Emma Corrin has spoken about the controversy surrounding the most recent season of The Crown, saying that it’s ‘mad’ that some people want to label it as fiction.
The actress plays Princess Diana in season four of the Netflix drama, which has come under fire over its depictions of Royal Family members between 1977 and 1990.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden previously proposed for the TV series to air a warning message telling viewers that its content is fictitious, however, Netflix won’t be following suit.
Speaking to the Daily Beast, Emma said that calls for fiction warnings ‘does a disservice to creativity, and imagination, and screenwriting, and scriptwriting’.
The actress said: ‘The Crown is accurate insofar as it’s about a family over a period of time, and we have factual information about what happened to the country—and to the family.
‘So, you can write down all the facts as if it were a timeline, but all the substance is fictitious. We can know that Diana and Camilla [Duchess of Cornwall] went to a restaurant called Menage A Trois, which is hysterically ironic, but it happened, but we obviously don’t know what was said, so that is fiction. But that’s how a lot of series operates.’
She added: ‘It’s mad that they want to label it as “fiction” when you have Diana: In Her Own Words where she talks about everything, and it’s much more harrowing.’
The most controversial storylines of the latest series include the show’s portrayal of Princess Diana’s eating disorder as well as Charles’ affair with Camilla.
Other members of the cast have spoken about the issue of fiction warnings in the past.
Star Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles, has since branded the Culture Secretary’s calls as ‘outrageous’ and described the move as a ‘low blow’.
Helena Bonham Carter, however, agreed with the culture secretary’s calls for the show to come with warning messages, insisting that Netflix has a moral responsibility to distinguish truth from fiction.
The Crown is available to watch on Netflix
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