‘The Crown’ will shoot scenes leading up to Princess Diana’s death in Paris

The Crown’s Season 5 comes out in less than a month. I’m so excited!! Season 5 deals with the John Major years – he was prime minister from 1990 through May 1997, when Tony Blair became the first Labour PM in eighteen years. I’m being specific about the history because The Crown will be specific about the history – Season 5 will not include any part of Princess Diana’s death in late August 1997. That will be covered in Season 6, the Tony Blair years. The Crown is currently filming Season 6, and I believe Spain is standing in for the South of France (as in, Diana’s final summer). Apparently, The Crown hasn’t shot anything about Diana-in-Paris yet, but sources close to the production emphasize that it will all be handled respectfully.

The producers behind hit Netflix series “The Crown” are preparing to shoot the scenes leading up to Princess Diana’s death, Variety understands, which is causing some anxiety among the cast and crew.

The scenes are due to be shot in the next two weeks with Elizabeth Debicki playing Diana. A source says there is a strong desire within the production team “to get it right and handle [it] sensitively.”

Not only are Diana’s sons, Princes Wiliam and Harry, still alive and continuing to grieve but the British royal, dubbed “the People’s Princess” by former Prime Minister Tony Blair, continues to hold a special place in the public’s hearts some 25 years after she died in a Paris car crash at the age of 36.

Although it is understood that makers of “The Crown” do not plan to show the moment of the crash, they will portray scenes leading up to it and its aftermath. As Variety revealed last year, Khalid Abdalla has been cast as Dodi while Mohamed Al-Fayed will be portrayed by both Salim Daw and Amir El-Masry. El-Masry will play a younger Al-Fayed, presumably in flashback sequences.

[From Variety]

“Which is causing some anxiety among the cast and crew…” I wonder if Peter Morgan and the producers are concerned that they’re going to have a revolt on the set over what is depicted. Remember that Morgan also wrote The Queen, which dealt with the actual “death in Paris” pretty respectfully. I’m curious if they’ll show some of the stuff before Dodi and Diana even got into the car, like some of the sh-t that went down at the Paris Ritz, where reportedly Diana was so frustrated with Dodi’s behavior that she sat in the lobby and cried. Anyway, just a reminder that Season 6 will be a huge bummer.

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  1. Becks1 says:

    Yikes, I can’t imagine the stress of trying to film that day, leading up to her getting in the car.

    I’ve thought the Crown would end with Diana getting in the car, or the car driving away, or something. then when we found out about S6 I thought it would end with either the QM’s death or QEII’s golden jubilee (bc that would provide a nice bookend of sorts, with the QE 50 years on the throne, and the deaths of the QM and Margaret, who are such key characters in the show.)

    But now I think it would be hard to have the death halfway through the season and then pivot to the QM’s death etc. So I don’t know, I guess we’ll find out.

    • Alice says:

      So if Season 5 is the “John Major Years” and Season 6 are the “Tony Blair years” than season six will end in 2007. That’s about five years after the death of Margaret and the Queen Mother.

      Season Six should start with Diana’s last days/deaths, Margaret and the QM should die halfway through, and 2007 takes us up to Harry in the Army and William out of college and in the midst of the first breakup with Kate.

      • Becks1 says:

        that makes sense because we know they’ve been casting someone to play Kate. People assumed that meant that it would come up to the present but ending in 2007 makes a lot more sense, we would meet kate but she wouldn’t be a huge figure. Okay now I bet it ends with Charles and Camilla getting married.

      • bettyrose says:

        If your timeline is accurate, there’s no way they can end the series with 6 as originally planned. I don’t think they anticipated how much the show would keep writing itself as the seasons were rolling out (plus the long delay in production due to the pandemic). I can’t believe they aren’t scripting through QE2’s passing at this point.

  2. C-Shell says:

    I can well imagine there’s anxiety among the cast and crew in depicting Diana’s final moments. I get stressed just thinking about it. That doesn’t mean, however, that they’ll balk at including that part in the series. I trust Morgan to handle it appropriately.

  3. Bettyrose says:

    I def thought that was all coming in season 5. Sounds like season 5 is leaving plenty of space to develop Diana’s story. And more power to them giving her storyline a real plot.

    • Noki says:

      I was wondering how quick their turn around from filming to editing must be if they were still filming a season that comes out next month. I guess it makes sense these location shots are for season 6.

  4. Amy Bee says:

    You know the British press will be ready to pounce on this if they get it wrong. But given that Peter Morgan has been through this already with the movie the Queen, I think he will get it right.

  5. E.A says:

    At the end of the day really sad peoples lives are just mere entertainment, we should be greatful for our “normal” boring lives

  6. L4Frimaire says:

    Don’t see the point of rehashing the material from his movie The Queen. Why go there again. They should end the series like the Sopranos where the screen goes dark.

  7. Dee says:

    They should have cast someone with Diana’s warm features. This lady is too reedy and her eyes are flinty. They used makeup to chisel Corrin’s jaw to get that Diana look, but makeup isn’t as good at softening festures, so I’m worried this season will be jarring in how not like the people they’re depicting both Debicki and Dominic look

    • Duch says:

      I don’t know about that, but I’m very impressed with the hair. Every depiction up until now just can’t get the fluffiness of the hair. This time they nailed it.