‘The Crown’ Responds to Royal Family’s Request to Add Disclaimer

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Remember when Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, shared his candid thoughts about season five of The Crown? Well, Netflix just responded to the royal family’s request with a big fat “no.”

It all started last week when the U.K. government’s Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, publicly asked the streaming service to add a disclaimer on The Crown, which would alert viewers that it’s a fictional interpretation of the royal family.

This prompted Netflix to release a statement, claiming it has “no plans” to include a message because viewers are already aware that it’s a dramatized version of events.

“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,” the statement read, according to The Guardian. “As a result, we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer.”

The news might shock some fans, since Princess Diana’s brother recently spoke out about his late sister’s portrayal in The Crown.

“The worry for me is that people see a program like that, and they forget that it is fiction,” Spencer said during an appearance on the British TV show Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh. “They assume, especially foreigners, I find Americans tell me they have watched The Crown as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven’t.”

Earl Spencer also revealed that he denied Netflix’s request to film at his childhood home, Althorp House. “Actually, The Crown asked if they could film at Althorp, and I said obviously not,” he said.

Regardless of how we feel about the matter, it’s safe to say that Netflix has spoken. *Bangs gavel*

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