The Crown crew disgusted Elizabeth Debicki made to lie in coffin

The Crown is blasted for ‘obscene’ decision to show Diana lying in an open coffin in new series

  • The Crown will show Diana actress Elizabeth Debicki pretending to be dead
  • The next season of the Netflix drama will show scenes around Diana’s death
  • Onlookers on the set said everyone was ‘uncomfortable doing the shoot’

Crew members from Netflix’s The Crown were reportedly disgusted that actress Elizabeth Debicki was made to lie in an open coffin and pretend to be the dead Princess Diana.

Shocking scenes from the script for the next season of the drama may start a fresh row for the streaming giant.

The sixth season of the show will feature medics covered in blood trying to save Diana, a distraught Prince Charles after seeing the body, and Prince William and Prince Harry at the funeral, The Sun reported.

There are fears over the impact the scenes depicting Princess Diana’s final moments before her fatal Paris car crash in 1997 will have on the princes.

Actress Elizabeth Debicki was made to lie in an open coffin and pretend to be the dead Princess Diana for Netflix’s The Crown. Pictured, the show filming near the location of the car crash that killed Princess Diana

The sixth season of the show will feature a distraught Prince Charles after seeing the body of Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, in character above

Onlookers on set told The Sun that cast members were visibly upset during the filming of the scene. One said: ‘They actually made Elizabeth climb into a coffin and play dead as Diana. Viewers will see a French priest administering the last rites for Diana as she is pronounced deceased.

‘Prince Charles enters the room and is in floods of tears. In his hysteria he notices that Diana is missing an earring. It is all he can focus on as grief envelops him.’

They added: ‘Princes William and Harry never saw their mother dead in a coffin and they shouldn’t have to watch this. Nor should the British public.’

Crew members are said to be concerned that the scriptwriters and producers have gone over the top chasing ratings.

One spectator said: ‘Everyone was very uncomfortable doing the shoot. It is obscene and should be banned from broadcast.’

The next season will show scenes of Princess Diana lying on a table with frantic medics trying to save her.

One scene will reportedly show Prince Charles in floods of tears after the death of Princess Diana. Above, the couple played by Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki

Netflix crews film the moments before Princess Diana’s car crash in Paris for The Crown

Netflix has insisted the ‘exact moment’ of the crash will not feature in the controversial drama, which has come under fire for sensationalism and inaccuracy.

A friend of Diana’s said the show’s makers could face accusations of ‘insensitivity’ over the filming in Paris. Debbie Frank, who was Diana’s astrologer, said it would be ‘terrible’ for William and Harry to see a recreation of the moments leading up to their mother’s death.

‘It’s obviously terrible for Diana’s children to have to see that again. It’s insensitive,’ she said.

She added: ‘I feel Diana’s death and the crash was the biggest shock our generation. It had such a huge impact across the national psyche.

‘I guess the makers of The Crown feel they are entitled to show a re-enactment of scenes leading up to her death and that it has dramatic impact. But relatives would think otherwise.’

Ken Wharfe, Diana’s former bodyguard, told The Sun that William will find the scenes ‘repulsive’ and Charles will be ‘appalled’.

A spokesman for the Prince of Wales declined to comment to The Sun.

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