In an effort to address concerns over historical accuracy, the creators of the acclaimed series The Crown have assured audiences that the portrayal of Princess Diana’s untimely death will be handled with delicacy and sensitivity in the upcoming final season of the series.
During the Edinburgh TV Festival, executive producer Suzanne Mackie emphasised the meticulous approach taken by the production team. “The show might be big and noisy, but we’re not,” she asserted. “We’re thoughtful people and we’re sensitive people.”
The Netflix phenomenon, often under scrutiny for its portrayal of historical events and the royal family, is gearing up for the release of its sixth and final season later this year.
The series will draw to a close by chronicling the Royal Family’s journey in the aftermath of Diana’s tragic demise in a car crash in Paris in 1997 when she was just 36 years old.
Mackie shed light on the extensive contemplation that went into recreating this pivotal moment in history. “There was a very, very careful, long, long, long conversation about how we do it – and I hope, you know, the audience will judge it in the end, but I think it’s been delicately, thoughtfully recreated,” she explained.
Elizabeth Debicki, who steps into the role of Diana for the two final seasons after Emma Corrin, was praised by Mackie as an “extraordinary actress” who approached the role with profound consideration and admiration for the late Princess.
While addressing inquiries about the impact of Queen Elizabeth II’s recent passing on the show, executive producer Andy Harries noted that it had left an imprint. “I think that the passing of Her Majesty undoubtedly impacted on us all and [writer Peter Morgan] in particular,” he acknowledged.
As anticipation mounts for the final season’s release, Mackie conveyed Morgan’s sentiment about the series, describing it as a “love-letter to the Queen”. Since its inception in 2016, The Crown has captivated audiences with its portrayal of the British monarchy, and it is set to bid its farewell with the conclusion of the sixth season on Netflix in the near future.