Makers of Royal drama The Crown have launched a glitzy publicity campaign to distract from the criticism it has received over recreating Princess Dian
Makers of Royal drama The Crown have launched a glitzy publicity campaign to distract from the criticism it has received over recreating Princess Diana’s death.
The show’s sixth season hasn’t even aired yet but the three actors making their screen debuts as young Kate Middleton, and Princes William and Harry are being paraded around by Netflix at exclusive events.
The new series will follow events from the late 1990s to the early 2000s. Netflix was blasted for its ‘odious’ filming of scenes recreating Diana’s death in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997. But producers hope to deflect from controversy by focusing their PR blitz for the new series on actors playing Kate, William and Harry.
Sources said this was an apparent attempt to recreate the once-strong bond between their royal characters.
Drama: Meg Bellamy (left), 20, who plays Kate and Ed McVey (right), 22, who plays William pictured
Profile: The pair have been attending high-profile parties together in recent weeks
Before relations turned sour after Harry met Meghan Markle, he, Kate and William shared a close bond and were regularly pictured laughing and smiling together at charity events, royal occasions and parties.
Earlier this month, the three actors were pictured together promoting the high-end jewellery brand Cartier at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. They also all attended Netflix’s party with British Vogue in May. McVey and Ford also went to Paris Fashion Week together.
However, Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Diana in the upcoming series, has been nowhere to be seen.
A source said: ‘The Diana death scenes will be awful and prompt huge controversy around the world so you can see what Netflix is doing here, trying to overcompensate for that by giving the viewers the glory days of Kate, William and Harry, and not just on screen but off too.
‘They are being put out there a lot, especially when you consider they haven’t even been on the television yet.’
Last year Netflix crew were pictured in Paris filming a scene of Princess Diana’s car being chased by paparazzi – which was met with widespread outrage.
Upcoming: Former stars Claire Foy and Olivia Colman are returning to film scenes for the final run, alongside Imelda Staunton, 67, who has played The Queen in her later years
The streaming service insisted Diana’s death in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel would not be recreated but an insider revealed her final days and hours would be.
Royal biographer, William Shawcross, branded the series ‘odious’ and ‘deliberately hurtful’.
Netflix has been repeatedly accused of not clarifying between actual events and scripted ones. But last year the streaming service refused to add a disclaimer to the show.