for drama's sake. Obviously, Netflix wants to make a lot of money, and that's why people are in the business of making these things. I worry people do think that this is the gospel, and that's unfair."

Olivia Colman is Queen Elizabeth

Even The Crown actress, Helena Bonham Carter has said that the show should be recognized as a work of fiction. 

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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