The Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki films Princess Diana’s yacht break

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The Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki recreated one of Princess Diana’s final voyages on Saturday, as she filmed a glimpse of her lavish 1997 Mediterranean cruise with her sons and Dodi Al Fayed – mere weeks before her tragic death.

The actress slipped into a colourful striped swimsuit to film scenes aboard the Yacht Titania for the sixth season of the Netflix drama, with the boat acting as a stand-in for Fayed’s famous liner Jonikal, where the Princess sailed from South of France to Sardinia before she was killed in a car accident in Paris.

Elizabeth is set to make her debut as Princess Diana in the upcoming fifth season of The Crown, which is set for release on November 9, and the programme has already courted controversy with producers slammed over its ‘malicious storylines,’ which will include Diana’s now-infamous 1995 interview on Panorama.

Spitting image: The Crown's Elizabeth Debicki recreated one of Princess Diana's final voyages on Saturday during filming for season six

Twins: Her look was a dead ringer for the late royal during one of her final voyages (Diana is pictured in July 1997)

Spitting image: The Crown’s Elizabeth Debicki (left) recreated one of Princess Diana’s final voyages on Saturday, as she filmed her Mediterranean cruise with her sons and Dodi Al Fayed (Diana is pictured right on the cruise in July 1997)

For the scenes, Elizabeth recreated one of Diana’s most eye-catching holiday looks, that consisted of a purple and green striped swimsuit and a matching sarong.

The actress was a dead ringer for the late royal while filming the scenes with Rufus Kampa, who is playing a young Prince William, and Will Powell who plays Prince Harry, on a replica of Fayed’s famous lavish liner.

Joining her were actors Khalid Abdalla, who plays Diana’s lover Dodi, and his tycoon father Mohammed Al-Fayed, with the pair appearing to exchange a playful moment during the filming. 

Coming soon: The actress slipped into a colourful striped swimsuit to film scenes aboard the Yacht Titania for season six of the Netflix drama

Blast from the past! Diana embarked on the same cruise aboard her lover Fayed's yacht (pictured in July 1997)

Coming soon: The actress slipped into a colourful striped swimsuit (left) to film scenes aboard the Yacht Titania for the sixth season of the Netflix drama (Diana is pictured right during her trip in 1997)

Sweet: For the scenes Elizabeth was spotted filming scenes with the two young male actors playing her sons

Sweet: For the scenes Elizabeth was spotted filming scenes with the two young male actors playing her sons

Playful: Joining Elizabeth for the scenes were young actors Rufus Kampa, who is playing a young Prince William, and Will Powell who plays Prince Harry

Playful: Joining Elizabeth for the scenes were young actors Rufus Kampa, who is playing a young Prince William, and Will Powell who plays Prince Harry

Beaming: For a majority of the scenes Elizabeth was in good spirits as she recreated the sunny family getaway

Beaming: For a majority of the scenes Elizabeth was in good spirits as she recreated the sunny family getaway

What a liner! Titania is set to act as a stand-in for Fayed's yacht Jonikal during both the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown

What a liner! Titania is set to act as a stand-in for Fayed’s yacht Jonikal during both the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown

At one point, Elizabeth appeared visibly upset in between scenes, and had to be consoled by other members of the show’s crew before resuming work on the series.

Titania is set to act as a stand-in for Fayed’s yacht Jonikal during both the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown, 

In May 2020, Omar’s father’s yacht which had hosted the royals and Dodi was sold for £171,000, with some observers telling The Sunday Express that the bid was surprisingly low, sparking fears that the memory of Diana was ‘fading’.

Former flame: During her European getaway, Diana famously was joined by her new flame Dodi Al Fayed (pictured in 1997)

Final appearance: Elizabeth was spotted filming scenes with Khalid Abdalla, who plays Dodi

Former flame: During her European getaway, Diana famously was joined by her new flame Dodi Al Fayed (left), who was sadly killed alongside her during a Paris car crash in 1997 (Elizabeth is pictured right filming with Khalid Abdalla, who plays Dodi)

Is she OK? At one point, Elizabeth appeared visibly upset in between scenes, and had to be consoled by other members of the show's crew before resuming work on the series

