The Crown trailer: Tense new teaser for series 6 centres on Diana
Diana’s GHOST is star of The Crown: First trailer for series 6 shows Imelda Staunton’s Queen tell the late Princess: ‘You’ve finally succeeded in turning this house upside down’
- Breaking from tradition, the sixth and final season will be released in two parts
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A new trailer for the sixth and final series of Netflix’s The Crown has been released today – with Princess Diana’s controversial ‘ghost’ featuring as one of the key characters.
The clip, shared on social media by the streaming service, centres on the royal and her tragic death after the fatal Paris car crash in 1997.
Playing Queen Elizabeth II in the final season, Imelda Staunton’s character is seen telling Diana’s ghost that she’s ‘finally succeeded in turning this house upside down’.
Breaking from tradition, the upcoming series will be released in two sections. Part one will be available on the streaming service on November 16, while part two will be revealed on December 14.
The trailer opens with Elizabeth Debicki’s Diana playing the piano, while explaining in the voiceover: ‘I don’t really understand how I ended up here. Dashing around… and losing sight of myself in the process. I think that’s been the story of my whole life.’
A new trailer for the sixth and final series of Netflix’s The Crown has been released. Pictured, Diana’s ‘ghost’ speaking to Imelda Staunton’s Queen
It also shows Diana having difficulties dealing with media attention following the end of her marriage to Charles (Dominic West), the then Prince of Wales.
A royal advisor, while flicking through newspaper front pages dominated by Diana, then tells The Queen: ‘I’m afraid, Your Majesty, interest in the princess’s private life is unlikely to die down any time soon.’
To which Her Majesty responds: ‘All one wants is for that girl to find peace’, while scenes play of the Princess singing during a car drive with a young Prince William.
Her eldest son, played by Rufus Kampa during his teenage years, asks: ‘Mommy, you OK?’. The princess replies: ‘I’m OK, it’s just… It has all been a bit mad recently.’
Diana is then filmed receiving roses from lover Dodi Fayed (Khalid Abdalla) alongside a note, reading: ‘Paris next week?’ before the clip skips to the princess in a car surrounded by photographers.
Airing next month, the final series will explore the events surrounding Diana’s tragic death in Paris in 1997, and will close on the royal wedding of Charles and Camilla.
The controversial series has already made headlines following the news that Princess Diana will appear as a ‘ghost’ for an emotional reconciliation with a grieving Prince Charles.
Royal insiders suggested the latest instalment will likely be considered in poor taste, particularly as ‘deeply painful memories for members of the family are reduced to sensationalism’.
Her Majesty, played by Imelda, appears sombre during one scene shared in the teaser clip
Happy times: During the trailer, scenes play of the Princess singing during a car drive with a young Prince William (pictured together)
The teaser also shows Diana having difficulties dealing with media attention following the end of her marriage to Charles (Dominic West, pictured), the then Prince of Wales
The release of the trailer comes after it was revealed Princess Diana’s famous landmine walk has been recreated in the sixth and final season of Netflix’s The Crown.
In one of the last and most defining acts of her life, the princess was seen walking through a minefield in Angola to promote the vital work of a warzone charity.
Now, images from the hit series show actress Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Diana in season six of the royal drama, re-enacting the princess’ walk in 1997.
READ MORE: Everything we know so far about series 6 of The Crown – from Diana’s ghost to a young love story and a royal wedding
Debicki is seen wearing an exact replica of Diana’s outfit, which meticulously mimics her chunky gold earrings, blown-out hairstyle and white shirt.
It comes as Netflix boss Ted Sarandos revealed there’s a ‘wall around’ discussing The Crown with Prince Harry.
The streaming service’s CEO told Variety how he has never talked about the hit royal drama with the US-based Duke of Sussex, 39, who has an estimated £80million development deal at Netflix.
‘We keep a wall around this topic when we talk,’ he said, ‘for obvious reasons’, while The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan added that he’s also ‘never had the conversation with [Harry] about it’, despite the royal previously joking he ‘fact-checks’ the series.
Morgan, meanwhile, explained that he’s not read the Duke’s bombshell memoir Spare, explaining: ‘I’ve not read a word of it. Not that I wouldn’t be interested. But I didn’t want his voice to inhabit my thinking too much. I’ve got a lot of sympathy with him.’
Breaking from tradition, the sixth and final series will be released in two sections.
But the release of the images recreating Diana’s landmine walk has shown that the warzone charity supported by the princess has been snubbed in the final series.
British organisation, Halo Trust, has been snubbed by Netflix in its recreation of the visit – by replacing its name with a New Zealand-based group.
The Crown’s creators changed one key detail in Diana’s outfit: replacing the Halo Trust branded protective vest with a badge of a charity called ‘ReliefAid’.
Staff at the Halo Trust, which clears deadly landmines left in conflict zones, were understood to be baffled by the snub.
‘We weren’t asked or consulted about the scene. Obviously, we would have been delighted had our logo been on the PPE, which is what really happened,’ said a spokesperson for the charity.
They added: ‘Princess Diana’s advocacy helped to get the 1997 landmine ban over the line and that is an incredibly powerful legacy.’
In one of the last and most defining acts of her life, Princess Diana was seen walking through a minefield in Angola (pictured left) to promote the vital work of the Halo Trust. Pictured right, recently-released images show actress Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Diana in season six of the royal drama, re-enacting the Princess’ walk
Insiders at the Halo Trust felt it was ‘a shame’ that Netflix bosses chose not to include them, as the series could have promoted the charity to The Crown’s global audience of 73 million viewers.
The trust relies on donations for its life-saving work across six continents to clear landmines and explosives.
Mail readers donated £2.1million to The Halo Trust through the Mail Force campaign following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which helped finance its work to clear minefields in regions previously besieged by Kremlin forces.
The Crown’s snub also stirred confusion 11,000 miles away in New Zealand, home to a real humanitarian organisation called ReliefAid that provides emergency aid to conflict zones.
‘Netflix did not contact us and ReliefAid did not agree for Netflix to use our name,’ said Anne Bulley, ReliefAid’s communications director.
She added: ‘We were founded in 2015, have never worked in Angola and do not do mine clearance.
‘Perhaps Netflix would like to make a donation to The Halo Trust and ReliefAid to recognise their misrepresentation of both our organisations and the vital work we do to help victims of conflict.
‘I suspect the use of the name is a coincidence, because to my knowledge we are the only registered charity using the name ReliefAid.’
Netflix has released new images to promote the final series of the hit drama – including a poster (above) showcasing the three actors who played Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown standing side-by-side
It comes after Netflix released new images to promote the final series of the hit drama – including a poster showcasing the three actors who played Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown standing side-by-side.
Shared to X, formerly Twitter, today, the touching image was posted with the caption: ‘Duty lasts a lifetime.’
Advertising the final season of the series, the picture shows the latest Queen, Imelda Staunton, leading the three women.
Dressed in a black frock and a pearl necklace, she stands in front of Olivia Colman, who sports a shimmering diamond-encrusted gown and a dainty tiara.
Claire Foy – the first actress to play Queen Elizabeth in the series – is last to be seen in the poster as she stares out into the distance while sporting a dazzling tiara and a gold gown.
The Crown returns to Netflix on November 16.
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