The brand new season of the smash hit present, which arrived final month, has attracted some criticism for apparently not doing sufficient to make sure viewers know it’s a work of fiction.
Now Mr O’Connor has defended The Crown, accusing Mr Dowden of dealing a “low blow”.
Earlier seasons of the present haven’t confronted the identical requires the separation between truth and fiction to be clearly outlined.
He instructed the LA Instances’ The Envelope podcast: “We have been barely let down by our Tradition Secretary, whose job it’s to encourage tradition.
“In my view, it’s fairly outrageous that he got here out and stated what he stated. Notably on this time when he is aware of that the humanities are struggling and so they’re on their knees, I feel it’s a little bit of a low blow.”
Mr O’Connor, who has earned essential popularity of his portrayal of a younger Charles, stated viewers are conscious The Crown is a piece of fiction.
“My private view is that audiences perceive,” he stated. “It’s a must to present them the respect and perceive that they’re clever sufficient to see it for what it’s, which is pure fiction.”
Earlier this week, Netflix stated it had “no plans – and sees no want” so as to add a disclaimer.
In an interview recorded for The Crown’s official podcast after filming on season 4 completed earlier this yr, Ms Bonham Carter mentioned the variations between “our model” and the “actual model”.
Peter Morgan, who created The Crown, had beforehand appeared on the present’s official podcast to defend his proper to artistic licence.
Nevertheless Earl Spencer, Diana’s brother, has indicated his assist for a disclaimer being added.