Is she OK? At one point, Elizabeth appeared visibly upset in between scenes, and had to be consoled by other members of the show’s crew before resuming work on the series

Tough time: She was comforted by members of the crew between scenes

Tough time: She was comforted by members of the crew between scenes

It's OK! Members of the show's producer team were seen tenderly stroking her back to calm her down after Elizabeth became upset between scenes

It’s OK! Members of the show’s producer team were seen tenderly stroking her back to calm her down after Elizabeth became upset between scenes

Moving: Elizabeth appeared to be filming an emotional scene with Dodi and his tycoon father

Sweet: The pair comforted her while aboard the liner

Moving: Elizabeth appeared to be filming an emotional scene with Dodi and his tycoon father, with the pair comforting her while aboard the liner

Emotional: They appeared to be filming a tender exchange with Dodi sweetly comforting Diana

Emotional: They appeared to be filming a tender exchange with Dodi sweetly comforting Diana

Royal author Margaret Holder, who penned Diana: The Caring Princess, a look at the Princess of Wales’ life published in 1999, said she felt it was: ‘a shame that this historic boat didn’t attract a higher bid as a remarkable souvenir of the last days of Diana’s life.’

The boat was used by Dodi as the venue for lavish parties in the South of France, mainly in St Tropez.

On Tuesday it was reported that Netflix bosses are ‘spooked’ by the outrage that some storylines from season five have caused – even before it has been broadcast next month.

Like any other mother! For the scenes, Elizabeth showed Diana's softer side as a doting mother to her two young sons

Like any other mother! For the scenes, Elizabeth showed Diana’s softer side as a doting mother to her two young sons

Relentless! Depicting the lengths photographers would go to in a bid to get a snap of Princess Diana, two boats of photographers could be seen snapping the yacht while bobbing up and down in the ocean

Relentless! Depicting the lengths photographers would go to in a bid to get a snap of Princess Diana, two boats of photographers could be seen snapping the yacht while bobbing up and down in the ocean

What a liner! In May 2020, Omar's father's yacht which had hosted the royals and Dodi was sold for £171,000, with some observers telling The Sunday Express that the bid was surprisingly low, sparking fears that the memory of Diana was 'fading'

What a liner! In May 2020, Omar’s father’s yacht which had hosted the royals and Dodi was sold for £171,000, with some observers telling The Sunday Express that the bid was surprisingly low, sparking fears that the memory of Diana was ‘fading’

Not so pricey now! Royal author Margaret Holder, who penned Diana: The Caring Princess, a look at the Princess of Wales' life published in 1999, said she felt it was: 'a shame that this historic boat didn't attract a higher bid'

Not so pricey now! Royal author Margaret Holder, who penned Diana: The Caring Princess, a look at the Princess of Wales’ life published in 1999, said she felt it was: ‘a shame that this historic boat didn’t attract a higher bid’

So grand! The boat was used by Dodi as the venue for lavish parties in the South of France, mainly in St Tropez

So grand! The boat was used by Dodi as the venue for lavish parties in the South of France, mainly in St Tropez

Time away! During the final months of her life, Diana sailed from the South of France to Sardinia before flying to Paris, where she took the car journey that ended her life (she is pictured during her yacht trip with Dodi in 1997)

Time away! During the final months of her life, Diana sailed from the South of France to Sardinia before flying to Paris, where she took the car journey that ended her life (she is pictured during her yacht trip with Dodi in 1997)

Family time: For the scenes, Elizabeth was seen playing a ball game with her sons while they took a swim in the yacht's swimming pool

Family time: For the scenes, Elizabeth was seen playing a ball game with her sons while they took a swim in the yacht’s swimming pool

Netflix, which spends £11.5 million per episode on the show, which is one of its biggest global hits, is about to launch series five.

It will cover the years from 1991 to 1997, and will include details of Diana’s Panorama interview in 1995.

King Charles, played by Dominic West, is the dominant figure in the drama. He is shown lobbying Prime Minister John Major in a bizarre attempt to force his mother’s abdication.

