In crafting the final season of the acclaimed royal drama 'The Crown,' creator Peter Morgan approached the sensitive subject of Princess Diana's tragic death with particular care.
Earlier assurances had been made that the show would not depict the car crash that led to the princess's demise.
Peter has now elaborated further on Season 6, emphasizing that his intention was never to delve into the details of how Princess Diana died or explore the various conspiracy theories surrounding her tragic passing, according to reports from Variety.
“This was never going to be a story about how did she die? The police inquiry sorted all that out. We were never interested in that. It was always about, what was the impact on the family before and after her death? What was the truth of the nature of her relationship with Dodi Fayed?” said Peter.
Elizabeth Debicki, reprising her role for the second season as the late Princess Diana in 'The Crown,' attended the LA premiere where she embodied the late princess's essence. She wore a black Bottega Veneta dress reminiscent of Princess Diana's iconic "revenge dress."
The 'Guardians of the Galaxy' star expressed that dealing with Princess Diana's story in Season 6 felt like "unusual territory" due to the "historical blueprint" of the royal narrative. This, in turn, instilled in her a sense of duty to approach the portrayal with a "huge responsibility" and to depict it "beautifully and honestly." Elizabeth Debicki's commitment to capturing the essence of Princess Diana adds an additional layer of anticipation for fans of the show.
“It’s a tricky conversation to have because you can’t say something like, legacy because it’s not - it’s an intelligent drama. But at the same time, we know that we’re dealing with an audience’s blend of real life memory and then an invention in the television show,” Elizabeth said.
“We did tread with as much respect as we possibly could have had - and that I know for sure. So, I’m glad because when I watched it back, I realised what a serious thing it was to make.”
The upcoming season of 'The Crown' will delve into the relationship between Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed, the Egyptian film producer and son of billionaire Mohammed Al-Fayed. Khalid Abdalla will portray Dodi Fayed, and according to Elizabeth Debicki, working with him was "so easy" as they conveyed creator Peter Morgan's version of the well-known relationship.
Elizabeth admitted that she wasn't certain about the direction the portrayal would take before they began filming. However, the ease of collaboration and commitment to Peter Morgan's vision likely promise a nuanced exploration of this aspect of Princess Diana's life in the upcoming season of 'The Crown.'
“There was this real sense of relief to find a sort of human that you just like to be around, which is what everybody’s looking for in life. I think we know our interpretation together was to portray a relationship where two people, under really unusual circumstances, fall into a realisation that this person makes you feel good about yourself and that’s worth sort of chasing.”
(With Agency Inputs)