It’s been a busy few months for Princess Diana actress Elizabeth Debicki. She was spotted filming scenes for series five, The Crown today.
Elizabeth, 31, stunned wearing a matching skirt and a lilac coat. This outfit is thought to have been inspired by a similar outfit worn in June 1997 by Princess of Wales. It was one of her last public appearances prior to her tragic death in a Paris car accident.
The Australian actress, who is taking over the role from Emma Corrin, was joined on location by actor Salim Daw, who is playing Mohammed Al Fayed in the series, the former Harrods owner and father of Diana’s lover Dodi.
The scene showed the pair taking their seats at what appeared was a polo match. It is not clear what scene was being shot for the hit drama. However, Diana was spotted talking with Mohammed on numerous occasions at the Polo, including meetings in 1987 as well as 1988.
However, The Crown will be covering the Royal Family’s history through the 1990s. It’s not clear if the Netflix series has changed timelines.
The Netflix hit The Crown has been known for its ability to bend facts to suit its narrative. While some artistic license is normal, some critics have expressed outrage at the rewriting and altering of history and relationships.
Elizabeth Debicki (Princess Diana actress), was seen filming scenes for series five of The Crown today.
The Australian actress Emma Corrin has been replaced by Salim Daw who plays Mohammed Al Fayed, the former Harrods owner who was also the father of Diana’s lover Dodi.
Elizabeth, 31, looked stunning in a lilac jacket with matching skirt. This outfit is thought to have been inspired by a similar ensemble worn in June 1997 by Princess of Wales on a trip to Washington. (pictured, Diana in the outfit).
Princess Diana wore a lilac twopiece jacket and skirt combination during a 1997 trip to Washington to meet with the head Red Cross.
During the outing she wore a set pearls and carried a Chanel bag.
At the time she was giving to make a speech against land mines, one of the many causes she championed during her lifetime, and she joined U.S. politician Elizabeth Dole in calling for the end of land mine use worldwide.
It appears that Elizabeth’s scenes today were inspired by The Crown’s costumes department, which took inspiration from her vacation outfit.
It is unclear what scene was filmed from Princess Diana’s past or if Netflix is taking artistic license with the late royal. In 1987, Princess Diana was pictured with Mohammed at polo matches several times in the late ’80s.
Diana can be seen in the snaps taking a seat in one of the stands while she watches what appears like a polo match with Mohammed.
Diana had the signature locks and the actress could be seen wearing a similar set of pearls. She also wore a white handbag with her statement lilac suit.
It is unclear what scene was shot from Princess Diana’s personal life or if Netflix is again using artistic license to honor the late royal.
Princess Diana was snapped meeting Mohammed at polo matches multiple times throughout the late ’80s.
Diana had the signature locks and the actress wore a similar set of pearls. She could also be seen wearing a white handbag with the statement lilac suit and a matching set of pearls.
Diana can be seen sitting in the stands watching what appears to be a match between Mohammed and Diana (pictured).
It is not clear what polo match was being shown in the fifth season of The Crown. The show has been criticized for its artistic license.
During the scene it appeared Diana and Mohammed were having an intense discussion while watching a polo match together in the front row of the stands
Diana was first photographed at a Harrod’s match in 1987. Later, Diana was snapped with Dodi and Prince William at Windsor match in 1988. However, the Crown’s fifth season is based upon events from the 1990s.
Elizabeth’s outfit today is almost identical to the one worn by Princess of Wales in 1997 when she visited Washington’s Red Cross headquarters (pictured left and right).
According to some reports, Diana met Mohamed’s son Dodi in a polo match against Prince Charles at Windsor in 1986. This was while the royals were still married.
She was photographed first with Harrod’s former owner in 1987 at a match, and later in 1988 at a match at Windsor alongside Prince William and Dodi.
The millionaire son of ex-Harrods owner Mohammed entertained Princess Diana on the yacht in the summer 1997.
Dodi and Diana were seen enjoying each others company on his boat, ‘Cujo,’ in July 1997, just weeks prior to their deaths in a Paris car accident on August 31st that year.
It is not known when these events took place, although Diana and Mohammed were photographed together several times at polo matches.
Elizabeth’s Diana could be seen wearing a distinctive lilac dress with large pearl earrings (pictured)
They were photographed kissing and embracing on deck, almost one year after Diana and Prince Charles divorce was finalized. Diana, then 36, was seen strutting on deck, enjoying the Mediterranean sun and her new romance.
They also spent most of their time on Dodi’s super yacht, the Jonikal (now the Sokar), that summer.
One of the most famous pictures of Diana was this snap of the former queen gazing out from the yacht’s diving platform.
The Royal Family from the 1990s to 2003 will be the focus of the final two series on The Crown. The crew will continue the story in the same place it left off in season 4.
The fifth season will focus on the dissolution of Prince Charles’ marriage to Diana – and her relationship with Dodi al-Fayed.
It was announced last summer that Elizabeth would play Diana in the fifth and sixth series. These will cover Diana’s death in 1997.
The breakdown of Charles and Diana’s relationship will be a central part of the new series.
The fourth series, The Crown, aired in November 2013 and told the story of early romance between Charles & Diana.
It was announced last spring that Elizabeth would play Diana in the fifth series.
According to the actress, Diana said of her casting last January: “Princess Diana’s spirit and words live in the hearts so many.”
“It is a privilege and an honour to be a part of this masterful series. It has had me hooked from episode one.”
The breakdown of Charles and Diana’s relationship will be a central part of the new series. Pictured are the actors filming today
The Crown’s final two series will cover the Royal Family’s history from the 1990s through 2003. However, the exact moments are not yet known. Pictured are the actors filming today
Meanwhile Dodi Fayed is expected to play a large part in the next series of The Crown, with British actor Khalid Abdalla, 39, who starred in the 2007 film The Kite Runner, cast in the role.
Palestinian actor Salim, 70, will play Dodi’s father, former Harrods owner Mohamed.
The Crown’s final two series will focus on the Royal Family’s history from the 1990s through 2003. It is not known what moments will be covered.
There are many moving moments that could be used. The Queen gave a speech on the 40th anniversary her accession in 1992 in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.
She was referring the to the end of three of her children’s marriages: Prince Andrew’s, Princess Anne’s, and Prince Charles’s divorce from Princess Diana.
The actors seemed relaxed as they shot the scene. This is believed to have been to capture Diana and Mohamed watching a polo match together.
Other notable events included a fire in Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary, 1997, and the deaths Princess Margaret, Queen Mother, and Princess of Wales.
Imelda Staunton will replace Olivia Colman as Elizabeth II, who won the Emmy for Outstanding Leading Actress in 2020-2021.
Lesley Manville (64), who will play Princess Margaret, is also joining The Crown series five. Jonathan Pryce, 73 will assume the role as Prince Philip. James Murray will play the role of Prince Andrew in place of Tom Byrne who was the Queen’s second-born son in series four.