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The Crown’s Emma Corrin blasts ‘mad’ calls for Netflix to include fiction warning and says ‘it’s disservice to the show’

THE Crown actress Emma Corrin has branded calls to specifically label the Netflix show as fiction as “mad.”

The star, who plays Princess Diana in the fourth series of the streaming show, insisted adding a disclaimer to the programme – which is fiction, based on factual Royals – would do “a disservice to creativity, and imagination, and screenwriting, and scriptwriting.”


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The Crown actress Emma Corrin has blasted calls to add a fiction warning to the start of the Netflix series[/caption]

British actress Emma‘s comments come after the government’s Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden praised The Crown as a “beautifully produced work of fiction”, but said viewers could be in danger of mistaking it for fact without a warning at the beginning of each episode.

Broadcaster Netflix responded by insisting they would not put any kind of warning ahead of the controversial series 4 action, which plays out Princess Diana’s bulimia battle and her turbulent relationship with Prince Charles, including his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

But some scenes – including the false suggestion that the affair between Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles continued throughout his marriage to Diana – have been invented.

Emma, 25, has now insisted to The Daily Beast: “The Crown is accurate insofar as it’s about a family over a period of time, and we have factual information about what happened to the country—and to the family.

Emma, who plays Princess Diana in the hit series, insisted a disclaimer would be ‘mad’[/caption]
Netflix say the drama is ‘a work of fiction broadly based on historical events’[/caption]

“So, you can write down all the facts as if it were a timeline, but all the substance is fictitious.

“We can know that Diana and Camilla went to a restaurant called Menage A Trois, which is hysterically ironic, but it happened, but we obviously don’t know what was said, so that is fiction. But that’s how a lot of series operate.

“It’s mad that they want to label it as “fiction” when you have Diana: In Her Own Words where she talks about everything, and it’s much more harrowing.”

After writing to the government’s culture secretary to reject the inclusion of a disclaimer, Netflix revealed a fresh statement on The Crown‘s controversy in line with Emma’s views.

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The government’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden previously suggested a waring would be helpful[/caption]
Netflix features disclaimers at the start of some series, including 13 Reasons Why
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Emma said to do so for The Crown would be doing a ‘disservice’ to creativity[/caption]

Its head honchos stated to Mail on Sunday: “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.

“As a result, we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.”

Netflix does add disclaimers to some of its series, including gritty teen suicide drama, 13 Reasons Why, so it is not a blanket ban policy.

Meanwhile Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, is another who recently called for a disclaimer on the show.

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Series 4 is based on the lives of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana[/caption]
It features awkward scenes showing Prince Charles losing his temper at his then-wife
Princess Diana’s bulimia battle is also portrayed[/caption]

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He told ITV’s Lorraine: “I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that: ‘This isn’t true but it is based around some real events’.”

He added: “I worry people do think that this is gospel and that’s unfair.”

It comes amid concerns fictional scenes for the fourth series written by the The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan are doing damage to the monarchy because viewers believe they are true.

A friend of Prince Charles even referred to the portrayal of the Royal family as “sinister” and “highly sophisticated propaganda”.



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