Alan Titchmarsh has criticised The Crown for "playing with people's lives" and admits he had only watched the first two series of the royal Netflix drama before deciding to stop.

The broadcaster and gardener claimed the recent fourth series, which has attracted criticism for allegedly not doing enough to ensure viewers know it is a work of fiction, consisted largely of "conjecture".

Released late last year, it features Diana, Princess of Wales (Emma Corrin) and dramatises her relationship with Charles (Josh O’Connor).

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Speaking to Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain, Titchmarsh said: "I watched the first two series, which were sufficiently distant historically to be interesting. Now we are getting much closer to the present day and so much of it is conjecture.

"We weren’t behind those closed doors when things were going on. To say, 'Oh, it’s a drama’ – I think it is playing with people’s lives.

"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."

Netflix recently said it has "no plans and sees no need" to add a disclaimer to The Crown to explain it is a work of fiction.

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