Crown Controversy: Netflix Adds “Fictional Dramatization” Disclaimer to Trailer Description

Netflix has added a disclaimer on its YouTube account to the description for its trailer of season 5 of hit drama The Crown, highlighting it is a work of fiction.

Judi Dench in recent days criticized the show for “crude sensationalism.”


Netflix’s public pronouncements that it was “fictionalized drama” didn’t go far enough and the company should slap a more explicit disclaimer “at the start of each episode,” she argued.

The Crown producers briefly paused filming when Queen Elizabeth II died Sept. 8, which was followed by an official mourning period in Britain.

Season 5 of the show starts in the early 1990s after the departure of Margaret Thatcher as prime minister, with the relationship between Princess Diana and then-Prince Charles under strain. Imelda Staunton, Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West replace Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor in key roles in the latest season.