The Crown’s dramatized storylines have sparked outrage and calls for disclaimers. Some commentators have expressed concern about its airing just two months after Elizabeth’s death and the potential impact on her son Charles’ reign.
The Crown’s new cast debuted the upcoming season of the hit Netflix series on Tuesday, insisting that viewers understand it’s a drama and doesn’t need a disclaimer for its fictionalized storylines. The award-winning show, which follows Britain’s Queen Elizabeth’s reign, returns for a fifth season on Wednesday, portraying the royals in the 1990s, when they faced marital squabbles, public dissent, and a fire at Windsor Castle.
Its dramatized storylines have drawn criticism and calls for disclaimers. Some commentators have expressed concern about its airing just two months after Elizabeth’s death and the potential impact on her son Charles’ reign.
The Crown is a “fictional dramatization” inspired by true events, according to Netflix. “Everyone has watched The Crown for four seasons, it hasn’t bothered them before,” said Imelda Staunton, who plays Elizabeth in season five.
“I believe that just spending time with these people again will bring comfort to the audience.”
When Elizabeth died, Staunton was filming Season Six. “I was inconsolable that night, which surprised me…” ‘Well, I’ve been living with her so closely for two and a half years,’ I reasoned… It was so moving to see people lining up to see her.”
New plotlines include Charles’ divorce from the late Princess Diana and intimate conversations with his new wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles. “It was not only the prime of his life, but it was also, in many ways, the most difficult time of his life,” actor Dominic West, who plays Charles, said.
“I felt enormous empathy and sympathy for him, which was one of the challenges and joys of playing him… I don’t think it’s flattering, but I think it’s fair.” “It was a very difficult time for her, and I wanted to do justice to that,” Olivia Williams, who plays Camilla, said.
Season five received mixed reviews from critics, with the majority praising actor Elizabeth Debicki’s portrayal of Diana. “When you join The Crown… there’s an enormous amount of archival footage available to you,” she said of her preparation for the role.