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The Crown Won't Add An On-Screen Fiction Disclaimer After All

A disclaimer had been added to the Season 5 trailer's YouTube page.
  • Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki in The Crown. (Photo: Netflix)
    Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki in The Crown. (Photo: Netflix)

    The Crown won't be adding an on-screen disclaimer for Season 5.

    While there had been speculation that the award-winning Netflix original might add a fiction disclaimer to the series after including one with the Season 5 trailer, the streamer will reportedly not be updating The Crown with the same "fictional dramatization" descriptor.

    The series has come under fire in recent months for its upcoming depiction of the royal family during the years of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's divorce. Dame Judi Dench called the series "cruelly unjust" and "damaging", echoing the sentiments of former Prime Minister John Major, who labeled The Crown "a barrel-load of malicious nonsense" and "damaging and malicious fiction".

    The cast and crew of The Crown has also defended the series against claims of malice. "Peter [Morgan] and the entire crew of this job do their utmost to really handle everything with such sensitivity and truth and complexity, as do actors," said Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana in the upcoming season. "...it’s a heavy, heavy responsibility to get it right and something I think we all take pretty seriously," added Dominic West.

    The Crown Season 5 debuts on Netflix November 9. Seasons 1-4 are currently streaming on the platform.

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    Jade Budowski is a freelance writer with a knack for ruining punchlines and harboring dad-aged celebrity crushes. She was previously a reporter/producer at Decider and is a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow her on Twitter: @jadebudowski.

    TOPICS: The Crown, Netflix, Peter Morgan