Mr Dowden has expressed concern over the hit Netflix series that depicts the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. The fourth season of The Crown, released earlier this month, has sparked outrage for its portrayal of Prince Charles’ relationship with Princess Diana.
“Without it, I fear that a generation of viewers who have not experienced these events will take fiction for fact.”
The Culture Secretary was going to write to Netflix to issue a formal request to add what some have called a “health warning” at the start of each episode.
It comes amid growing concern among royal commentators that the hit show, created by Peter Morgan, will cause lasting damage to the Royal Family.
“They were drawn into the early series until they couldn’t see how they’re being handled.
“It’s very sophisticated propaganda. “
The fourth series of The Crown describes Princess Diana’s eating disorder and Prince Charles’ alleged affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
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He added, “I’m afraid people will think this is the gospel and that it is unfair.”
Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana in The Crown, admitted that the series is “romanticized to a large extent.”
Speaking to the Tamron Hall Show, she said, “I think for everyone in The Crown we always try to remind everyone that what we are, the show we’re in, is in a big way. romanticized measure.
“Obviously it has its roots in reality and in certain facts, but Peter Morgan’s scripts are works of fiction. “
“And even with Diana, it’s still very fresh, I guess, everything that happened. So I really understand if people would be upset. ”
Mr Dowden is reportedly facing pressure to block a ‘loophole’ which forces UK viewers wishing to file a complaint against The Crown to go to the Dutch TV regulator instead.
Indeed, Netflix Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) is based in the Netherlands.
The creator of the Crown, writer Peter Morgan, admitted that some scenes on the show were “made up in my head.”
However, he argued that they reflected emotions that really existed within the family during this time.