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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.
During a session at the Edinburgh TV Festival celebrating the success of "The Crown," executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie highlighted the thoughtful approach taken by Left Bank Pictures and Netflix in filming Diana's fatal accident in Paris. The death of Princess Diana is slated to feature in the early episodes of the upcoming season, which is anticipated to premiere later this year. The scenes were captured over a two-week period in October of the previous year, generating behind-the-scenes anxiety.
Mackie stated, "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 further noted that actress Elizabeth Debicki, who portrays Diana, approached the role with thoughtfulness and consideration. The producers hope that their respect for Diana's memory is evident in the portrayal.
The production of this episode garnered significant media attention, with both Prince William and Prince Harry previously expressing the emotional impact of that period in their lives. Prince Harry has admitted to watching "The Crown," adding another layer of scrutiny to the portrayal of his family's history.
The death of Queen Elizabeth II during the production of Season 6 added a unique layer of complexity to the show's conclusion. Harries remarked that the final episode of the series is among the best he has worked on. Stephen Daldry, returning to direct the finale after his involvement in Season 2, is overseeing the episode.
While addressing the impact of the Queen's passing on the show, Harries indicated, "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." He described the final episode as a powerful and respectful culmination of the series.
Mackie characterized the episode as a "love letter" to the Queen, crafted by writer Peter Morgan.
As the conclusion of "The Crown" draws near, Mackie shared her mixed emotions about the show's end. Having played a pivotal role in its creation, she expressed her pride in the series and its impact on her career. As the show approaches its final moments, Mackie admitted to feeling "untethered" by its impending conclusion.
The Crown is a historical drama that tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
The show has been praised for its acting, writing, and production values.
The Crown has also been criticized for its historical inaccuracies and its portrayal of the royal family.
The death of Princess Diana is a major event in the history of the royal family and is likely to be a controversial moment in The Crown.
The producers of The Crown have said that they have filmed the death with "enormous sensitivity" and that they have "a huge amount of respect" for Diana.
The Crown is expected to premiere its final season later this year.