Proud mum: The scenes showcased the late princess' playful side

Having fun? She tossed the ball to her sons while they played together in the water

Proud mum: The scenes showcased the late princess’ playful side as she tossed the ball to her sons while they played together in the water

Doting parent: She shared a sweet moment with her teenage son William, while perched on the deck together

Doting parent: She shared a sweet moment with her teenage son William, while perched on the deck together

Drama! On Tuesday it was reported that Netflix bosses are 'spooked' by the outrage that some storylines from season five have caused – even before it has been broadcast next month

Drama! On Tuesday it was reported that Netflix bosses are ‘spooked’ by the outrage that some storylines from season five have caused – even before it has been broadcast next month

Anticipated: Netflix, which spends £11.5 million per episode on the show, which is one of its biggest global hits

Nearly time! Series five is set for release on November 9

Anticipated: Netflix, which spends £11.5 million per episode on the show, which is one of its biggest global hits, is about to launch series five

Drama! King Charles, played by Dominic West, is the dominant figure in the drama. He is shown lobbying Prime Minister John Major in a bizarre attempt to force his mother's abdication

Drama! King Charles, played by Dominic West, is the dominant figure in the drama. He is shown lobbying Prime Minister John Major in a bizarre attempt to force his mother’s abdication

It also depicts Charles bitterly arguing with Diana as their divorce looms, and romancing Camilla, now Queen Consort, including a dramatisation of the notorious ‘tampongate’ phone call.

A production source said that media outrage over inaccuracies – and the lack of sensitivity in airing the series so close to the death of the Queen – is ‘spooking’ the broadcaster.

The source said: ‘The show has never been about sensationalism but it has also always been a drama. For the first years it seemed that everyone was happy to tolerate it.’

Not so romantic! It also depicts Charles bitterly arguing with Diana as their divorce looms, and romancing Camilla, now Queen Consort, including a dramatisation of the notorious 'tampongate' phone call

Not so romantic! It also depicts Charles bitterly arguing with Diana as their divorce looms, and romancing Camilla, now Queen Consort, including a dramatisation of the notorious ‘tampongate’ phone call

Scary: A production source said that media outrage over inaccuracies – and the lack of sensitivity in airing the series so close to the death of the Queen – is 'spooking' the broadcaster

Scary: A production source said that media outrage over inaccuracies – and the lack of sensitivity in airing the series so close to the death of the Queen – is ‘spooking’ the broadcaster

Claims: The source said: 'The show has never been about sensationalism but it has also always been a drama'

Not so fussed: 'For the first years it seemed that everyone was happy to tolerate it,' the source added

Claims: The source said: ‘The show has never been about sensationalism but it has also always been a drama. For the first years it seemed that everyone was happy to tolerate it’

Claims: The Crown, created and written by Peter Morgan, has been a hit for Netflix since it was first released in 2016

Claims: The Crown, created and written by Peter Morgan, has been a hit for Netflix since it was first released in 2016

Reports: But the source said Morgan had become increasingly 'uncomfortable' as the series of The Crown edged closer to the present day

Reports: But the source said Morgan had become increasingly ‘uncomfortable’ as the series of The Crown edged closer to the present day

Reports: But the source said Morgan had become increasingly 'uncomfortable' as the series of The Crown edged closer to the present day

Reports: But the source said Morgan had become increasingly ‘uncomfortable’ as the series of The Crown edged closer to the present day

Allegations: They said: 'The truth is that it was easier to write the earlier series because, firstly, there is a wealth of historical documentation, plus a consensus over more of what happened, and you can be more broad brush dramatically and people don't find it hurtful'

Allegations: They said: ‘The truth is that it was easier to write the earlier series because, firstly, there is a wealth of historical documentation, plus a consensus over more of what happened, and you can be more broad brush dramatically and people don’t find it hurtful’

The Crown, created and written by Peter Morgan, has been a hit for Netflix since it was first released in 2016.

But the source said Morgan had become increasingly ‘uncomfortable’ as the series of The Crown edged closer to the present day.

They said: ‘The truth is that it was easier to write the earlier series because, firstly, there is a wealth of historical documentation, plus a consensus over more of what happened, and you can be more broad brush dramatically and people don’t find it hurtful.

‘Peter is always trying to get to the truth. There is always reams and reams of research. However, people are more loose-lipped about Princess Margaret 50 years ago than John Major in 1991.

