Original post: The latest season of The Crown has been the drama's most controversial yet. The fourth season, which covers, among other things, the early years of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's tumultuous relationship, has been slammed by critics who say it's an unfair and oftentimes misleading portrayal of the real people and events depicted. In fact, some—including the U.K. government's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden—have called for Netflix to add a disclaimer to the series, emphasising that it's a work of fiction and not a faithful account of history.
Josh O'Connor, who played Prince Charles in The Crown's third and fourth seasons, is firmly in the opposite camp, however.
"We were slightly let down by our culture secretary, whose job it is to encourage culture," O'Connor said during an interview with the Los Angeles Times for The Envelope: The Podcast. "In my opinion, it's pretty outrageous that he came out and said what he said. Particularly, in this time when he knows that the arts are struggling and they're on their knees, I think it's a bit of a low blow."
"My personal view is that audiences understand," he explained. "You have to show them the respect and understand that they're intelligent enough to see it for what it is, which is pure fiction."
This article originally appeared on marie claire U.K.