Set Photos From ‘The Crown’ Season 5 Show Diana and Charles with Young William and Harry
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, seen above as Diana, Princess of Wales, in the upcoming fifth season of 'The Crown.' Fans got another glimpse of her in the role — as well as a look at actor Dominic West as Prince Charles and the young actors playing Princes William and Harry — in new photos from the set shared on social media on Monday. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix
Fans of The Crown were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the highly anticipated fifth season on Monday, with new photos from the set providing a look at some of the series’ newest cast members.
The photos, taken at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, about an hour outside of London, show The Crown newcomers Elizabeth Debicki, 31, as Diana and Dominic West, 51, as Prince Charles with young Princes William and Harry in tow as the family appears to prepare for a private flight.
In August, after Netflix revealed a sneak peek of Charles and Diana in the upcoming season, fans praised the casting of Australian actress Debicki for her uncanny resemblance to the late royal, but overwhelmingly disagreed with West as Prince Charles.
Debicki and West take over the roles of Diana and Charles from Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor. Corrin, who appeared as Diana in the fourth season, earned near universal praise for her performance as well as a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Television Award. Meanwhile, O’Connor appeared as Charles in the third and fourth season of the series and also earned a Golden Globe and Critics’ Choice Television Award. Both Corrin and O’Connor are also nominated for Primetime Emmys for their respective parts.
Once again, all eyes were on Debicki, who looks every bit the part of Diana in the latest shots from the set, from her short haircut to her floral print dress — both quintessential elements of Diana’s style in the early ’90s. Despite measuring 6 feet and 3 inches — more than half a foot taller than the real former princess, who was 5 feet and 10 inches, The Crown seems to have nailed Debicki’s Diana look.
Meanwhile, the two young actors playing Prince William and Prince Harry are seen wearing matching outfits — as they often did as children — in polo shirts, jeans and blue and white baseball jackets
The fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown are expected to span the mid-’90s through to the early 2000s, including, most likely, seminal moments such as Diana’s bombshell 1995 Panorama interview as well as her tragic death two years later.
Debicki, who is slated to play the People’s Princess in the sixth season of The Crown as well, seemed well aware of the pressure that comes along with portraying such an iconic and beloved figure ahead of filming.
“It’s a dream role. She is such a remarkable human being and she really does still live in the hearts of so many people,” she told The Mirror after landing the role. “I’m overwhelmed, I’m terrified and I’m excited. I can’t wait to start.”
Reflecting on Diana’s lasting impact in an interview with Gotham magazine she said the former princess was “like a symbol — like a magical person. I’m coming to understand more intimately how she existed and still exists very profoundly in [the] collective consciousness.”
Other new additions to the cast include Imelda Staunton, 65, as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce, 74, as Prince Philip and Lesley Manville, 65, as Princess Margaret.
According to Variety, the COVID-delayed production of the fifth season began in July, which likely means fans will have to wait until next year to see the latest instalment.