Evidence: The source added that show creator Peter has done 'reams and reams' of research into the royal stories depicted in the series, but recreating later years has proven more challenging

Evidence: The source added that show creator Peter has done ‘reams and reams’ of research into the royal stories depicted in the series, but recreating later years has proven more challenging

Keeping quiet: 'Peter is always trying to get to the truth. There is always reams and reams of research. However, people are more loose-lipped about Princess Margaret 50 years ago than John Major in 1991,' the insider said

Keeping quiet: ‘Peter is always trying to get to the truth. There is always reams and reams of research. However, people are more loose-lipped about Princess Margaret 50 years ago than John Major in 1991,’ the insider said

Firm: The source went onto say: 'Peter is very aware of all of it and it is a struggle'

Not yet! The insider continued: 'He insisted on announcing that series five would be the last, even though Netflix didn't want to announce it'

Firm: ‘Peter is very aware of all of it and it is a struggle. He insisted on announcing that series five would be the last, even though Netflix didn’t want to announce it. It didn’t want to kill the golden goose,’ the source continued

Reports: The source went onto say 'Then, a few months, later he had changed his mind and he said that he was writing series six. But this will be it. He won't go any further towards the present day. It's already uncomfortable enough'

Reports: The source went onto say ‘Then, a few months, later he had changed his mind and he said that he was writing series six. But this will be it. He won’t go any further towards the present day. It’s already uncomfortable enough’

Scary: The source added: 'He is quite traumatised by the criticism. He has not done anything to be sensational'

It's far from it! 'The show would be a different show if he sought the sensational,' the insider continued

Scary: The source added: ‘He is quite traumatised by the criticism. He has not done anything to be sensational. The show would be a different show if he sought the sensational’

‘Peter is very aware of all of it and it is a struggle. He insisted on announcing that series five would be the last, even though Netflix didn’t want to announce it. It didn’t want to kill the golden goose.

‘Then, a few months, later he had changed his mind and he said that he was writing series six. But this will be it. He won’t go any further towards the present day. It’s already uncomfortable enough.’

The source added: ‘He is quite traumatised by the criticism. He has not done anything to be sensational. The show would be a different show if he sought the sensational.

No knighthood for him! 'He has not sought to trash the reputation of the Royal Family – I mean, he accepted a CBE. I think we can all accept that's not going to turn into a knighthood,' the insider continued

No knighthood for him! ‘He has not sought to trash the reputation of the Royal Family – I mean, he accepted a CBE. I think we can all accept that’s not going to turn into a knighthood,’ the insider continued

New story! It was also revealed that the scripts of series five were rewritten last year in the wake of revelations about Martin Bashir and how he manipulated Diana into giving the interview via a dirty tricks campaign

New story! It was also revealed that the scripts of series five were rewritten last year in the wake of revelations about Martin Bashir and how he manipulated Diana into giving the interview via a dirty tricks campaign

Quick changes: In the original script, actress Elizabeth Debicki – who plays the late princess – would have been seen giving the interview and speaking the words that Diana said

Quick changes: In the original script, actress Elizabeth Debicki – who plays the late princess – would have been seen giving the interview and speaking the words that Diana said

New plot: But all that was taken out after revelations about Bashir's deceit, exposed in an inquiry led by Lord Dyson published in May last year

New plot: But all that was taken out after revelations about Bashir’s deceit, exposed in an inquiry led by Lord Dyson published in May last year

Scaled back: Instead, Bashir is seen convincing her to talk, but the interview itself isn't shown

Scaled back: Instead, Bashir is seen convincing her to talk, but the interview itself isn’t shown

Bombshell story: However, she is seen cooperating with Andrew Morton on the Diana: Her True Story book and seen briefing tabloid journalists. She's also seen bombarding lover Hasnat Khan with telephone calls

Bombshell story: However, she is seen cooperating with Andrew Morton on the Diana: Her True Story book and seen briefing tabloid journalists. She’s also seen bombarding lover Hasnat Khan with telephone calls

No crash story! Makers Left Bank Pictures are now filming series six and will not be showing the car crash which killed Diana, although she will be seen at the Ritz with Dodi

No crash story! Makers Left Bank Pictures are now filming series six and will not be showing the car crash which killed Diana, although she will be seen at the Ritz with Dodi

Back to work! The Crown resumed production on its sixth and final series last month in Barcelona after filming was paused for a single day following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

Back to work! The Crown resumed production on its sixth and final series last month in Barcelona after filming was paused for a single day following the death of Queen Elizabeth II

‘He has not sought to trash the reputation of the Royal Family – I mean, he accepted a CBE. I think we can all accept that’s not going to turn into a knighthood.’

