‘The Crown’ is polishing the royal reputation: poll
Netflix’s spicy historical drama “The Crown” is polishing — not tarnishing — the royal family’s reputation, a new poll shows.
More than a third of the show’s viewers — 35% –told the polling firm Focaldata that their opinion of the British monarchy improved “a bit” or “a lot,” The Sunday Times of London reported.
And 42% didn’t feel any differently about the family, even after watching Season 4, released just last month. A few of the episodes detail Princess Diana’s loneliness and Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker Bowles. Charles and Camilla married in 2005.
However, 23% told pollsters that their impression worsened — 18% by “a bit” and 5% by “a lot.”
Those viewers seem to be the ones who the royals fear the most.
Charles and Camila’s official Twitter account turned off comments on a post about charity work after users replied with hateful jabs about the couple’s treatment of Diana.
As for the future king, 39% viewers still have the same opinion of him as they did before, while 34% think better of him.
The UK government wants the streaming service to remind viewers that the show is only loosely based on real-life events.
“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,” said Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden. “Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”
Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays Princess Margaret, agrees: “It is dramatized. 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.”