New photos from The Crown film shoot in Paris show moped-riding paparazzi swarming Princess Diana’s car as it heads into tunnel just 100 yards from fatal 1997 crash… as pressure piles on ‘insensitive’ Netflix’
- The images show photographers riding on the back of mopeds as they drive close to a Mercedes
- Paparazzi infamously pursued car being driven by drunk driver Henri Paul as it carried Diana and Dodi Fayed
- Some then took pictures as Diana, Dodi and Paul lay gravely injured in the wrecked Mercedes after the crash
- Comes after Diana’s friends yesterday slammed the ‘insensitivity’ of Netflix as initial images emerged
New photos from the shooting of The Crown reveal how the controversial Netflix series will show moped-riding paparazzi photographers swarming Princess Diana’s car in the moments before the crash that killed her.
The images show photographers riding on the back of mopeds as they drive close to a Mercedes similar to the one that Diana was traveling in when it crashed in the Alma tunnel in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997.
They are seen travelling into a tunnel that is just 100 yards from the one in which Diana was fatally injured.
The Paparazzi infamously pursued the car being driven by drunk driver Henri Paul as it carried Diana and her lover Dodi Al Fayed away from the Ritz hotel in Paris.
Some then took pictures as Diana, Dodi and Paul lay gravely injured in the wrecked Mercedes after the crash.
Netflix had insisted the ‘exact moment’ of the crash will not feature in the controversial drama, but the new images will pile pressure on the streaming platform as they show just how close they get to the moment of impact.
The fifth series is being released on November 9, with the sixth series still being filmed.
It comes after Princess Diana’s friends yesterday slammed the ‘insensitivity’ of Netflix as initial images of the scene emerged.
Onlookers said Netflix crews were seen filming between 2am and 3am yesterday morning around 100 yards from the Alma tunnel.
The pictures showed the black Mercedes like the one the couple were travelling in on that tragic day being filmed in another nearby tunnel on the same road.
A friend of Diana’s said the show’s makers could face accusations of ‘insensitivity’ over the filming in Paris.
New photos from the shooting of The Crown reveal how the controversial Netflix series will show moped-riding paparazzi photographers swarming Princess Diana’s car in the moments before the crash that killed her
The images show photographers riding on the back of mopeds as they drive close to a Mercedes similar to the one that Diana was traveling in when it crashed in the Alma tunnel in Paris in the early hours of August 31, 1997
The car appears to be being driven into the same tunnel where the real vehicle met its fate. The Paparazzi infamously pursued the car being driven by drunk driver Henri Paul as it carried Diana and her lover Dodi Al Fayed away from the Ritz hotel in Paris
Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed are seen in the back of the Mercedes as it is driven by Henri Paul, with bodyguard Trevor Rees-Jones in the passenger seat
Debbie Frank, who was Diana’s astrologer, said it would be ‘terrible’ for Princes 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.’
Miss Frank, who knew Diana from 1989 until her death, also questioned if this was the right time for a dramatization of Diana’s death so soon after the Queen’s death.
Royal biographer Angela Levin said last night: ‘I think they’re appalling, it’s so callous and particularly for William and Harry.
‘It’s terrible, it’s reliving something that happened a long time ago and is still in people’s minds and making them have all those feelings again.
‘You can do a dramatisation of events, but there is a limit – and I think this is going over the limit. It’s not necessary. I feel very sorry for the Royal Family.
‘It’s very hurtful for them, and everyone who knew Diana. She was adored around the world and it will bring a lot of people a lot of unhappiness.’
Six mopeds are seen carrying the actors carrying cameras they depict the photographers who swarmed around Diana’s car in the moments before it crashed
Actors recreate the moments that Paparazzi photographers swarmed around Princess Diana’s car. Neither Princess Diana nor Dodi Fayed were wearing seat belts when the car crashed in the Paris tunnel
Each moped it seen carrying a rider and a photographer carrying a camera, as the Mercedes is driven near the tunnel in which Diana was fatally injured
Netflix had insisted that it would not depict the ‘exact moment’ of the crash, so the new scenes will raise questions over at what point the scene will end
Photographers are seen taking pictures of the Mercedes as it depicts the minutes in which paparazzi pursued Diana’s car at high speed
A woman made to look like Diana can be seen in the back of the car as it is driven down the road in Paris last night
The new scene is likely to cause further upset among Princess Diana’s friends and other critics of Netflix show The Crown
Actors riding on mopeds are seen recreating the moment that Diana’s car was pursued from the Ritz hotel by Paparazzi
The scene was filmed very late at night. Above: The Mercedes is swarmed by mopeds carrying photographers as a filming car is driven ahead
Henri Paul lost control of the car and hit a pillar in the Alma tunnel, fatally wounding Diana, Dodi and Paul. Above: Photographers surround a similar-looking Mercedes
It was later claimed that the erratic behaviour of the papparazzi may have contributed to Diana’s death. Above: The chase is recreated
A Mercedes similar to the one that Princess Diana was travelling in is seen being driven close to the tunnel where the original car met its fate
A man carrying a camera is seen ion the back of a motorbike as Netflix recreate the moment that photographers swarmed Diana’s car
Another viewer wrote on Twitter: ‘Wow, The Crown has gone too far. Prince Harry, this has crossed the line and is disrespectful of your mother the late Princess Diana. Filming 100 yards from where the crash happened, how desperate is Netflix to cash in on the Royal Family.’
