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Princess Diana's Death: Behind the Scenes of 'The Crown'

Princess Diana's Death: Behind the Scenes of 'The Crown'
Published 11 months ago on Aug 24, 2023

Amid expectations that this moment could be the show's most controversial, the producers have emphasized their commitment to handling the topic with care and respect.

As anticipation mounts for what could be the most controversial moment of "The Crown," producers have underscored their dedication to approaching the topic with sensitivity and respect.

At the Edinburgh TV Festival, executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie discussed the meticulous approach taken by Left Bank Pictures and Netflix in depicting Princess Diana's fatal accident in Paris. Scheduled to unfold in the early episodes of the upcoming season, the scenes were captured over a two-week period in October of the previous year, evoking behind-the-scenes tension.

Mackie emphasized, "The show might be big and noisy, but we’re not. We’re thoughtful people and we’re sensitive people. There were very careful, long conversations about how we were going to do it." She lauded actress Elizabeth Debicki's conscientious portrayal of Diana, expressing hope that their reverence for Diana's memory shines through in the depiction.

The production of this pivotal episode attracted considerable media scrutiny, particularly with Prince William and Prince Harry having previously opened up about the emotional toll of that period in their lives. Prince Harry's acknowledgment of watching "The Crown" added an additional layer of scrutiny to the portrayal of his family's history.

The passing of Queen Elizabeth II during Season 6's production added a unique complexity to the show's conclusion. Harries praised the final episode as one of the series' finest, with Stephen Daldry returning to direct the finale.

Reflecting on the impact of the Queen's death on the show, Harries noted, "It didn’t change [the story] fundamentally, but it did change it in a sense. When you see it, I think you will know what I mean." Mackie described the episode as a poignant tribute to the Queen, crafted by writer Peter Morgan.

As "The Crown" approaches its conclusion, Mackie shared mixed emotions about bidding farewell to the series she helped shape. While proud of its achievements and the impact on her career, she admitted feeling "untethered" as the show nears its final moments.

"The Crown" has garnered acclaim for its portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, praised for its performances, writing, and production values. However, it has also faced criticism for historical inaccuracies and its portrayal of the royal family. Princess Diana's death is a significant event in royal history, poised to be a contentious moment in "The Crown." The producers have assured that they approached the portrayal with "enormous sensitivity" and "a huge amount of respect" for Diana. The final season of "The Crown" is expected to premiere later this year, marking the end of an era.

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