Netflix has 'no plans' to warn viewers The Crown is fictitious, despite calls from UK Culture Secretary

Global streaming service Netflix will not warn audiences its popular drama The Crown is fictitious, despite calls for a disclaimer on the series.

The UK's Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden requested Netflix add a "health warning" to the beginning of episodes so younger viewers who may not remember the trials and tribulations of the royal family can be aware the series is not a documentary. 

"It's a beautifully produced work of fiction so as with other TV predictions Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that," he told the Mail on Sunday.

But in a statement, the streaming service said it has always represented the TV show as a drama.

"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's most recent season chronicles the late 1970s and 80s, including the ill-fated marriage between Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles and his extramarital affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.

Earl Spencer, the brother of the late Diana Princess of Wales, has previously said he thinks a disclaimer would help, lest some viewers take the story "as gospel".

"I think it would help The Crown an enormous amount if, at the beginning of each episode, it stated that: 'This isn't true but it is based around some real events'," he said.