A second added: ‘The active retraumatising of two men who lost their mother through this dramatisation is shameful.’
Yesterday a source from the show’s makers said: ‘Netflix have made it clear that The Crown Season 6 features the lead up the to the Paris tunnel crash and the aftermath, but not the event itself.’
The source declined to comment on whether the filming in Paris was insensitive.
The fifth series of The Crown, which will cover the years leading up to Princess Diana’s 1995 Panorama interview, has already sparked anger before its release.
It comes after Princess Diana’s friends yesterday slammed the ‘insensitivity’ of Netflix as initial images of the scene being filmed emerged
Netflix crews were spotted filming late at night on Voies Georges Pompidou. Above: The Mercedes is seen on a trailer being towed by a van carrying Netflix crew members
Netflix has come under fire for its depiction of senior members of the Royal Family including King Charles III
Traffic was stopped from 11pm at night to allow for filming the moment before Diana’s death
Netflix crews used a replica of the car carrying Diana before she was killed in a car crash in Paris
Netflix crews were spotted filming late at night on Voies Georges Pompidou. The spot on the road that they used for filming – which was in the next tunnel along that road – is just 100 metres from the Pont de l’Alma tunnel
Netflix bosses have come under fire for their depiction of senior members of the Royal Family and these scenes will add fuel to the controversy
Traffic was stopped from 11pm at night to allow for filming
A van carrying crew members is seen towing the Mercedes car in Paris .Netflix crews filmed the moments leading up to Diana’s death in Paris late at night
Acting royalty Dame Judi Dench, who is close to King Charles and Camilla, accused the programme of being ‘crude and hurtful’.
Dame Judi, 87, who has played Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria, told The Times the series risked damaging the monarchy. The Oscar-winning actress blamed it for ‘crude sensationalism’ and blurring fact and fiction.
Former Prime Minister Sir John Major criticised a scene which shows him having a conversation with then Prince Charles about the possibility of the Queen abdicating as ‘malicious nonsense’.
Amid growing controversy about the way The Crown blurs reality and fiction, Netflix recently updated its description of the series to add a disclaimer to its trailer on YouTube which says it is a ‘fictional dramatisation’.
The previous fourth series of the drama was criticised for not doing enough to tell viewers it was a work of fiction.
A new cast is in place for series five and six of The Crown, with Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki playing Diana and Dominic West as Charles.
The sixth series, currently being filmed, will cover Diana’s death in 1997 and reportedly end with the wedding of Charles and Camilla in 2005.
The Crown has been a huge hit for Netflix. Each episode now costs around £11.5million.
Oh what a night! Evening teenage Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret crept out of Buckingham Palace to join London’s VE Day celebrations is recreated in Hull for series 6 of The Crown
A rare night of freedom for the young Princess Elizabeth has been recreated for The Crown – with actors spotted filming a re-enactment of the night the late monarch and her sister Princess Margaret escaped Buckingham Palace to join VE Day celebrations.
The young princesses’ historic night on the town will be documented in the hit Netflix’s drama last season – which is expected to air in late 2023.
The royal sisters have been recast for the fourth time in the show’s four-year history – with Viola Prettejohn, 18, stepping into the role of the late Queen while Beau Gadsdon, 14, takes on Princess Margaret.
Glimpses from the set in Hull show the sisters – who were just 19 and 14-years-old when WWII ended on May 8, 1945 – immersing themselves in the crowds while celebrating soldiers scale lamp posts and wave Union Jacks.
While The Queen famously wore her junior commander uniform for the evening out with her sister and cousin Margaret Rhodes, Princess Margaret appears in a salmon pink dress and pearl necklace for the heartwarming scenes.
Viola Prettejohn, 18,has been cast as a young Princess Elizabeth in season six of The Crown. The actress – pictured filming in Hull – is best known for playing Fake Ciri in The Witcher
Beau Gadsdon, 14, has been cast as Princess Margaret in the flashback scene in The Crown season six. The actress – pictured filming in Hull – has previously starred in Netflix’s The Crown
The royal sisters famously snuck out of Buckingham Palace on May 8, 1945 to celebrate the end of WWII with the crowds. Pictured: Netflix’s recreation of 1940s London
Princess Elizabeth served as a junior commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service during WWII. Pictured at the wheel of an army vehicle in 1945
As well as chatting to soldiers, the sisters are seen warming their hands over a bonfire in Netflix’s recreation of central London and singing along to chants from crowds.
