Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin are backing Netflix in their decision to not put a fictional disclaimer ahead of The Crown for viewers.
The proposition first started with the UK’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, who suggested the program put a disclaimer ahead of each episode to alert viewers that the drama was in fact a fictionalization of the British Royal Family.
Helena Bonham-Carter, who played Princess Margaret in seasons three and four, backed his suggestion.
Now, the actors who play Prince Charles and Princess Diana, are speaking out on the controversy.
“We were slightly let down by our culture secretary, whose job it is to encourage culture,” Josh shared with the LA Times. “In my opinion, it’s pretty outrageous that he came out and said what he said. Particularly in this time when he knows that the arts are struggling and they’re on their knees, I think it’s a bit of a low blow.”
Josh added that viewers are aware The Crown is a work of fiction.
“My personal view is that audiences understand,” he shared. “You have to show them the respect and understand that they’re intelligent enough to see it for what it is, which is pure fiction.”
Emma also weighed in, telling Variety that “it is very clearly a dramatized version of events.”
“This is fictitious in the same way people don’t mistake Succession for what actually happened with the Murdochs,” she added. “I also understand [the request] comes from a place of sensitivity and protectiveness of the royal family and Diana.”
Recently, Emma opened up about what she’d do if she ever met Princes William and Harry.
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