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Helena Bonham Carter says The Crown has a ‘moral responsibility’

Anya Meyerowitz
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Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

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There has been much debate as of late about how much truth there is in The Crown, as many have been shocked and saddened by the portrayal of the late Princess Diana's life and relationship with Prince Charles. But is it fair to see it as an accurate depiction of events?

And now, actor Helena Bonham Carter — who plays Princess Margaret in the series — has weighed in on the debate over whether viewers should be warned that The Crown is 'fiction'.

She spoke about the controversy during an appearance on the official podcast for The Crown, where she pointed out that there is a distinction between 'our version' and the 'real version'.

She said: 'It is dramatised. I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, "Hang on guys, this is not … it’s not a drama-doc, we’re making a drama." So they are two different entities.'

Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

The 54-year-old went on to commend the show’s creator Peter Morgan for his extensive research, which she called 'amazing'. She added: 'That is the proper documentary. That is amazing and then Peter switches things up and juggles.'

Bonham Carter's comments follow only days after culture secretary Oliver Dowden said that he intends to write to Netflix to request that a 'health warning' be added to the beginning of each episode of The Crown to warn viewers that the show is 'fiction'.

Princess Diana’s younger brother Earl Spencer has also requested that the streaming platform include some kind of 'disclaimer' at the beginning of each episode, and Emma Corrin — who plays Princess Diana in the fourth series – has previously admitted that the series 'has its roots in reality and in some fact' but specified that 'Peter Morgan’s scripts are works of fiction'.

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