On the 70th anniversary of VE Day in 2015, Princess Margaret told Channel 4 that the royal party was granted permission by the King to go and join the celebrations.
Margaret, Elizabeth and their cousin slipped through the Buckingham Palace gates at 9pm along with the future Queen’s lady-in-waiting Jean Woodroffe – who was 22 at the time.
The group also included Lord Porchester, later to become the Queen’s racing manager, and Peter Townsend, the king’s equerry who caused a national crisis a decade later when, as a divorcé, he won the heart of Princess Margaret.
The Queen revealed in 1985 that she tried to cover her face with a hat to avoid being recognised by crowds in London. Viola pictured wearing the uniform of the Auxiliary Territorial Service
Beau Gadsdon seen filming 1940s flashback scenes for the hit Netflix show in Hull, east Yorkshire
A Hitler doll dangles from a lampost in Netflix’s recreation of 1940s London.
Members of the public and soldiers wave Union Jacks as war is declared over in Netflix’s VE Day recreation
Reflecting on their evening out, Margaret said she ‘loved the freedom’ of ‘being an ordinary person’ – if only for a few hours.
In 1985, The Queen – who passed away at the age of 96 on 8 September 2022 – gave a rare interview about her VE Day experience.
Speaking to the BBC on the 40th anniversary of the historic occasion, the Queen said: ‘I think it was one of the most memorable nights of my life.
‘We were terrified of being recognised, so I pulled my uniform cap well down over my eyes.’
However, Her Majesty – who served as a junior commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service from 1944-1945 – was then called up on the state of her uniform by an unknowing Grenadier officer.
Black-and-white image taken on May 8 1945 shows cheering crowds in Piccadilly Circus celebrating the German surrender on VE Day
Crowds bring traffic to a standstill in Piccadilly Circus on May 8, 1945 with the boarded-up statue of Eros at its heart
Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were given permission by their parents to join the celebrating crowds on VE Day. Pictured on the Buckingham Palace balcony earlier in the day
With the princesses on their outing was the Queen’s cousin, the Hon Margaret Rhodes, 19, daughter of the Queen Mother’s elder sister Mary. She was just under a year older than the Queen, and the pair (pictured) remained friends until Margaret died in 2016, aged 91
She continued: ‘A Grenadier officer among our party of about 16 people said he refused to be seen in the company of another officer improperly dressed, so I had to put my cap on normally.’
At 10pm, the royal party moved down The Mall before heading to Whitehall.
The Queen continued: ‘I remember lines of unknown people linking arms and walking down Whitehall, all of us just swept along on a tide of happiness and relief.
‘I also remember when someone exchanged hats with a Dutch sailor; the poor man coming along with us in order to get his hat back.’
By 10:30pm, they had reached Trafalgar Square, which Margaret Rhodes told BBC documentary makers was ‘jammed’.
Describing the scene, she said: ‘It was a scene of joyful whoopee – full of people kissing policemen and other people. It was complete mayhem but rather nice mayhem.’
Netflix has recreated 1940s London in Hull, East Yorkshire. A glimpse of the set shows sandbags lining the streets as war is declared over
The final season of The Crown will revisit Elizabeth and Margaret’s VE celebrations as they went unrecognised by members of the public. Pictured: an extra on the set of The Crown
Princess Elizabeth in her Auxiliary Territorial Service uniform in front of an Army ambulance during the second world war in 1945.
An hour later, the group decided to take their celebrations to The Ritz and stunned ‘stuffy’ guests with their partying.
Margaret Rhodes recalled: ‘For some reason, we decided to go in the front door of the Ritz and do the conga. The Ritz was so stuffy and formal – we rather electrified the stuffy individuals inside.
‘I don’t think people realised who was among the party – I think they thought it was just a group of drunk young people. I remember old ladies looking faintly shocked. As one congaed through, eyebrows were raised.’
However, the young women still managed to keep their promise of making it back to the Palace by midnight – even though they failed to sneak back in unrecognised.
‘We were successful in seeing my parents on the balcony, having cheated slightly by sending a message into the house, to say we were waiting outside,’ The Queen admitted in 1985.
Before being cast as a young Princess Elizabeth, Viola Prettejohn has previously starred in Netlflix’s The Witcher while her co-star Beau Gadsdon is most famous for playing Katherine Ryan’s on-screen daughter in The Duchess.
It has been confirmed that the final season of The Crown will dramatise Princess Diana’s final months and her death in a tragic car crash in Paris in 1997 as well as featuring this Queen Elizabeth flashback scene.
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