Josh O’Connor (AKA Prince Charles) Responds to ‘The Crown’ Disclaimer Drama

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The Crown star Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles) recently caught wind of the U.K.’s request to add a disclaimer on the popular Netflix series, and one thing’s for sure: He’s not happy about it.

It all started last week when Oliver Dowden (AKA the British culture minister) made a public plea to Netflix, asking the streaming service to include a disclaimer on the show to inform fans that it’s fictionalized. In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, O’Connor expressed his frustration about the request and revealed that it’s a slap in the face, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We were slightly let down by our culture secretary, whose job it is to encourage culture,” he said. “In my opinion, it’s pretty outrageous that he came out and said what he said. Particularly, in this time when he knows that the arts are struggling and they're on their knees, I think it’s a bit of a low blow.”

O’Connor went on to explain why there’s no need to add a disclaimer, claiming that fans already know The Crown is dramatized, adding, “My personal view is that audiences understand. You have to show them the respect and understand that they’re intelligent enough to see it for what it is, which is pure fiction.”

The news comes just a few days after Netflix released a statement in response to Dowden. “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,” it read, according to The Guardian. “As a result, we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer.”

This is getting really old, really fast.

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