The Culture Secretary wants Netflix to warn viewers The Crown is fiction

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has spoken about TV series The Crown, saying that he wants Netflix to warn viewers that the series is a work of fiction.

Season four of the acclaimed drama hasn’t been without controversy, with members of the Royal Family attacked by trolls online over the show’s depiction.

Now, the secretary of state for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has called for disclaimers at the beginning of every episode to avoid depictions on the show being mistaken for real life events.

‘It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that,’ he told the Mail on Sunday.

‘Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.’

The latest series of The Crown introduces Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) and explores her marriage to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and the subsequent love triangle with Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell).

The series has come under fire from a number of high-profile detractors over its depictions of Royal Family members between 1977 and 1990, namely the show’s portrayal of Diana’s eating disorder as well as Charles’ affair with Camilla.

Prince Charles’ friends have declared the series ‘trolling on a Hollywood budget’, with Andrew Marr slamming the show as ‘grossly unfair and sadistic’.

Princess Diana’s brother, meanwhile, has revealed he’s been sent abuse by American fans of The Crown over his views that the show isn’t accurate. has contacted Netflix for comment.

The Crown is available to stream on Netflix.

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