Emma Corrin thinks a disclaimer for 'The Crown' would be “mad”

Jessica Davis
·2-min read

From Harper's BAZAAR

Emma Corrin thinks that the suggestion of a fiction disclaimer for The Crown is “mad”.

The popular series came under fire for allegedly depicting historical inaccuracies, despite it always being clear that the show is a drama, not a documentary.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden previously said viewers might confuse fiction for fact. However, Netflix has since dismissed calls for a fiction disclaimer at the start of every episode - a decision that Corrin agrees with.

The actress, who plays Princess Diana, says a disclaimer “does a disservice to creativity, and imagination, and screenwriting, and scriptwriting”.

“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. So, you can write down all the facts as if it were a timeline, but all the substance is fictitious,” Corrin told The Daily Beast.

“We 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.”

She continued: “It’s mad 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.”

Photo credit: Des Willie
Photo credit: Des Willie

Josh O'Connor, who plays Prince Charles, is also against the idea of a disclaimer for the show, calling it "outrageous".

He explained on the LA Times’ podcast, The Envelope: “My personal view is that audiences understand. You have to show them the respect and understand that they’re intelligent enough to see it for what it is.”

Season four has received criticism from senior royals over its "cruel and unfair" portrayal of the events that led to the marriage breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Some royal sources believe the show to be full of inaccuracies, while others - including Diana's former butler - have argued that it is a largely truthful representation.

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