Judi Dench Defends Royal Family, Accuses Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Of ‘Crude Sensationalism’

TOPSHOT - Britain's King Charles III and Britain's Camilla, Queen Consort greet the crowd upon their arrival Buckingham Palace in London, on September 9, 2022, a day after Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96. - Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history and an icon instantly recognisable to billions of people around the world, died at her Scottish Highland retreat on September 8. (Photo by Daniel LEAL / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

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  • Dame Judi Dench this week accused the Netflix drama “The Crown” of “crude sensationalism” and of being “cruelly unjust” in its depictions of the British royal family.
  • Dench mainly took exception to the show’s latest season depicting the 1990s with a plotline in which then-Prince Charles tries to force the queen to abdicate.
  • She said the latest season of the show is an “inaccurate and hurtful account of history… Indeed, the closer the drama comes to our present times, the more freely it seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism.”

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