The princess demands a disclaimer.
“The Crown” star Helena Bonham Carter believes Netflix has a “moral responsibility” to warn viewers they are not watching a documentary.
The actress, who portrayed Princess Margaret for two seasons on the royal drama, said on the series official podcast that there was an important distinction between “our version” and the “real version.”
“It is dramatized. I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, ‘Hang on guys, this is not … it’s not a drama-doc, we’re making a drama.’ So they are two different entities,” said Bonham Carter.
Season 4 of the show has caused an uproar due to the unsympathetic portrayal of the monarchy and in particular Prince Charles — with royal experts worried the reputation of the Windsor family could be damaged.
The comments from the 54-year-old actress emerged after UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden told The Mail on Sunday that he will write to Netflix amid mounting concerns that the royal family’s reputation is being soiled by fictionalized scenes on the show.
“Without this, I fear for a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may have mistaken fact for fictions,” he cautioned.
Princess Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, has also pushed for warnings.
“I think it would help ‘The Crown’ an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that, ‘This isn’t true but it is based around some real events,’” he told ITV.
“I worry people do think that this is gospel and that’s unfair.”
Prince Charles and Camilla’s official Twitter account’s comment section was shut down after the royal couple received hateful comments in the wake of the latest season of “The Crown.”
The show’s creator, Peter Morgan, has called the series an “act of creative imagination.”