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The Crown is branded ‘disrespectful’ and ‘tacky’ after starring Diana’s GHOST in first trailer for series 6 – as viewers call for hit Netflix show to let princess ‘rest in peace’


The Crown has been branded ‘disrespectful’ and ‘tacky’ online after featuring Princess Diana‘s ‘ghost’ in the first trailer for the sixth and final series of the hit Netflix drama.

Released today, the teaser shows sensationalised conversations between Diana and the late Queen, a watery-eyed King Charles and a ‘final’ phone call with William and his mother.

It has sparked divided opinion on social media, with some demanding that the hit series let the late Princess of Wales ‘rest in peace’.

‘What a load of rubbish this series has become,’ one wrote. ‘Shame on you.’ A second called the show ‘so d*mn tacky and disrespectful’. 

‘Never watched this series and the ‘ghost of Diana’ certainly wouldn’t tempt me to start now,’ they added. 

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

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

‘The Crown had me until I heard about the ghost scenes,’ a third penned. ‘At least pretend to be a docudrama and not a ghost story. She is gone, let her rest in peace!!!’ 

A commenter said: ‘I’ll get some peace when this d*mn series is all over with!’ ‘Nah, we good,’ another dismissed. 

Elsewhere, a viewer remarked: ‘They better make this last series more political about the big historical stories of the day (as in the earlier series) and not just a soap opera like the last one.’

However, many were also quick to praise Elizabeth Debicki’s performance as they expressed their excitement for part one of the series, which comes out on November 16.

‘Elizabeth Debicki truly deserves all the appreciation for playing Diana,’ one YouTube commenter said. ‘Emma Corrin slayed as the younger Diana too and now she’s carrying the torch.’

A second gushed: ‘The way this trailer focused mostly on Princess Diana showcases that she’s the Royal Family icon that’s absolutely timeless and will never be forgotten. I was born right after she passed away yet I missed her so much.’

Another said they’re ‘grateful’ that the series ‘will open upcoming generation’s eyes to reality of a woman who wanted nothing but love and acceptance’.

‘Every second of this trailer sent a chill down my spine,’ they added. ‘I was bawling my eyes out at the end. Princess Diana will forever be in our hearts.’ 

Her Majesty, played by Imelda, appears sombre during one scene shared in the teaser clip

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)

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 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

Reaction: The Crown has been branded 'disrespectful' and 'tacky' online after featuring Princess Diana's 'ghost' in the first trailer for the sixth and final series of the hit Netflix drama

Reaction: The Crown has been branded ‘disrespectful’ and ‘tacky’ online after featuring Princess Diana’s ‘ghost’ in the first trailer for the sixth and final series of the hit Netflix drama 

Netflix bosses are set to prompt controversy with the first part of their final series of the drama as the trailer reveals it will portray the royal family‘s most intimate moments in the run-up and aftermath of the crash that killed Diana in 1997.

Elizabeth Debicki, 33, returns for her second season playing the late Princess of Wales and is seen having a ‘final’ phone call with a 15-year-old William, played by Rufus Kampa, 17, before the fatal Paris crash.

William asks Diana if she is okay before she morbidly responds: ‘It’s all just been a bit mad recently,’ before there is a flash of bulbs and audiences see her stepping into the black Mercedes that would drive her to her death.

The crash is not explicitly revealed in the cryptic trailer but audiences glimpse a shot of Diana clutching onto Dodi Fayed’s hand in the back of the car.

A tight-lipped Queen, played by Imelda Staunton, 67, sensationally declares to Diana, ‘You’ve finally succeeded in turning this house upside down. It’s nothing less than a revolution,’ despite her late Majesty never revealing how she felt about her daughter-in-law.

Another scene shows Charles, played by Dominic West, on the phone after the Princess’s death as he grimly declares the funeral, ‘Will be the biggest thing that any of us have ever seen’.

The funeral, which was not shown in the trailer, was filmed at a disused RAF base five miles outside Bicester, Oxfordshire.

Scenes will show Princes William and Harry walking alongside King Charles, the Duke of Edinburgh and Earl Spencer in the procession of mourners behind the coffin of his mother.

The first four episodes will heavily feature the young princes as teenagers during the summer of 1997, when they split their time between their mother, who is with the Fayeds on board a yacht in the South of France and their father at Balmoral.

Viewers will also see the Queen being caught off-guard by the vast outpouring of grief following Diana’s death.

The shows will also feature Mohammed Al Fayed, who died earlier this year, processing the loss of his son while being shunned by the royals as Prince Williams returns to Eton school where he struggles to deal with his mother’s death.

Fans will have to wait until December 14 for the final six episodes which Netflix insiders say will be more ‘jolly.’ 

The scenes will show Prince William and Kate Middleton meeting at St Andrews University and the final programme will show King Charles and Queen Camilla – played by Olivia Williams – marrying in April 2005.

Today’s trailer, shared on social media by the streaming service, centres on Diana and her tragic death after the fatal Paris car crash in 1997.

Playing Queen Elizabeth II in the final season, Imelda’s character is seen telling Diana’s ‘ghost’ that she’s ‘finally succeeded in turning this house upside down’.

However, many were also quick to praise Elizabeth Debicki's performance as they expressed their excitement for part one of the series, which comes out on November 16

However, many were also quick to praise Elizabeth Debicki’s performance as they expressed their excitement for part one of the series, which comes out on November 16

Netflix recently 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

Netflix recently 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

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.’

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.

The final moments of the trailer appear to look at the aftermath of Diana and Dodi’s deaths following a car crash in a Paris tunnel in August 1997.

In the teaser, Dominic as Prince Charles can be heard saying the Queen should ‘be mother to the nation’ as there is talk of silence from Buckingham Palace.

He adds: ‘You’ve seen the images on the television, Diana gave people what they needed, all over the world in their thousands, and they adored her for it.’

The trailer ends with the line: ‘This is going to be the biggest thing that any of us have ever seen.’



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