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UK Culture Secretary calls on Netflix to label ‘The Crown’ fiction

Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has demanded that Netflix brand “The Crown” as fiction, to clarify that certain events depicted in the show should not be taken as fact.

In an interview with Daily Mail, Dowden said: “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 that, I’m afraid that a generation of viewers who did not experience these events could confuse fiction with reality.

Dowden is expected to write Netflix a formal request for a tag to be added to the start of each episode, making it clear that the series is fictional. Dowden’s demands echo concerns that the series will cause lasting damage to the image of the British monarchy.

Netflix did not immediately respond to Varietyrequest for comment.

Charles Spencer, Princess Diana’s brother, told ITV on Wednesday he also thought a disclaimer was needed.

“It would help ‘The Crown’ enormously if at the start of each episode it was stated that ‘this is not true but is based on real events,'” Spencer told ITV. “Because then everyone would understand that it’s drama for drama’s sake.”

Princess Diana is one of the main focuses of Season 4, and “The Crown” depicts her struggles with bulimia in several episodes – which are marked with a health warning at the start.

Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in ‘The Crown’, said Variety in an interview: “These were difficult scenes to film and I also feel like taking her there was a good thing. It gave me a place to go with her, but I was a lot exhausted these days, because at the same time that you’re playing someone who’s fictional and you obviously don’t feel or think about those things, it’s your job to make yourself feel that way.