LONDON – Netflix has “no plans” to add a disclaimer to “The Crown” stating its lavish drama about the British royal family is a fiction.
In a statement on Saturday, Netflix said it has always portrayed the drama as just that – a drama.
“We have always presented The Crown as a drama – and we are confident our members understand that it is a fiction that is largely based on historical events,” it said.
“As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.”
Netflix was asked last week by UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden to add the disclaimer after the drama’s fourth series aired.
Historical fidelity issues weren’t a big issue in previous seasons of the show, which debuted in 2016 and traces Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign, which began in 1952.
But the current fourth season takes place in the 1980s, a divisive decade in Britain. Characters include the Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, whose eleven-year term changed and divided Britain, and the late Princess Diana, whose death in a 1997 car accident pierced the nation and the world.
Some conservatives have criticized the program’s portrayal of Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson. The UK’s first female Prime Minister to pass away in 2013 is portrayed as a clash with Olivia Colman’s Elizabeth on a scale that some consider exaggerated.
The Crown creator Peter Morgan, whose work includes recent history dramas “The Queen” and “Frost / Nixon”, has defended his work, declaring it has been thoroughly researched and spiritually true.
Charles Spencer, Diana’s brother, was one of those who urged Netflix to add a disclaimer.
“I think it would help The Crown a lot if at the beginning of each episode they said, ‘This is not true, but it’s based on some real-life events,” he told ITV that this is a gospel and that it is unfair. “
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