The Crown star Helena Bonham Carter has insisted that Netflix has a moral responsibility to distinguish truth from fiction.
It comes after Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden spoke out about the regal drama, saying that he wants Netflix to warn viewers that the series is a work of fiction. The politician called for disclaimers at the beginning of every episode to avoid depictions on the show being mistaken for real life events.
Helena, who plays Princess Margaret on the show, has also addressed the issue on The Crown’s official podcast, saying that makers of the programme have a duty to differentiate from ‘our version’ and the ‘real version’ of history.
The actress said: ‘I do feel very strongly because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, “Hang on guys, this is not… it’s not drama doc, we’re making a drama”.
‘So they are two different entities,’ she added.
Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) is at the centre of the new season, which explores her marriage to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and the love triangle with Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell).
Oiiver Dowden wants Netflix to warn viewers The Crown is fiction (Pics: PA/Netflix)
The new episodes have come under fire for their portrayal of Diana’s eating disorder as well as Charles’ affair with Camilla.
Members of the Royal Family have been targeted online as a result of the drama.
The culture Secretary previously told the Mail on Sunday: ‘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 added: ‘Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.’
Andrew Marr has slammed the show as ‘grossly unfair and sadistic’, while Prince Charles’ friends have declared the series ‘trolling on a Hollywood budget’.
The Crown is available to stream on Netflix.
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