These antique props stolen in an overnight robbery in South Yorkshire were supposed to be used for The Crown season 5. They were mostly to be used in scenes starring Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) as Queen Elizabeth II.
Following the incident, Netflix has confirmed the theft but has said that production will not be delayed any further. A Netflix spokesperson said: “We can confirm the antiques have been stolen and we hope that they are found and returned safely. Replacements will be sourced; there is no expectation that filming will be held up.”
Regarding the crime itself, a spokesperson said that “Police were called at 4.30pm on Wednesday 16 February following a report of theft from vehicles at Pastures Road, Doncaster."
“Officers investigated the incident but all existing lines of inquiry have now been exhausted. The case has been filed pending any new lines of inquiry.”
In my opinion, it's quite sad that many of the props were stolen from the set. As we know, so much work and money goes into making television. As a fan of The Crown myself, it saddens me more because it is genuinely such a brilliant show that I believe everyone should watch.
The Crown is set to return later this year for its fifth season with a brand new cast. Based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II, the previous four seasons have centred around poignant events from her reign. The latest season focused upon the introduction of Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and the complicated relationship between her and Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) as well as former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson).
This season, we will witness Imelda Staunton take over from Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Lost Daughter) as Queen and Elizabeth Debicki's (Widows, Tenet) debut as Princess Diana.
The season itself is expected to take place in the 1990's, which (as we all know) was a very turbulent time for the Royal Family. In 1995, Diana took part in an interview with journalist Martin Bashir; an interview that is still making waves 25 years later. In 1996, Prince Charles and Princess Diana divorced, before Diana was killed in a car crash in 1997. Where the series will end in this timeline is another question. Who knows?
Unfortunately, it's been revealed that season 6 will be the final season of the show. Bringing the narrative into the early 2000's, fans could witness the introduction of the Duchess of Cambridge as well as a party-goer Prince Harry in his youth. Whatever the plot, I'm still excited to see what comes.
Season 5 of The Crown is coming soon to Netflix.