Judi Dench Condemns The Crown as “Cruelly Unjust” Ahead of Season Five Premiere

Once royal, always royal. In an outspoken comment for the Times, lady Judi Densch accused The crown of “gross sensationalism” in portraying the royal family and called Netflix’s Emmy-winning drama series “cruelly unfair”.

Dench’s comment comes ahead of the season five premiere of The crown which follows the decay of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Although the series will reportedly not feature the fatal accident that ended Diana’s life, Season 5 has already made controversial headlines. Sir John Majorformer British Prime Minister, called the series a “barrel load of nonsense” after it was revealed that the first episode of season five contains a fictional scene in which the Prince of Wales Major proposes a plan to get his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, to abdicate .

“Sir John Major is not alone in his concern that the latest series of The crown will present an inaccurate and hurtful account of history,” Dench wrote, supporting Major with her voice. “Given some of the hurtful insinuations that appear to be contained in the new series – that King Charles was planning his mother’s abdication, for example, or once claimed that his mother’s upbringing was so flawed that she might have deserved a prison sentence – both are cruelly unfair to the individuals and detrimental to the institution they represent.”

Dench is no stranger to the royal family, whether on screen or off. She has played two queens on screen – Elizabeth I Shakespeare in love (1998), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Victoria in both Mrs Brown (1997) and Viktoria & Abdel (2017). Off-screen, too, Dench has risen through the ranks of royalty over the course of her six-decade career. Originally from Heworth, York, UK, Dench was knighted in 1970, made a Dame in 1988 and Companion of Honor to the late Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. She is also known as a friend of the Queen Consort Kamilawho visited the Queen’s residence on the Isle of Wight with Camilla in 2018.

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“No one believes in artistic freedom more than I do, but that cannot go unchallenged,” Dench wrote. “Although he said so publicly this week The crown has always been a ‘fictionalized drama’, the program makers have resisted all calls for a disclaimer to be used at the beginning of each episode.”

Dench claims she wasn’t pressured into writing her letter, and concludes her op-ed by writing to Netflix, urging the streaming platform to “reconsider.” The crown while invoking the memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II. “It’s time Netflix reconsidered — for the sake of a recently mourning family and a nation, as a mark of respect for a sovereign who has so dutifully served her people for 70 years, and for hers.” own reputation in the eyes of their UK subscribers,” she writes.

In the past, The crown Creator, Pete MorganShe called the series “a love letter” to Queen Elizabeth II and suspended filming in September out of respect for her death. In response, Netflix said: “The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events. The fifth series is a fictional dramatization that imagines what might have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family – one that has been extensively investigated and well documented by journalists, biographers and historians.

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