The Crown Season 5 trailer released with disclaimer as Netflix show teases controversial Princess Diana interview

Netflix has finally added a disclaimer that The Crown is a 'fictionalized dramatization' of royal history in light of mounting criticism

The Crown Season 5 trailer has disclaimer and teases Princess Diana interview
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The Crown Season 5 trailer has officially been released, along with a disclaimer that the Netflix drama is a 'fictional dramatization' of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. 

The Crown Season 5 trailer has finally dropped, much to the delight of the royal series' devout fanbase. 

Netflix released the first preview of the fifth installment of its Emmy-awarding royal drama on Thursday, delivering an epic sneak-peak of what's in store for viewers once it premieres on November 9. 

Scenes of the Queen addressing Prince Charles' and Princess Diana's relationship breakdown and the growing pressure of his affair with Camilla feature in the 90-second Youtube clip, which has acquired over 2m views in the first 24 hours of being uploaded. 

A recreation of Princess Diana's interview with Martin Bashir is also included in the trailer for The Crown Season 5, with the US streamer promising to "show how Diana was treated" in the controversial BBC Panorama special. 

Princess Diana's painful experience in the Royal Family is set to take center stage in the upcoming season, with the character, played by Elizabeth Debicki, saying, "People will never understand how it’s been for me. I never stood a chance," halfway through the trailer. She also vows not to "go quietly", despite alleged backlash from other members of the Royal Family.  

The Crown

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Netflix has notably added a disclaimer to the trailer for The Crown Season 5, following criticism that some of its storylines blur the lines between fact and fiction. The US streaming platform had previously refused to include the warning but has seemingly had a change of heart in light of mounting pressure. Most recently, Judi Dench echoed Sir John Major's condemnation of the show, branding it as "crude sensationalism" and potentially "damaging" to the British monarchy. 

"While many will recognize The Crown for the brilliant but fictionalized account of events that it is, I fear that a significant number of viewers, particularly overseas, may take its version of history as being wholly true," the English actor wrote in a letter to the Times

In the information bar beneath its video, the show explains that while it is "inspired by real events", it is also a "fictional dramatization" of "the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign." 

Emma Dooney
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