Helena Bonham Carter adds her voice to calls for Netflix’s The Crown to carry a fiction “warning”

The actress says “it’s our duty” to tell viewers the show is fiction

Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in Netflix's The Crown
(Image credit: Des Willie/Netflix )

Helena Bonham Carter has received praise from fans for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in Netflix’s The Crown.

Joining the cast in Season 4, Bonham Carter took over the role of the Queen’s sister from Vanessa Kirby. Yet now she has added her voice to those calling for the show to have some kind of “warning” for viewers letting them know it’s fictional. 

This comes after several other high-profile figures including Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer have revealed concerns that some viewers aren't separating the fact from the fiction. 

What has Helena Bonham Carter said about The Crown?

Speaking on The Crown: The Official Podcast, Helena Bonham Carter reportedly revealed her strong feelings about the matter of making the show’s fictional nature clear.

She said: “I do feel very strongly because I think we have a moral responsibility to say ‘Hang on, guys...this is not drama doc, we’re making a drama.” Bonham Carter then stressed: “They are different entities.”

The Crown’s star then suggested there must be a separation “between our version” and the "real version”. 

Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in The Crown

(Image credit: Des Willie/Netflix )

Who else has called for The Crown to have some kind of “warning”?

The 54-year-old acclaimed actor is not alone in believing there should be greater clarity for viewers between fact and fiction in the drama series.

Helena Bonham Carter’s statement seems to support the suggestion made by Princess Diana’s brother Earl Spencer that The Crown should have a “warning”.

During an appearance on ITV’s Lorraine show he said: "I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if – at the beginning of each episode – it stated that: 'This isn't true, but it is based around some real events'.

His concern is reportedly shared by Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden who is expected to make a formal request to Netflix that a "warning" making clear the fictional nature of the show is added in at the beginning of each episode.

Why are some people calling for The Crown to have a warning?

The concerns of Earl Spencer, Oliver Dowden and Helena Bonham Carter have been voiced amidst worries that viewers might take everything they see on The Crown as fact.

Earl Spencer revealed to Lorraine: “I worry people do think that this is gospel, and that's unfair.”

This certainly seems to be the case for some. Last week the official Clarence House twitter account turned off comments on recent posts after Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall was targeted by online trolls

They seem to have believed that the “affair” between Camilla and Prince Charles shown in The Crown actually happened.

The Royal Family themselves have never spoken out officially about The Crown. Though with more and more viewers questioning whether The Crown is accurate, it may be that Season 5 might end up carrying some kind of “warning” about it’s fictional nature after all.

The Crown Season 4 is available to stream on Netflix now.

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

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