The new season of “The Crown” will air for the first time since the death of Queen Elizabeth II in September, and amid backlash, Netflix has now included a disclaimer for the latest season 5 trailer, released on YouTube.
A new disclaimer that appeared on social media channels for “The Crown” and Netflix’s website outlines a “fictional dramatization” of the show that is “inspired by true events.”
The revision comes two days after actress Dame Judi Dench criticized the show’s “sensationalism” in its portrayal of royals such as King Charles III and the Princess of Wales.
Dench previously portrayed the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, for which she won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In a letter to The Times, she shared her concerns about the upcoming new season, writing that “the closer the drama gets to the present, the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crass sensationalism”.
“The Crown” chronicles the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September at the age of 96 after spending 70 years as monarch. Imelda Staunton will play the Queen in the upcoming season, which marks the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne in the 1990s.
“While many will know ‘The Crown’ for the brilliant but fictionalized account of events that it is, I fear that a significant number of viewers, particularly overseas, may find its version of history entirely true,” Dench wrote.
Dench’s letter follows a statement by Sir John Major, the former British prime minister who held the position from 1990 to 1997. The politician recently told The Daily Mail that a scene showing him and then-Prince Charles discussing a plot to topple Queen Elizabeth when the major was in office it was “a barrel load of malicious nonsense”.
Major called for a boycott of the show and Netflix reportedly defended the series as a “fictional drama”.
“The Crown” won 22 Emmys, including the trophy for best drama series and the award for best actress for Claire Foy and Olivia Colman. Josh O’Connor, who portrayed Prince Charles as a youngster in 13 episodes, won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.
Season 5 is expected to cover the royal family’s turbulent 1990s, when Prince Charles and Diana’s marriage fell apart. The Princess of Wales died in a car accident in Paris in August 1997.
The series has been widely acclaimed as a drama, but has also been criticized over the years for lacking in historical accuracy. Two years ago, Netflix rejected calls for a disclaimer to be added to the series after former UK culture secretary Oliver Dowden insisted it be added.
The latest episodes of the show will premiere in Canada and the US on Netflix on November 9.
With files from CNN and The Associated Press
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