The sixth and final season of the Netflix drama series will be coming to a close from next month, with notable events including the premiership of Tony Blair, the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the early relationship of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles all set to feature.
Ahead of the final instalment’s release, the global streamer has teased a slew of first-look images beginning with Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, on a yacht belonging to Salim Daw’s business tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed.
Al Fayed had invited Diana and her sons to holiday with him on the Al Fayed yacht alongside his film producer son Dodi (Khalid Abdalla) where they were followed by the paparazzi.
A sombre image of Al Fayed in an armchair was included in the first look pictures, as well as Diana in the sunshine with William (Rufus Kampa) and Harry, played by Fflyn Edwards in part one of the drama, and the Princess in a car with Fayed.
The two princes are also portrayed alongside their father in another preview image, who is wearing a dark green kilt ensemble and holding a shepherd’s crook.
Reflecting in April about playing Diana: ‘I think it’s a really unique challenge as an actor, to portray those days.
‘I really just trusted in Peter’s emotional blueprint that he created for us to follow.
‘It’s his interpretation and I think it made emotional sense to me, so I clung to that. Because, obviously, it’s devastating and it’s fraught and we can never know.’
Princess Diana’s reported storylines have been met with backlash, including the decision to show ‘distressing’ scenes related to the fatal Paris crash that killed her in 1997.
It is also been claimed that she will reappear as a ghost in later scenes during which she will have an emotional reconciliation with a grieving Charles (Dominic West), whom she tells how ‘handsome’ he is and how much she loved him as he weeps with regret.
The imagined scene comes after Charles has been depicted sobbing over her body in a hospital morgue in Paris.
The hit royal drama will also see stars Imelda Staunton return as Queen Elizabeth II, who admitted she felt ‘more comfortable’ playing the late monarch in season 6.
Imelda, who took the role over from Olivia Colman and Claire Foy to play the Queen, said: ‘I’ve been living with her for a long time so, if anything, I felt more comfortable this time.
‘I love her stillness and her ability to not be thrown by everything that must have constantly – throughout her whole life – gone on around her.’
Dominic, meanwhile, said King Charles has a real ‘sadness and compassion’ about him, adding: ‘What’s great about The Crown is that you see these public figures in private.’
The Wire actor continued: ‘I suspect in private he’s quite emotional, well that’s the way I played him anyway… I think, hopefully, what comes out is compassionate but relatively well balanced.’
‘I talked to a lot of people who have met him because he’s met a lot of people, he’s met probably more than anyone except the Queen and Prince Philip. Almost everyone has extremely warm, kind things to say about him.’
The Crown season 6 part 1 premieres on Netflix on November 16, while part 2 will be available from December 14.
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