Secretary Oliver Dowden reportedly believes that younger viewers won’t understand that the series — which is widely understood to be based on true events — is dramatized.
“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,” Dowden told the Daily Mail on November 29. “Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”
The fourth season of the show focuses on Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the royals during the late 1970s and 1980s, but people have been getting riled up about the depiction of the late Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles (and his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles).
But issuing a health warning over it? Seems a bit drastic, and even historians agree.
Historian Alex von Tunzelmann tweeted: “Netflix already tells people that The Crown is fiction. It’s billed as a drama. Those people in it are actors. I know! Blows your mind.”