Elizabeth Debicki recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly to discuss playing Princess Diana on screen in “The Crown.” Specifically, she talked about handling the sensitive subject of Diana’s death, which will be depicted in Season 5 of the series. Interviewer Clark Collis brought up concerns that the late princess’s death will not be handled sensitively — for example, a friend of Princess Diana spoke with The Sun in October 2022 criticizing “The Crown,” while some fans have expressed skepticism over the series keeping its Season 5 release date of November 2022 when it’s so soon after the Queen’s death. Debicki revealed that she had not heard these concerns, but was quick to defend creator Peter Morgan and all those involved behind the scenes.
Debicki said, “I’ll say that Peter and the entire crew of this job do their utmost to really handle everything with such sensitivity and truth and complexity, as do actors. The amount of research and care and conversations and dialogue that happen over, from a viewer’s perspective, something probably that you would never ever notice is just immense.” The actor added that she knew immediately upon meeting Morgan that challenging subject matter would be taken seriously and in a caring way.