Netflix has 'no plans' to add fiction disclaimer to The Crown
According to a Netflix spokesperson, the streaming service will not add a disclaimer amid amplifying calls for the popular series to include a warning about its depictions of the British royal family.
“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 confirmed to EW. "As a result we have no plans — and see no need — to add a disclaimer."
The response comes just after U.K. culture secretary Oliver Dowden suggested to The Daily Mail that each episode of the drama should begin with a disclaimer stating that the show is not factual. "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 recently told the publication.
Since its 2016 debut, The Crown has followed the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II (played by Claire Foy across seasons 1 and 2, followed by Olivia Colman in seasons 3 and 4), with current episodes incorporating storylines involving Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Emerald Fennell), and Princesses Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) and Diana (Emma Corrin).
EW has learned Netflix received a private letter of complaint from Dowden, which registers among 12 complaints to date about the content of season 4 in the United Kingdom. Still, the streamer has made a point to highlight the series' dramatized nature in promotional materials, including its official tie-in podcast and YouTube series that accompany new episodes.
Season 4 of The Crown is now streaming on Netflix.