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Prince Charles’ friend Alan Titchmarsh criticises The Crown for ‘playing with people’s lives’

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Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor as Princess Diana and Prince Charles in The Crown and Alan Titchmarsh
Alan Titchmarsh comments on ‘conjecture’ in most recent season of The Crown (Picture: Netflix/Getty)

Broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh, a friend of the Prince of Wales, has spoken out against historical drama The Crown, accusing it of ‘playing with people’s lives’.

Alan, 71, admitted that he has only watched the first two seasons of The Crown, starring Claire Foy as the younger Queen Elizabeth II.

Nonetheless, he stated that a lot of the content in the most recent series, which features Olivia Colman as the monarch and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, is ‘conjecture’.

Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, he said: ‘I watched the first two series, which were sufficiently distant historically to be interesting.

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‘Now we are getting much closer to the present day and so much of it is conjecture.’

The gardener said that when the events depicted in the fourth season occurred, ‘we weren’t behind those closed doors when things were going on’.

Camilla, Alan Titchmarsh and Prince Charles
The Duchess of Cornwall, Alan Titchmarsh and the Prince of Wales tour the Ventnor Botanic Garden on July 17 2009 (Picture: Indigo/Getty Images)
Olivia Colman in The Crown
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown (Picture: Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix via AP)

‘To say, “Oh, it’s a drama” – I think it is playing with people’s lives,’ he added.

‘Whether it’s the Prince of Wales or whether it is you or me. If somebody made a drama about we three and our private lives and they just made it up and said, “Well, it’s a drama really.”

‘You are using real people. Whoever they are, I don’t think it is a good idea. That’s just me.’

In November last year, culture secretary Oliver Dowden called for Netflix to include a disclaimer for viewers of The Crown stating that it is a ‘work of fiction’.

Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown
Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana during the engagement photocall scene (Picture: Des Willie/Netflix)

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, he said: ‘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.

‘Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.’

Netflix later said it had ‘no plans’ to adhere to the request of a fiction disclaimer on The Crown episodes.

The streaming company stated: ‘We have always presented The Crown as a drama – and we have every confidence our members understand it’s a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.

‘As a result we have no plans – and see no need – to add a disclaimer.’

The Crown is available to watch on Netflix.

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