Netflix Responds to Calls for 'The Crown' to Add Disclaimer: "We Have No Plans and See No Need"

Damn, okay, Netflix!

Now that The Crown (opens in new tab) is slipping into very recent history and touching on some very sensitive subjects (read: Prince Charles and Princess Diana' entire relationship (opens in new tab)), there are increased calls for the show to add a disclaimer reminding audiences that it is, in fact, fiction. In response to disclaimer calls—including from U.K. Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden—Netflix gave the following pretty firm statement to The Guardian (opens in new tab) (via People (opens in new tab)):

"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."

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

Meanwhile, the royals are reportedly less than thrilled about the show (opens in new tab), with sources close to Prince Charles telling Vanity Fair (opens in new tab), “Many royal historians and experts have dismissed it as fiction but Netflix is playing a dangerous game. They’re making money out of characterizing people who work hard for the nation. If people are using the series as a textbook for royal history, that’s troublesome. Netflix has a duty to be up front about its programming and the producers should be more honest about what is fact and what is fiction. It’s not the first drama about a difficult chapter, but a bit more honesty on the program makers’ part about it being a drama wouldn’t go amiss.”

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Mehera Bonner
Mehera Bonner

Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.