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.
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As for the future king, 39% viewers still have the same opinion of him as they did before, while 34% think better of him.
Only Prince Andrew, whose alleged penchant for pedophilia was finally explored in Season 4, had consistently negative ratings.
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.”