Actor Jonathan Pryce has said he is "hugely disappointed" by the reaction of his "fellow artistes" to the upcoming fifth series of The Crown.

Both Judi Dench and former British prime minister John Major have criticised reported storylines in the forthcoming episodes, which will launch on 9 November.

There have been calls for Netflix to add a disclaimer to the start of each episode, stating that The Crown is a "fictionalised drama".

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Speaking to US entertainment trade publication Deadline, Price, who plays Britain's Duke of Edinburgh in the new series, said he understood John Major "voicing his disquiet because he was there" but added: "I'm hugely disappointed by my fellow artistes."

He said "the vast majority of people know it's a drama", as "they've been watching it for four seasons".

Price also suggested public criticism of The Crown "came about because of an enhanced sensitivity because of the passing of the Queen".

Imelda Staunton as Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Phillip

Netflix added a disclaimer to the description of the latest trailer but stopped short of adding the message to the trailer itself.

It had already described the show as "fictionalised drama" in its press materials, on social media and on The Crown's landing page on its platform.

Lesley Manville, who plays Princess Margaret in the upcoming series, told the US publication the criticism was "certainly heightened" by the death of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II in September.

Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret

Imelda Staunton, who plays the late monarch, added: "In a way, it is understandable. It is understandable people still feel a bit... like their nerve endings are still a little bit raw."

In a letter to The London Times this month, Dench argued The Crown had begun to verge on "crude sensationalism".

Major is said to have described the forthcoming scenes, which will reportedly depict Britain's King Charles III, then the Prince of Wales, plotting to oust the Queen, as "malicious nonsense".

Olivia Williams as Camila Parker Bowles and Dominic West as Prince Charles

The series is expected to show Prince Charles, played by Dominic West, cutting short a holiday with Diana, Princess of Wales, portrayed by Elizabeth Debicki, to host a secret meeting with Major at Highgrove in 1991.

A spokesperson for The Crown previously said: "The Crown has always been presented as a drama based on historical events.

"Series five is a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family - one that has already been scrutinised and well-documented by journalists, biographers and historians."

Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales

Pictures were published in The Daily Mail on Thursday that reportedly show The Crown filming scenes of the lead-up to the car crash that killed Diana, Princess of Wales.

The streaming company previously said the sixth series will show the lead-up to the fatal incident as well as its aftermath, but not the crash itself, contrary to media reports.

The princess died along with Dodi Fayed and chauffeur Henri Paul in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris in August 1997.

Source: Press Association

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