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