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Zoe Delaney

Princess Diana's chef blasts The Crown as he spots 'sick and fake' detail in funeral scene

Princess Diana 's former chef has hit out at Netflix amid rumoured scenes filmed for future episodes of The Crown.

Darren McGrady - who worked as a personal chef for several members of the Royal Family between 1982 and 1993 - slammed the period drama amid reports actress Elizabeth Debicki lies in a coffin when filming scenes following Diana's on-screen death for the show.

The chef took aim at the award-winning fictional series as he shared an article that alleges crew working on The Crown were 'disgusted' by the decision to have actress Elizabeth pretending to be dead mum-of-two.

Although no official details about the sixth and final series of the drama have been confirmed, it's reported Dominic West's version of Prince Charles - now King Charles - will be distraught after seeing the body of his former wife.

Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales will apparently be shown 'lying in a coffin' in the new series (PA)

The episodes covering the aftermath of Diana's 1997 car crash in paris will also show a fictional version of the heartbreaking moment young Prince William and Prince Harry walked behind their mother's coffin.

For the public showings and her state funeral in September 1997, Princess Diana's coffin remained closed and was covered in a royal standard flag.

Taking to his Twitter account following the alleged scenes being filmed, Mr McGrady wrote: "Princess Diana's casket was closed when she laid in rest at the Chapel Royal, St James Palace. I know, I was there.

Diana's coffin being carried inside Westminster Abbey for her funeral service in September 1997 (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

"This latest from #TheCrown5 is sick!"

The chef's tweet on Tuesday follows reports some cast and crew members were disturbed when apparently filming the scenes.

"They actually made Elizabeth climb into a coffin and play dead as Diana. Viewers will see a French priest administering the last rites for Diana as she is pronounced deceased," one onlooker on set told The Sun.

"Prince Charles enters the room and is in floods of tears. In his hysteria he notices that Diana is missing an earring. It is all he can focus on as grief envelops him."

The moment the two princes mourned their mother in public will be recreated for the new series of The Crown (POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Another onlooker told the publication how "everyone was very uncomfortable doing the shoot" and called for the scenes to be "banned from broadcast".

In October, witnesses claimed the fictional drama shot scenes involving Elizabeth, who plays the late star in the fifth and upcoming sixth series, in a black Mercedes just 100 yards from the Alma tunnel, Paris - where Diana tragically died in 1997.

Netflix bosses have previously claimed the "exact moment" of the crash will not be shown on screen.

The Crown has been causing controversy over recent months (Press Association Images)

The fifth series of The Crown, released on November 9, took inspiration from the pressure put upon the monarchy as Charles and Diana’s marriage was collapsing and in the lead-up to Diana's infamous interview with Martin Bashir in 1995.

The future King of England, Prince William is said to have has made his feelings "very clear" about hit Netflix show The Crown featuring the death of his mother Diana and her interview with Martin, according to reports.

Diana's tell-all interview was watched by an estimated 200 million people and became one of the most-talked about moments of the 20th century, but in 2021, a BBC investigation, launched by Diana's brother Earl Charles Spencer, found that Martin commissioned fake bank statements in order to mislead Diana into telling her story.

Prince William and Harry issued a joint statement denouncing the Panorama interview in May 2021, saying, "It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said. The interview was a major contribution to making my parents' relationship worse and has since hurt countless others."

A source told The Telegraph earlier this month that the future king feels The Crown are using the Bashir interview and the "dramatisation of it for financial gain".

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