The Crown sparks outrage with plans to recreate Princess Diana's death in Paris

Publish Date
Monday, 17 October 2022, 5:32PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

After a two-year wait, season five of The Crown is finally set to drop next month and will follow the events of the royal family from 1992 to 1997.

While episodes will reportedly take an in-depth look at the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage, the royal drama has sparked outrage with its plans to recreate the late People's Princess' final tragic moments in Paris.

According to The Sun, the show - which currently stars Aussie actress Elizabeth Debicki as Diana - has sparked a backlash from crew members who fear "a line has been crossed," while also being insensitive so soon after the Queen's death.

A source from The Crown said: "To be going back to Paris and turning Diana's final days and hours into a drama feels very uncomfortable. Finally, some of the crew members are pushing back on the ideas being tabled.

"The show always tried to present a fictional version of royal history with as much sensitivity as possible. But lately, as things get closer to the present day, it feels harder to strike that balance."

Scenes will focus on Diana's final trip to Paris in 1997 and cover the days and hours before and after the fatal car crash in the Alma tunnel.

A spokesman for Netflix told The Sun: "The exact moment of the crash impact will not be shown."

However, Prince William is said to have been saddened by Netflix's decision to use his mother's death in the latest series.

A source close to the Prince told The Telegraph UK he had made his feelings about it "very clear" and that a fictional depiction would be "met in the way you would expect".

They added that it's easy to understand why he would be angered about the "dramatisation of it for financial gain."

Though season 5 was initially intended to be the series' curtain call, creators changed their minds and promised that the historical drama will continue to rule Netflix queues for a sixth and final season.

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