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Diana’s death to be depicted onscreen

Hit Netflix show The Crown is a facing YET ANOTHER new controversy!
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Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has been spotted filming scenes for the sixth season of Netflix smash hit drama The Crown in Barcelona, which is standing in as Paris for the show. 

Taking over from actress Emma Corrin (who goes by they/them pronouns), Debicki is set to portray Diana, Princess of Wales in the final two seasons of the award-winning drama.

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Controversially, the actress was photographed wearing an almost replica outfit to the one that Diana wore in the moments before she was killed in a car crash on August 31, 1997, in a tragedy that shook the world. 

Producers have attempted to quell outraged fans and royal stans, insisting that whilst Diana’s final moments will be depicted, her death will occur off-screen. 

Asked by EW about concerns that Diana’s death will not be sensitively handled on the show, Debicki responded, “Well, I don’t really know about those concerns,” before going on to say that creator Peter Morgan “handled” all of the show’s storylines in a “deeply caring way”. 

“I’ll say that Peter and the entire crew of this job do their utmost to really handle everything with such sensitivity and truth and complexity, as do actors,” she said. 

“The amount of research and care and conversations and dialogue that happen over, from a viewer’s perspective, something probably that you would never ever notice is just immense. From that very first meeting [with] Peter, I knew that I’d entered into this space where this was taken seriously [in] a deeply caring way. So that’s my experience of the show.”

Debicki was also seen filming alongside Khalid Abdalla, who plays Dodi Al Fayed and was rumored to be dating Diana at the time of their deaths in the Pont D’Alma tunnel in Paris. 

Debicki pictured in Barcelona filming season six of The Crown in a similar outfit to that which Diana wore in her final moments.
Debicki pictured in Barcelona filming season six of The Crown in a similar outfit to that which Diana wore in her final moments. (Credit: Getty)

The news comes only a week after the first trailer for season 5 of The Crown was released, including a fictional disclaimer for the first time, citing that whilst the show was “inspired by real events” it was at its core a “fictional dramatization”. 

This, we can comfortably assume was implemented after Dame Judi Dench, 87, became the public face of unhappy monarchists everywhere, publishing a scathing letter to The Times, asking for the message to be included ahead of every episode as a “mark of respect” to the late Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II

The show is “pure sensationalism”, Dench wrote. 

“While many may recognize The Crown for the brilliant but fictionalized account of events that it is, I fear that a significant number of viewers, particularly overseas, may take its version of history as being wholly true.”

“Given some of the wounding suggestions apparently contained in the new series, this is both cruelly unjust to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent.”

It is worth noting that the actress is a close friend of Camilla, Queen Consort.

Dame Judi Dench is close personal friends with Queen Consort, Camilla.
Dame Judi Dench is close personal friends with Queen Consort, Camilla (Credit: Getty)

A brand new disclaimer currently reads: “Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign”. 

In the trailer, the royal family is portrayed as being at “breaking point” as the breakdown of Charles and Dianna’s toxic relationship (or lack thereof) reaches a crescendo and scandal threatens to bring down the monarchy.

Season 5 of The Crown will premiere on Netflix on November 9.

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