Judi Dench defends royal family, accuses Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ of ‘crude sensationalism’
Judi Dench has defended the monarchy, accused Netflix of “crude sensationalism” and criticised the BBC for what she called “insensitive treatment” of former royalist George VI.
The 70-year-old actor, who has become a staunch defender of the royal family since her appearance in last year’s film The Crown, said the institution had not changed and would stand up to changes in the public mood.
Her comments were made in the latest podcast for her radio show, The Dench Files, and were published in the Sunday Express. In the podcast she said: “I don’t think I can give a 100% but I think I can hold my hands up on some of the inaccuracies of the BBC coverage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Prince William and Kate Middleton.
“The public have got a right to know the truth and the truth is that they are both very, very decent people. When I hear the way the BBC described the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William and Kate Middleton to the extent that they didn’t like their pictures on their wedding cake, I think it’s crude sensationalism. I think the public have a right to know the truth and they ought to know the truth about the royal family.”
Asked by the broadcaster if she still considered the monarchy to be a good institution in Britain, she said: “I think it is and I do believe it is and I do believe it will stick with the country. And I think that’s the point I was making to the BBC and to a newspaper recently, and I’d give the BBC and the media to a million of them, but I would think that all the time the problem is the public aren’t being given the facts.
“And that’s what I said in The Crown about the media on the morning of the prince’s birth in April, and that’s what I think has happened with the Royal Family, the public don’t get the facts and I think that’s why you can get the Royal Family portrayed in a certain way. There