The Curtain Closes on Princess Diana: The Crown Tackles Real-Life Tragedy
The highly-anticipated season six of The Crown has finally arrived on Netflix, and fans of the series have been waiting with bated breath to see how the show would tackle the real-life tragedy of Princess Diana’s death in 1997. The first four episodes of the final season dive headfirst into the compelling and tragic story of Diana’s relationship with Dodi Al-Fayed, the fatal car crash, and the aftermath of her untimely death.
In the episodes, viewers are taken on a journey through the early stages of Diana and Dodi’s relationship, exploring the joy and happiness they found in each other’s company. Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana, expressed the importance of showing this side of the princess, contrasting the inner and outer torment she had struggled with in prior seasons. The moments of joy and laughter shared with her children and the budding romance with Dodi shed light on a different side of Princess Diana, allowing the audience to see her in a new and vibrant light.
The relationship between Diana and Dodi was a central focus of the first three episodes, and Debicki emphasized the importance of capturing the depth and chemistry of their connection. She highlighted the ease and genuine chemistry she shared with Khalid Abdalla, who portrays Dodi. The actors found a natural and easy rapport, infusing their scenes together with a sense of calm and support. Their shared moments on screen serve to highlight the relief and understanding the characters found in each other, setting the stage for the tragedy that would soon follow.
One of the most emotionally charged scenes in the first part of the season is the haunting conversation between Diana and Charles after her death. Debicki and Dominic West, who portrays Prince Charles, approached the scene with raw emotion and vulnerability. Debicki shared the rawness of the moment, revealing that the tears shed on screen were real, as she and West allowed themselves to be consumed by the grief of their characters.
The Crown’s creators took creative liberties to explore the emotional and personal relationships within the royal family, allowing for closure and candid conversations that may not have occurred in real life. Debicki expressed the significance of these imagined conversations, allowing the characters to express emotions and sentiments they may not have been able to in reality. The depth and honesty of these interactions add a layer of authenticity and emotion to the storytelling, showcasing the raw humanity of the characters.
As Part 2 of season six approaches, viewers can expect to delve deeper into the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death and the impact it had on the royal family. The final episodes, set to release on December 14th, promise to bring the story of Princess Diana’s tragic end to a poignant and powerful close. The Crown’s exploration of this real-life tragedy is sure to leave a lasting impact on audiences, adding a new layer of depth and emotion to the iconic portrayal of Princess Diana’s legacy.