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The Crown: Culture Secretary wants Netflix to claim show is fictional | Ents & Arts News

The Crown could be in danger of misleading fans, causing viewers to confuse the show’s fictional events with fact, the Culture Secretary has warned.

Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), welcomed the hit show on Netflix as a “beautifully realized work of fiction”, but wants the streaming giant to add a disclaimer at the start of each episode.

Mr Dowden is particularly concerned that young viewers, who are unfamiliar with historical events involving the Royal Family, could confuse the show with real life.

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He 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 start, it’s just that.

“Without this, I fear that a generation of viewers who did not experience these events may confuse fiction with reality.”

The show, now in its fourth season, focuses on the royal family and uses its members and events as inspiration for the story.

Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in the latest series, previously told Sky News that she was clear from the script that the show is a work of fiction.

“It’s a drama, it’s Peter’s (series creator Morgan) version of events,” the actress said. “We use these real people as a starting point to tell a story.”

According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Dowden intends to write to Netflix asking them to make it clear at the start of episodes that the series is fiction.

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The DCMS did not comment on the story on Saturday.

The minister’s remarks come after a similar suggestion was made by Earl Spencer, brother of the late Princess Diana.

He told ITV’s Lorraine: “I think it would help The Crown enormously if at the start of each episode it said that: ‘It’s not true but it’s based on real events’.”

He added: “I’m afraid people will think that’s the gospel and that’s unfair.”

Mr Morgan told The Times in a recent interview: “Sometimes you have to give up on accuracy, but you should never give up on truth.”