It was also revealed that the scripts of series five were rewritten last year in the wake of revelations about Martin Bashir and how he manipulated Diana into giving the interview via a dirty tricks campaign.

In the original script, actress Elizabeth Debicki – who plays the late princess – would have been seen giving the interview and speaking the words that Diana said.

But all that was taken out after revelations about Bashir’s deceit, exposed in an inquiry led by Lord Dyson published in May last year.

Doomed: Diana star Elizabeth was seen filming one of the late royals' final public appearances, when she visited the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, just four days after work on the series was paused following the monarch's passing

Doomed: Diana star Elizabeth was seen filming one of the late royals’ final public appearances, when she visited the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, just four days after work on the series was paused following the monarch’s passing

Rules: No doubt The Crown is adhering to a strict filming schedule to ensure its sixth and final series is released by Netflix on time, having been pushed back by its day-long pause in the wake of The Queen's passing

Rules: No doubt The Crown is adhering to a strict filming schedule to ensure its sixth and final series is released by Netflix on time, having been pushed back by its day-long pause in the wake of The Queen’s passing

Instead, Bashir is seen convincing her to talk, but the interview itself isn’t shown.

However, she is seen cooperating with Andrew Morton on the Diana: Her True Story book and seen briefing tabloid journalists. She’s also seen bombarding lover Hasnat Khan with telephone calls.

Makers Left Bank Pictures are now filming series six and will not be showing the car crash which killed Diana, although she will be seen at the Ritz with Dodi.

The Crown resumed production on its sixth and final series last month in Barcelona after filming was paused for a single day following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Stopped: It was revealed that filming for The Crown been suspended for one day as a 'mark of respect to the late monarch', who passed away aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle

Stopped: It was revealed that filming for The Crown been suspended for one day as a ‘mark of respect to the late monarch’, who passed away aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle

Contingency: Netflix had reportedly devised a plan, also named Operation London Bridge like the official funeral plan for the Queen, to outline what the production company for The Crown would do in the event of her passing

Contingency: Netflix had reportedly devised a plan, also named Operation London Bridge like the official funeral plan for the Queen, to outline what the production company for The Crown would do in the event of her passing

Halted: One of the show's creators Stephen Daldry said when the show first premiered in 2016 the cast would likely stop production, saying: 'It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She's a global figure and it's what we should do'

Halted: One of the show’s creators Stephen Daldry said when the show first premiered in 2016 the cast would likely stop production, saying: ‘It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do’

Diana star Elizabeth was seen filming one of the late royals’ final public appearances, when she visited the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, just four days after work on the series was paused following the monarch’s passing.

No doubt The Crown is adhering to a strict filming schedule to ensure its sixth and final series is released by Netflix on time, having been pushed back by its day-long pause in the wake of The Queen’s passing.

It was revealed that filming for The Crown been suspended for one day as a ‘mark of respect to the late monarch’, who passed away aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle.

Statement: Peter, writer of the drama, was quoted after news of the Queen's death was confirmed as saying: 'The Crown is a love letter to her and I've nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too'

Statement: Peter, writer of the drama, was quoted after news of the Queen’s death was confirmed as saying: ‘The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too’

That's a long wait! The sixth and final series of The Crown is expected to be released on Netflix in 2023

That’s a long wait! The sixth and final series of The Crown is expected to be released on Netflix in 2023

Netflix had reportedly devised a plan, also named Operation London Bridge like the official funeral plan for the Queen, to outline what the production company for The Crown would do in the event of her passing.

One of the show’s creators Stephen Daldry said when the show first premiered in 2016 the cast would likely stop production, saying: ‘It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do.’

Peter, writer of the drama, was quoted after news of the Queen’s death was confirmed as saying: ‘The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.’

Not long now! The Crown's fifth series will be released on Netflix on November 9

Not long now! The Crown’s fifth series will be released on Netflix on November 9



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