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It’s a TV show, but “The Crown” is making waves in real life.

This week, Netflix succumbed to criticism of the smash hit before the fifth season’s scheduled release date was November 9. A spokesperson for the former British prime minister after clips surfaced showing a fictional 1991 conversation between John Major and the then-Prince Charles about abdication and accession. last weekend he called the show a “barrel full of bullshit”. Actress Judi Dench then wrote in an open letter, warning that “The closer the drama is to the present, the more freely she seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and gross sensation.”

Since the series began airing in 2016, UK government officials, an actress on the show, and others have been swayed by Queen Elizabeth II. They called for better labeling about the fictional depiction of Elizabeth’s reign. As the series got closer to the present day, criticism of inaccuracies increased. With heightened sentiment over the long-time queen’s recent death, grunts have intensified about an as-yet-unreleased Netflix documentary series linked to both “The Crown” and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (better known as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle).

The trailer for the new season of “The Crown”, which was taken off the air on Thursday, focuses on Charles and Princess Diana’s marital problems in the 1990s, Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles (now wife), and Diana’s conversations with reporters. 1995 television interview.

Dame Judi, who has called on Netflix to note that every episode is fiction, wrote that the new stories “are both brutally unfair to individuals and hurtful to the institution they represent”.

The streaming giant, which initially defended its approach, long resisted adding such a disclaimer. “We’ve always presented ‘The Crown’ as a drama, and we’re confident our members understand that it’s a work of fiction based largely on historical events,” Netflix said at 2020. However, the company changed course on Friday and added this statement here. Season five trailer: “Inspired by true events, this fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.” The Netflix website also has the same language on the series landing page.

You may be wondering why there is so much fuss. scripted show. The series was watched by 73 million households between 2016 and 2020, making royal watching a global sport. The brilliant mix of real events and fictitious dialogue blurred fact and fiction, even for those of us who like to spot bugs. A British tabloid reported that in 2020, an estimated 29 million viewers watched “The Crown” in the week after the fourth season arrived – more global viewers than Charles and Diana’s 1981 UK wedding. “Americans tell me they watch ‘The Crown’ like they’ve taken a history lesson. Well, they didn’t,” said Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, an advocate for ingredient labels.

When Diana’s character arrived in season four, Netflix added a piece of advice about her struggles with bulimia to episodes, warning that viewers might be distracted by the eating disorder scenes. So even if Netflix doesn’t want to be upfront about where it takes liberties, the concept of disclaimers isn’t exactly foreign.

Asked about the show last year, Diana’s son Harry said, “It’s fictional, but somewhat factual. Of course it’s not exactly true. It gives you a rough idea of ​​what this lifestyle is, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else.”

In a 2021 interview, Harry also said: “I’m more comfortable with ‘The Crown’ than seeing stories written about my family, my wife or myself.”

Harry, who has repeatedly criticized his mother’s exploitation by the media, is in an awkward spot here: He and his wife are getting ready to release a Netflix series about their own lives. In a Variety cover story this week, Meghan mixed personal information and reflections on the queen with the promotion of her Spotify podcast. He also said of the Netflix series: “It’s nice to be able to trust someone with our story – a seasoned director whose work I’ve admired for a long time – even if it means it won’t be the way we’re going to tell it. But that’s not why we’re telling you this. We entrust our story to someone else, and that means it will go through their eyes.”

One interpretation might be: Meghan is signaling limited control over production amid reports that the couple is trying to edit some content following the queen’s death.

Another comment: when it comes to royalty, art hardly mimics reality.

Here’s a Post video from 2020 examining which real-life events inspired the content in season four of “The Crown.”

Season 4 of “The Crown” features Princess Diana’s marriage to Prince Charles and Queen Elizabeth II. It is based on events such as Elizabeth’s relationship with Margaret Thatcher. (Video: Allie Caren/The Washington Post)

And while this fourth-season Post review notes that it can be “disturbing” that many characters are still alive, it concludes that “finally in familiar territory, ‘The Crown’ hits a nerve.”

Watching the show again before the new season? Tweet us your thoughts on the episodes or the disclaimer discussion: @Autbaharsan1

King silence: Amid the drama of Netflix’s drama, the explosion of Prime Minister Liz Truss’s premiership after six turbulent weeks made headlines around the world. But beyond the Lettuce Liz references (or the fact that Truss was the first prime minister to serve two monarchs since Winston Churchill), there was this: King Charles’ silence among political factions. Whether the notorious Charles would be discreet as king was a question as he ascended the throne. In his first speech as a monarch, he noted that his role had changed. Amidst the Truss chaos, she stuck to her schedule and remained a mother. Meanwhile, the Conservatives are not solving one small problem: Who will be the next Prime Minister.

mail bag: More than 50,000 letters and cards have been sent to the royal family commemorating Queen Elizabeth’s death, as of October 1, on Buckingham Palace Instagram. Staff often send a form response, usually a photo card, to anyone who writes to the royal residences after occasions such as a wedding, birthday or funeral. King Charles’s condolence replies to social media include a 1952 photo taken with his mother as a young boy.

Will Camilla wear the diamond that India and others want back? The 105-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond currently in the crown of the British consortium stands out, as Charles’ coronation is scheduled for next May, The Post’s Snowman and Niha Masih said. The diamond is one of many controversial treasures Britain has acquired as the ruler of a global empire – a legacy that has been under scrutiny since Queen Elizabeth’s death last month.

India, a country (and former colony) with which Britain wanted to sign a trade agreement, has repeatedly demanded the return of the diamond. Responding to front-page news last week that suggested Camilla might not wear the crown so as not to upset India, the British government said the problem was for Buckingham Palace. The palace declined to comment.

Unless the attention turns to outrage, we guess any announcement is unlikely until the coronation.

don’t forget we aforementioned love royal animal content? We meant it. Sarah Ferguson, ex-wife of Prince Andrew, Duke of York, shared a photo to celebrate her birthday (October 15). Muick and Sandy, Queen II. Corgis that belonged to Elizabeth. dogs now care for By a divorced couple sharing a house in Windsor.

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