The latest teaser for The Crown has a warning stating that the show is a “fictional dramatization” inspired by true events. Previous promos for Netflix’s extravagant royal drama omitted this logline in favor of a synopsis of the series.
The passage appears only in the video’s YouTube description and not in the clip itself.
Netflix, on the other hand, already refers to the show as “fictionalized drama” in promotional materials, on social media, and on The Crown’s main page on its platform.
“Inspired by true events, this fictional dramatisation chronicles the narrative of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that defined her reign,” according to the excerpt.
This fictional dramatization, based on true events, depicts the narrative of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that influenced her reign.
It follows criticism from Dame Judi Dench and Sir John Major over stories in the upcoming fifth season.
Dame Judi, a stage and film veteran, has called for a disclaimer to be included to each episode of The Crown, claiming that it has begun to border on “crude sensationalism.”
Sir John is alleged to have called the upcoming scenes, in which the King, then the Prince of Wales, plots to depose the Queen, “malicious rubbish.”
The upcoming series is supposed to depict Charles interrupting his vacation with Diana, Princess of Wales in 1991 to have a covert rendezvous with Sir John at Highgrove.
The fourth season of the opulent Netflix drama also drew criticism for reportedly not doing enough to make viewers aware that they were seeing a work of fiction.
The then-culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, requested that Netflix include a disclaimer in each episode, which the corporation denied.
“The Crown has always been portrayed as a drama based on historical events,” a spokesman for the show previously stated. “Series five is a fictitious dramatization of what may have happened behind closed doors during a key decade for the royal family – one that has previously been scrutinized and well-documented by journalists, biographers, and historians.”
In an interview published this week in the US journal Entertainment Weekly, the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, defended the next season.
“I believe we must all acknowledge that the 1990s were a tough period for the royal family, and King Charles will almost definitely have some bitter recollections of that period,” he added.
“But that doesn’t imply that history will be harsh to him or the monarchy in retrospect.” The show most certainly isn’t.”