- 'The Crown' is a hit Netflix show
- It recreates the lives of British royals
- THIS is how they shot Lady Di's death
It's no doubt that producers spend countless hours planning the execution of a hit show. But when it's about the lives of the British royal family you go to even greater lengths. As the world famously knows, on Aug. 31, 1997, Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Al Fayed, were traveling by car in Paris with a driver and bodyguard when a car crash killed the three inside.
As 'People' magazine reports, 'The Crown's' creators did not take the portrayal of Diana's fatal car accident lightly. They made sure to examine it closely for all the relevant details.
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Executive producers Andy Harries and Suzanne Mackie spoke at the Edinburgh TV Festival about how Netflix discussed portraying the tragic event that rocked the world. The crash will be portrayed in the sixth and final season of the royal drama, and fans can't wait!
"The show might be big and noisy, but we're not. We're thoughtful people, and we're sensitive people. There were very careful, long conversations about how we were going to do it," Mackie said.
"The audience will judge it in the end, but I think it’s been delicately, thoughtfully recreated," she continued. The fact is, fans have adored everything that producers have shown them. The casting has been spot on as well, and Mackie added that "Diana" actress Elizabeth Debicki "was so thoughtful and considerate. She loved Diana. There's a huge amount of respect from us all, I hope that’s evident.
For the royal family in real life, what matters to them is veracity. As long as producers can tell the real story, they have a green light.
"The exact moment of the crash impact will not be shown," Netflix told 'The Sun' via a statement. Police officer David Douglas — who worked on Operation Paget, the investigation into the various conspiracy theories surrounding Diana's death launched by the British Metropolitan Police in 2004, — appeared on 'Good Morning Britain' this August and said this:
"It's my absolute total belief it was a terrible, tragic accident in which three people lost their lives and one other person had their life turned upside down," Douglas said.
"When you look at most incidents, accidents, you find there's a chain of events, and if any one of those chain of events had been different, it might not have led to that happening," Douglas said. "For example, if they'd been wearing seatbelts, our experts tell us it was probably an 80% chance that they would have survived the accident," he concluded.
As 'People' reports, the 2022 death of Queen Elizabeth impacted the show's finale.
"The passing of Her Majesty impacted on us all…It didn't change [the story] fundamentally, but it did change it in a sense. When you see it, I think you will know what I mean," Harries said. "It's a very powerful film and a very respectful episode."
Season 6 will be coming to Netlix very soon. Be sure to tune in!