The Crown’s Diana actor laid in coffin so viewers could see dead princess in sixth series


Scenes for the upcoming sixth series of the Netflix smash hit will deal with the death of Princess Diana and its aftermath.

Crew members were said to be “appalled and disgusted” by the scenes, according to The Sun.

Onlookers reportedly told the paper they were hoping public fury would pressure Netflix bosses to cut the “distressing” scenes.

There are fears it will cause further upset for Princes William and Harry, who were just 15 and 12 respectively when their mother passed away.

Charles and Diana in The Crown

New scenes for The Crown are already causing controversy (Image: Keith Bernstein)

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The princess was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997 (Image: Getty)

The princes will also be filmed walking behind the coffin at her televised funeral service, as they did so 25 years ago.

One insider told the Sun: “They actually made Elizabeth climb into a coffin and play dead as Diana. Viewers will see a French priest administering the last rites for Diana as she is pronounced deceased.

“Prince Charles — played by Dominic West — enters the room and is in floods of tears. In his hysteria he notices that Diana is missing an earring. It is all he can focus on as grief envelops him.

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Elizabeth Debicki plays Princess Diana in the latest series (Image: Getty)


Dominic West portrays Prince Charles (Image: Getty)

“Diana’s two sisters then join Charles and there is wailing and more tears around the dead body in the open coffin.

“Princes William and Harry never saw their mother dead in a coffin and they shouldn’t have to watch this. Nor should the British public.

“The bosses went way over the top to chase ratings. Everyone was very uncomfortable doing the shoot. It is obscene and should be banned from broadcast.”

Posters For The Crown In London

The fifth series of The Crown has been accused of blurring the lines between fiction and fact (Image: Getty)

The witness added: “There were conversations on set between cast members visibly upset at what they were being asked to do.

“Many believe a fuss must be made to protect Wills and Harry in particular from more upset.” has reached out Buckingham Palace and Netflix for a comment.


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