The Crown ‘should not carry a fiction warning’, say Mirror readers

Readers of The Mirror have voted that The Crown should not carry a fiction warning at the start of every episode.

Some critics and royal commentators have argued that the Netflix royal drama should carry a disclaimer at the start of each episode to make clear that the series is a fictional drama, which the streaming giant has rejected.

However, in a recent survey conducted by The Mirror into audience views on the drama’s fourth reason, the majority were also against such a warning.

56% voted ‘No’ to the question ‘Should The Crown carry a fiction warning at the start of every episode?’, while 38% answered ‘Yes’ and 6% answered ‘Don’t Know’.

Elsewhere, 80% of respondents said that the series did not change their view of the Royal Family, compared to 20% who said it did.

Mirror readers have had their say on The Crown season 4

Meanwhile, 49% of respondents also said they did not trust The Crown to give an accurate portrayal of historical events, as 38% said they did trust the show to be accurate and 12% said they ‘Don’t Know’.

As some suggested the series has been damaging to the Royal Family, Mirror readers were not quite so convinced.

55% of respondents said they did not think The Crown had damaged the Royal Family’s image, while 37% felt it had and 8% were uncertain.

A lightning rod for debate following the release of the drama’s fourth run was its portrayal of Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and her love triangle with husband Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell).

Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles in The Crown

Emerald Fennell as Prince Charles’ lover Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown season 4

69% of respondents were pleased with The Crown’s portrayal of Princess Diana, 26% were not pleased with her portrayal, while 4% ‘Don’t Know’.

Those answering the survey were more mixed on the drama’s portrayal of Prince Charles and Camilla.

50% said the drama was not a negative portrayal of Charles and Camilla, while 46% said it was a negative portrayal, while 4% answered that they ‘Don’t Know’.

In terms of the much-publicised handling of Princess Diana’s bulimia on the drama, 73% felt this was handled sensitively, while 21% said it was not, and 6% said they were undecided.

Graphic scenes of Princess Diana struggling with an eating disorder are featured in the show and were deemed sensitive by Mirror readers

Gillian Anderson plays Margaret Thatcher in The Crown and was named the runner-up for ‘star of season 4’

Voting on their favourite stars of season 4, the winner was Emma Corrin as Princess Diana at 26%, followed by Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher in second place at 22%, Olivia Colman as The Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in joint-third place at 13% each, as Erin Doherty as Princess Anne scored 9% in fourth place, while 17% voted for ‘Other’ cast members outside of the main cast.

Mirror readers were also asked: “Overall, do you think The Crown was too harsh in its portrayal of how The Queen and other royals treated Princess Diana?”

The majority of Mirror readers were pleased with The Crown’s portrayal of Princess Diana (Emma Corrin)

62% of respondents answered ‘No’, while 31% answered ‘Yes’, and 7% said that they ‘Don’t Know’.

On average, the Mirror readers’ rating for season 4 was at 3.8 out of 5 stars, with the majority at 47% giving the run of episodes the full 5 stars.

It appears that Mirror readers, on the whole, agree with cast members and Netflix that the series does not need a disclaimer.

Regardless, the debate is still likely to rage on, especially with two more seasons on the way.

The Crown season 4 is available now on Netflix.

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