The Crown: Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed seen in first-look photos of final series | Ents & Arts News


Princess Diana’s relationship with Dodi Fayed is among the storylines teased in the first images released of the final series of The Crown.

Photography from the sixth season includes an image of Dianaplayed by Elizabeth Debicki, in a car with Dodi (Khalid Abdalla), as well as scenes on a yacht belonging to his father, business magnate Mohamed Al Fayed.

Inspired by real events, Netflix‘s fictional dramatization tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign. After five hit series, this upcoming sixth season of The crown is set to be the final installment.

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in the sixth and final series of The Crown.  Image: Netflix
Salim Daw as Mohamed Al Fayed in the sixth and final series of The Crown.  Image: Netflix
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Salim Daw plays Mohamed Al Fayed, who died earlier this year

It will be released in two parts, with the first four episodes launching on November 16, which will depict the couple’s relationship before the car crash in Paris that killed them both. The second part of the series will be broadcast from 14 December.

The images released by Netflix also offer a glimpse of Mr Al Fayed, played by Salim Daw. The billionaire’s relationship with the royal family was first depicted in season five, when Mr Al Fayed was seen getting to know a younger Diana.

“I think it’s a really unique challenge as an actor to portray those days,” Debicki has said of playing Diana, while Abdalla described playing Dodi Fayed as “the honor of my life”.

Stars Imelda Staunton and Dominic West return as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles respectively, while Rufus Kampa and Fflyn Edwards play William and Harry.

Dominic West as Prince Charles, with Rufus Kampa and Fflyn Edwards as William and Harry, in the sixth and final series of The Crown.  Image: Netflix
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Dominic West returns as Prince Charles, while Imelda Staunton (below) returns as the Queen

Imelda Staunton as the Queen in the sixth and final series of The Crown.  Image: Netflix

Staunton, who took over the role from Olivia Colman and Claire Foy, said: “I’ve lived with her for a long time so if anything I felt more comfortable this time.

“I love her stillness and her ability to not be thrown by everything that must have been going on around her constantly – throughout her life.”

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in the sixth and final series of The Crown.  Image: Netflix
Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed in the sixth and final series of The Crown.  Image: Netflix
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The last series depicts the period around the death of Diana and Dodi Fayed

West said that Charles has “got real sadness about him and real compassion” and that The Crown allows viewers to “see these public figures in private”.

He added: “I suspect that privately he’s quite emotional, well, that’s the way I played him anyway… I spoke to a lot of people who have met him because he’s met many people, he’s probably met more than anyone except the Queen and Prince Philip. Almost everyone has extremely warm, kind things to say about him.”

According to the show’s producers, Prince William is trying to integrate back into life at Eton in the wake of his mother’s death as the monarchy must ride the wave of public opinion.

As she reaches her golden jubilee, the Queen reflects on the future of the monarchy with the marriage of Charles and Camilla and the start of a new royal adventure in William and Kate.

Diana’s death to be handled ‘sensitively’

Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival in the summer, Executive producer Suzanne Mackie said Diana’s death would be handled sensitively in the upcoming series.

Diana and Dodi Fayed, a film producer, died on August 31, 1997, when their car crashed in a road tunnel in Paris while trying to outrun paparazzi photographers on motorcycles.

Mohamed Al Fayed died in August at the age of 94with his family saying he “died peacefully of old age”.


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