The Crown halts filming of Princess Diana car crash scenes in Barcelona and suspends production on series six ‘for a week’ in a mark of respect following the death of the Queen

  • Scenes portraying the car crash which killed Princes Diana due to film today 
  • Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96, filming is halted
  • Netflix series The Crown is due to suspend all production for at least a week 
  • Full coverage: Click here to see all our coverage of the Queen’s passing

Filming for award-winning Netflix series The Crown has been suspended following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

A scene covering Princess Diana’s tragic death in Paris in August 1997 was scheduled to be filmed today in Barcelona, Spain.

However, filming on the sixth series of the show has been halted for at least a week following the death of the Queen at the age of 96 on Thursday.

Filming for scenes portraying the death of Princess Diana in a car crash in 1997 in series six of The Crow has been suspended, with reports suggesting production will not resume for another week (pictured: a street in Barcelona designed to resemble Paris)

The fifth and sixth series of The Crown will see Elizabeth Debicki play the late Princess Diana, who died in a car crash in August 1997 with her boyfriend Dodi Fayed

The monarch passed away peacefully at Balmoral after Buckingham Palace announced she was ‘under medical supervision’ when doctors said they had become concerned for her health.

As series five of the drama is due to air this autumn, filming for the sixth series is well underway with Elizabeth Debicki playing the late Princess of Wales and Imelda Staunton taking the role of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

However, SER Catalunya reported scenes that would portray the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997 were being suspended.

The set, which had been built in a district of Barcelona, had been modified to resemble a Parisian street with French road signs.

A reporter for the outlet tweeted a video and photos of the set which looks completely empty. 

Imelda Staunton will be taking on the role of the late Queen Elizabeth II in series five and six of The Crown, following on from Olivia Colman

The decision not to film today comes as the Netflix show announced it was pausing production altogether for at least a week.

Filming was due to start in Majorca next week and run to late October following casting for extras for the forthcoming series – but plans changed after news of the Queen’s death broke. 

Netflix had reportedly devised a plan, also named Operation London Bridge like the official funeral plan for the Queen, to outline what the production company for The Crown would do in the event of her passing.

One of the show’s creators Stephen Daldry said when the show first premiered in 2016 the cast would likely stop production, saying: “It would be a simple tribute and a mark of respect. She’s a global figure and it’s what we should do.”

Peter Morgan, writer of the drama, was quoted after news of the Queen’s death was confirmed late yesterday/on Thursday as saying: “The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect. I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”

Locations in Palma and Andratx are said to have been considered for the sixth series, which will cover the romance of Charles and Camilla and William’s university studies.

Part of season five of the popular series was shot on the Balearic island last year, with Sant Elm beach on the west coast and the Port of Soller among the locations where filming took place.

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