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Helena Bonham Carter Speaks Out About 'The Crown's Fact Vs. Fiction Controversy

Helena Bonham Carter is weighing on the controversy surrounding The Crown.

Earlier this month, Princess Diana‘s brother, Earl Spencer, called out the program after seeing the depiction of his sister on the Netflix show.

British politician Oliver Dowden, who serves as the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, also spoke out about the hit show, and urged Netflix to put a disclaimer before episodes of The Crown to tell viewers that the series is a fictionalization and they should not take the show for absolute truth.

“It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that,” Mr. Dowden shared in a recent interview. “Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”

Helena, who played Princess Margaret in seasons three and four, is now speaking out and supporting the concerns.

“It is dramatized,” she stated. “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.”

Helena did add though that the research that series creator Peter Morgan does before each season is impressive.

“That is amazing, and then Peter switches things up and juggles,” she adds.

The bulk of season four concentrated on Prince Charles and Princess Diana, as well as Charles’ alleged affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

This isn’t the first time the show has been called out by someone. Find out what happened just last month…

Widower Calls Out 'The Crown' for Depicting Her Husband's Tragic Death in Season 4

Spoilers ahead. Sarah Horsley, the widow of Major Hugh Lindsay, is calling out Netflix‘s The Crown for the portrayal of her husband’s death in season four of the show.

In 1988, Major Lindsay was killed by an avalanche while skiing with Prince Charles in Klosters, Switzerland. In episode nine of the show, you can see the avalanche, but you do not actually see the death of the Major.

“I was horrified when I was told [the episode] was happening and was very concerned about the impact on my daughter,” Sarah told the Sunday Telegraph. “I’m very upset by it and I’m dreading people seeing it.

“I wrote to them asking them not to do it, not to use the accident,” she added. “I suppose members of the Royal family have to grin and bear it, but for me it’s a very private tragedy.”

She added that she received “a very kind letter” from producers saying “that they understood my concerns but they hope I will feel that they deal with difficult subject matters with integrity and great sensitivity”.

She did add, “I think it’s very unkind to many members of the family.”

Producers did opt to keep this major royal moment out of the season.

This British Royal Family Member Admits to Watching 'The Crown'!

One member of the royal family has admitted to watching The Crown!

Mike Tindall, who is married to Queen Elizabeth‘s granddaughter Zara, has admitted he needs to catch up on season three.

“I need to catch up,” Mike said on The Good, The Bad, and the Rugby podcast. “I actually saw the advert for it and I was like, ‘Ooh, I need to catch up.’ Because I only got about halfway through season three, so I started watching season three last night and then I’ll catch up. But I’ve seen it all over the place, and on these popular midday TV shows.”

“I’m quite intrigued to see where they go with it because obviously, it’s an era people are fascinated with,” he said. “It’s getting to more things that people know about, isn’t it, and have opinions about — so that’s where it gets difficult.”

He did remind everyone that it IS fiction, saying, “It’s a drama, so it’s going to be made to be a bit of a drama.”

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The Crown's Emma Corrin Talks Possibility of Meeting Princes William & Harry One Day

Emma Corrin is the breakout star of The Crown season four thanks to her work as the late Princess Diana.

In a new interview with GQ Hype, the 24-year-old actress was asked what she thinks Diana‘s sons Prince William and Prince Harry will think of the show.

“I can’t imagine,” Emma told the mag. “I’d be interested to know what they think,”

Emma has no interest in meeting the royals though. She said, “If I ever saw them at a party, I’d probably leave!”

Sadly, we’ll only get to see Emma in the one season of the series. “It’s a shame,” she said about her brief appearance. “I’m sad about it. But I’ve moved on…”

In another interview, Emma revealed why she had to be hospitalized while filming The Crown.

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Josh O'Connor Doesn't Believe Prince Charles is the Villian of 'The Crown' Season Four

Josh O’Connor is talking about the new season of The Crown.

During a new interview, the 30-year-old actor – who plays Prince Charles – explained why he doesn’t believe that Charles is the villain of season four.

My job is to resist that in some ways,” Josh shared with Entertainment Weekly. “My Dad was an English teacher and I grew up learning Shakespeare through him. One of the things that he used to say about all Shakespeare’s villains was that, whether it’s Richard III or Iago, they don’t believe themselves to be villains. They believe that what they are doing, their life’s work, is for the greater good and it makes sense to them.”

“So, just as with the Shakespeare villains, I didn’t want to play the character of Charles as a villain. I don’t think he is,” Josh explained. “I think he is someone who is very lost, as we see in season 3. He’s the same person as in season 3. He needs something from Diana that she can’t offer him, just as she needs from him something that he can’t offer her. So, it’s a tragedy really. Yeah, I was really conscious not to play the ending as it were.”

Find out who is in talks to replace Josh as Prince Charles in the final two seasons of The Crown.

Season four of The Crown is available for streaming on Netflix now.

Charles & Diana's Royal Wedding Will Not Be Part Of 'The Crown' Season Four

Many fans of The Crown are looking to watch one big thing in the new season, which is premiering on Netflix this weekend – the royal wedding!

However, it looks like you won’t get to see the actual wedding.

Stars Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor, who play Princess Diana and Prince Charles in the series, revealed just why the actual wedding was not filmed and won’t be shown.

“We never re-create things just for the sake of re-creating them,” Emma stated in a new interview with THR. “I think if we do re-create a scene — like the engagement scene, for instance, when they do the announcement — it has to be because it’s linked to something that the characters are going through. It has to be part of the story. It has to further the plot.

Emma added that the real wedding is actually available to watch online anyhow.

“You could be watching it in 10 seconds so I don’t think there’d be any point in us re-creating it.”

Josh adds, “That’s The Crown for you. That’s why The Crown is so good. Peter Morgan isn’t interested in showing you the wedding because, yeah, Emma’s right, you just go on YouTube and you can watch it.”

“I think all the historical events are important for punctuating so that the audience know where we are,” he explained. “He’ll put in Thatcher’s election, and that’s literally just to tell the audience, ‘Right, this is where we are,’ rather than putting up on the screen ’20th of December 1981,’ or whatever. He basically signposts it using historical events. But what’s more interesting, because Charles and Diana have to be a certain way on their wedding day, you don’t see the nuance; whereas when it’s behind closed doors, [like] the rehearsal, we have more license to create and fictionalize.”

The Crown season four premieres on Sunday, November 15.

If you missed it, see what the stars did for their lockdown premiere earlier this week!

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The Cast of 'The Crown' Staged Their Own Premiere For Season Four From Their Homes

With London currently in lockdown, the cast of The Crown missed out on a physical premiere for the new season of the hit Netflix show.

However, lockdown didn’t stop them from celebrating the new season of the show.

Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter, Josh O’Connor, Emerald Fennell, Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson were all sent a red carpet and The Crown backdrop and snapped their own pics in their kitchens, and living rooms and even included their pets!

Series creator Peter Morgan, executive producer Suzanne Mackie, Tobias Menzies, Erin Doherty, and Marion Bailey also joined in on the panel, where they opened up about the new season, which premieres on Sunday, November 15.

Guests for the “premiere” also got a first look at the first two episodes of season four, before enjoying a Q&A with the cast.

Just recently, Emma opened up about the storyline she made sure was included in the show. See what it was here…

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