Elizabeth Debicki films scenes as Princess Diana for The Crown with Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed

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Elizabeth Debicki once again proved she is Princess Diana’s double as she donned a casual black tank top and a red life vest on Friday to film new scenes for Netflix hit The Crown.

The Australian actress, 32, was joined by Egyptian-British actor Khalid Abdalla, who plays Diana’s tragic lover Dodi Fayed, as they filmed scenes on a yacht in the Mediterranean.

Based on the location, the scenes are thought to depict Diana and Dodi’s holiday on their luxury yacht in St. Tropez, France in 1997, weeks before they died.

Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana in The Crown, was joined by Egyptian-British actor Khalid Abdalla, who plays Diana's tragic lover Dodi Fayed, as they filmed scenes on a yacht in the Mediterranean

Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana in The Crown, was joined by Egyptian-British actor Khalid Abdalla, who plays Diana's tragic lover Dodi Fayed, as they filmed scenes on a yacht in the Mediterranean

Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana in The Crown, was joined by Egyptian-British actor Khalid Abdalla, who plays Diana’s tragic lover Dodi Fayed, as they filmed scenes on a yacht in the Mediterranean

Based on the location, the scenes are thought to depict Diana and Dodi's holiday on their luxury yacht in St. Tropez, France in 1997

Based on the location, the scenes are thought to depict Diana and Dodi’s holiday on their luxury yacht in St. Tropez, France in 1997

Elizabeth looked relaxed while playing the late Princess of Wales in a black tank top and comfortable baggy trousers. 

She kept the sun off her face with a green baseball cap which read ‘My Body My Choice’ and the star appeared to go make-up free. 

Meanwhile Khalid looked casual in a white shirt and navy trousers which he paired with brown leather sandals. 

The crew carried a lot of baggage as they boarded a boat which took the cast out to the luxury super yacht.   

Dodi and Diana were photographed enjoying each other’s company on his boat, named ‘Cujo’, in July 1997, just weeks before their deaths in a Paris car crash on August 31st the same year.

Elizabeth looked relaxed while filming the scenes in a black tank top under a red life vest and she donned comfortable baggy trousers

Elizabeth looked relaxed while filming the scenes in a black tank top under a red life vest and she donned comfortable baggy trousers

She kept the sun off her face with a green baseball cap which read My Body My Choice and the star appeared to go makeup free

She kept the sun off her face with a green baseball cap which read My Body My Choice and the star appeared to go makeup free

The star looked relaxed and comfortable as she went makeup free while taking a break from filming the famous scenes from 1997

The star looked relaxed and comfortable as she went makeup free while taking a break from filming the famous scenes from 1997

While Khalid looked casual in a white shirt and navy trousers which he paired with comfortable brown leather sandals as he enjoyed a lunch break

While Khalid looked casual in a white shirt and navy trousers which he paired with comfortable brown leather sandals as he enjoyed a lunch break

Khalid looked casual in a white shirt and navy trousers which he paired with comfortable brown leather sandals as he enjoyed a lunch break 

In May 2020, Fayed’s original yacht was sold for £171,000, with some observers telling The Sunday Express that the bid was surprisingly low, sparking fears that the memory of Diana was ‘fading’.

Royal author Margaret Holder, who penned Diana: The Caring Princess, a look at the Princess of Wales’ life published in 1999, said she felt it was: ‘A shame that this historic boat didn’t attract a higher bid as a remarkable souvenir of the last days of Diana’s life.’  

She added she felt it was surprising that royal fans did not pay more for the historical memorabilia. ‘Not long ago one could have expected a bidding war between wealthy Diana fans,’ she said.

‘I hope this isn’t a sign that memories of her unique allure are fading,’ she added.

Diana was famously photographed kissing Dodi on the vessel’s deck and sunbathing on his father’s yacht’s diving board that same summer.

Dodi and Diana were photographed enjoying each other's company on his boat, named'Cujo', in July 1997, just weeks before their deaths in a Paris car crash on August 31st the same year

Dodi and Diana were photographed enjoying each other’s company on his boat, named ‘Cujo’, in July 1997, just weeks before their deaths in a Paris car crash on August 31st the same year

Diana was famously photographed kissing Dodi on the vessel's deck and sunbathing on his father's yacht's diving board that same summer

Diana was famously photographed kissing Dodi on the vessel’s deck and sunbathing on his father’s yacht’s diving board that same summer

The crew set up the famous scenes on a look-a-like luxury yacht which was anchored in the middle of the Mediterranean for filming

The crew set up the famous scenes on a look-a-like luxury yacht which was anchored in the middle of the Mediterranean for filming 

The crew carried a lot of baggage as they boarded a boat which took the cast out to the luxury super yacht were they are filming scenes

The crew carried a lot of baggage as they boarded a boat which took the cast out to the luxury super yacht were they are filming scenes 

Elizabeth donned comfortable black Birkenstocks slip on shoes and carried a backpack as she took a break from filming scenes

Elizabeth donned comfortable black Birkenstocks slip on shoes and carried a backpack as she took a break from filming scenes 

The boat was used by Dodi as the venue for lavish parties in the South of France, mainly in St Tropez.   

Filming on The Crown was suspended for one day as a ‘mark of respect’ to the Queen, who passed away aged 96 on September 8 at Balmoral Castle.

Elizabeth was seen filming one of Diana’s final public appearances, when she visited the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, just four days after work on the series was paused.  

No doubt The Crown is adhering to a strict filming schedule to ensure its sixth and final series is released by Netflix on time.

The beauty wrapped a grey sweater around her waist as she chatted to the crew during a break in filming the scenes for the Netflix series

The beauty wrapped a grey sweater around her waist as she chatted to the crew during a break in filming the scenes for the Netflix series 

The actress wrapped her arm around a crew member while they halted filming for the day in in the Mediterranean for the popular series

The actress wrapped her arm around a crew member while they halted filming for the day in in the Mediterranean for the popular series 

Khalid was spotted on a dingy boat with other crew members as they made their way out to the yacht to film more scenes for The Corwn

Khalid was spotted on a dingy boat with other crew members as they made their way out to the yacht to film more scenes for The Corwn

The actor left the dingy to enjoy his lunch on the boardwalk with the rest of the crew members who appeared to be waiting with baggage

The actor left the dingy to enjoy his lunch on the boardwalk with the rest of the crew members who appeared to be waiting with baggage 

The actress waited on the boardwalk with some crew members and bags as they waiting for another dingy to arrive and collect them

The actress waited on the boardwalk with some crew members and bags as they waiting for another dingy to arrive and collect them 

Elizabeth's blonde locks appeared to be swept back and wet as she dried off in the Mediterranean sunshine with the rest of the crew

Elizabeth’s blonde locks appeared to be swept back and wet as she dried off in the Mediterranean sunshine with the rest of the crew 

Filming also did not take place on the day of the Queen’s funeral.

SER Catalunya had reported scenes that would cover Princess Diana’s death in August 1997 were being suspended following the death of Her Majesty.

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

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 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.’



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