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Judi Dench calls for 'The Crown' to include a disclaimer before each episode

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Actress and Dame Judi Dench voice her concerns about the negative impact ‘The Crown’ has had on the royal family.

In a letter to UK broadcaster The Times, the Academy Award-winning actress accused the Netflix show of “vulgar sensationalism” and said the next season would “offer a false and hurtful account of history”.

He urged the broadcaster to add a disclaimer to the program.

PHOTO: Dame Judi Dench attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 20, 2019.

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Dame Judi Dench attends the RHS Chelsea Flower Show at the Chelsea Flower Show in London on May 20, 2019.

“While many would accept ‘The Crown’ as a brilliant but fictionalized account of events, I fear that a significant number of viewers, especially overseas, will accept their version of history as completely correct,” Dench said. Said. “Given some of the hurtful suggestions clearly made in the new series—for example, that King Charles planned the abdication of his mother, or that his mother once suggested that his parenting was so inadequate that he could deserve a jail sentence—both of which are brutally unfair to individuals and represent representation. It harms the institution they serve.”

Dench’s letter came amid comments from former Prime Minister Sir John Major about the upcoming season’s portrayal.

Earlier this week, the Major’s in 1991, Queen Elizabeth II. King George III, who was then the Prince of Wales, planned to overthrow Elizabeth. Another rumored scene shows Major and his wife Dame Norma Major talking contemptuously about the royal family.

A spokesman for the Major denied that these events ever occurred.

“Sir John has never collaborated with ‘The Crown’ in any way. The spokesperson said in a statement that he never approached them to verify any script material,” he said. A barrel of bullshit was sold for no other reason than to achieve maximum—and completely wrong—dramatic effect.”

The fifth season of “The Crown” will chronicle the modern history of the British royal family, all the way to Princess Diana’s untimely death in 1997 and beyond. In the upcoming season, the story will follow the royal family as they face questions from the public about their role in ’90s England, according to the series’ synopsis.

PHOTO: Elizabeth Debicki, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West appear in Season 5 of the show.


Elizabeth Debicki, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West star in season 5 of “The Crown”.

While the cast acknowledged the heavy content of the series, Dench said he wasn’t convinced, saying series creator Peter Morgan and his team have extensively researched and discussed the next chapter in the royal family’s story.

“No one believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but that is indisputable,” Dench wrote in his letter. “Despite making it clear this week that ‘The Crown’ has always been a ‘fictional drama’, the producers of the show have resisted all calls to carry a disclaimer at the beginning of each episode.”

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A scene from the movie “The Crown”.

“On behalf of a family and nation that has recently lost, it’s time for Netflix to rethink and protect its reputation in the eyes of a monarch who has served his people so well for 70 years,” he added.

Saray declined to comment on the new season of “The Crown”.

Netflix did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment on the new season and Dench’s call for disclaimer.

Season 5 of “The Crown” hits Netflix on November 9.