The Crown Princess Diana star Elizabeth Debicki says show is clearly fictional

The Crown actress Elizabeth Debicki has said that the Netflix show is "clearly fictional" as the debate around how factual it is wages on.

Australian actress Elizabeth, 32, took over the role of Diana, Princess of Wales for the show's fifth season after Emma Corrin portrayed the late royal in season four.

As the release of the fifth season approaches, there have been frequent conversations around The Crown and whether or not it is factually correct.

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It tells the story of the late Queen Elizabeth II, with the more recent seasons getting closer to catching up with the modern day.

The debate about the show is one that also includes its cast, as Elizabeth has had her say and made it clear where she stands.

She said she "doesn't really" feel defensive about it, adding to The Guardian: "I understand what the show is, and what it's trying to do. I also understand the reaction to it.

"I think this is a period of time that's been told many times over and will continue to be told, and I know the degree of care and respect people enter into these stories with."

The actress explained that, for her, the show is a drama which takes inspiration from real life events.

She added: "I mean, it is clearly fictional. I feel like the audiences know that, playing parts.

"I never watched The Crown and thought, this is a documentary, or this is obviously true."

Despite Elizabeth's belief that fans understand the real life events are fictionalised, there was still a call to add a disclaimer.

It was recently confirmed that the show's fifth season would include a disclaimer making it clear that The Crown is a "fictional dramatisation".

The change came after Dame Judi Dench shared her concern that “a significant number of viewers, particularly overseas, may take its version of history as being wholly true” while writing for The Times.

She added: “Given some of the wounding suggestions apparently contained in the new series – that King Charles plotted for his mother to abdicate, for example, or once suggested his mother’s parenting was so deficient that she might have deserved a jail sentence – this is both cruelly unjust to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent.”

The Crown is available to stream on Netflix

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