Who do you think you are? Geri Halliwell lookalike is spotted filming The Crown alongside Dominic West – after Spice Girl cheekily patted the royal’s bottom at a 1997 concert
- Netflix’s The Crown is filming its final season today at Winchester Cathedral
- A Geri Halliwell lookalike was spotted in a skimpy dress and Union Flag boots
- Priests and pages of honour extras have been going into the Hampshire church
Priests, Beefeaters, pages of honour and other extras in official uniforms have been flowing into the Hampshire church this morning.
Winchester Cathedral and its grounds are rumoured to be doubling for Westminster Abbey for the funeral of Princess Diana in 1997. But it appears it is also being used as a backdrop for other royal events in the sixth and last series.
The Crown’s Dominic West was spotted filming at Winchester Cathedral, wearing a morning suit
A Geri Halliwell double marched on to the set today – she was wearing a short, tassled blue dress similar to the one the Spice Girl wore to meet Prince Charles at the Royal Variety Performance where she pinched the now King’s bottom.
More than 100 extras also walked into the cathedral, some wearing white formal dresses used by bridesmaids.
There were also young page boys in red and gold outfits worn at the state opening of parliament and weddings. Others were also wearing clothes for royal occasions.
Is that you, Geri? A Ginger Spice lookalike was spotted on the set of The Crown Series 6 at Winchester Cathedral
The Prince of Wales gets a warm reception from the Spice girls, as he jokes with Geri Halliwell at the Princes Trust concert, Manchester on May 9th, 1997
Young women in bridesmaids-style dresses carrying their trainers in bags walk through a pay and display car park to the church
Actors dressed as Beefeaters were also seen striding into the cathedral from across a car park
Numerous pages of honour were also spotted entering the grounds at Winchester Cathedral
Pages of Honour participate in major ceremonies involving the British monarch, including coronations and the State Opening of Parliament
Actors dressed as priests were also spotted in costume heading on to the set at Winchester Cathedral
The Crown is filming at Winchester Cathedral with one Geri Halliwell lookalike wearing one of the star’s daring Spice Girls outfits arriving on set this morning
Fans are eagerly awaiting its release later this year, but the show is already courting controversy with its plans to depict the tragic death of Diana.
Winchester Cathedral is being as a substitute for Westminster Abbey, where the late Princess’ funeral took place on 6 September 1997.
More extras made their way onto set throughout the day for the final season of the Netflix drama
Beefeaters wear a red uniform with gold trimmings and the queen’s insignia on the chest on special occasions
Some more extras for the church scene were seen in colourful 90’s inspired suites and chic hats
The colourful extras donned bright vibrant colours for The Crown’s church scene at Winchester Cathedral
Another extra was spotted wearing a tabard with the Scottish quarterings of the Royal arms
The red outfit was decorated with the tree lions as well as a harp on a blue background in gold detailing
Extra’s made their way across the car park to Winchester Cathedral for the church scene wearing bright colours
Production staff were spotted carrying large bags of clothes toward the cathedral for the scene
The woman in white bridesmaid dresses wore dressing gowns over the ensemble to keep warm
Their hair was styled in a chic up style with a flower crown placed around the front for the scene
It will be closed to visitors later this month, on January 24 and 25, according to the Cathedral’s website, which is when filming is believed to be taking place.
The cast and crew filmed the funeral procession in October, the Royal Standard is draped over the coffin on the gun carriage – just as it was in real life – while actors dressed in the ceremonial uniform of the Welsh Guards march alongside.
The scene depicting a grief-stricken William and Prince Harry – then aged 15 and 12 – was filmed in secrecy at a disused RAF base.
Extras donned very colourful ensembles with one man wearing a bright orange suit paired with a green shirt
More extras donned blue, red and pink ensembles as they made their way into Winchester Cathedral
The car accident that took Princess Diana’s life occurred shortly after midnight on August 31, 1997, in Paris. Diana was alive when she was rushed to hospital, but eventually succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead hours later.
The Queen was vacationing with William and Harry, ages 15 and 12 at the time, at their Balmoral estate in Scotland at the time. In the middle of the night, she was informed of the accident through her secretary, but she decided to not wake the boys.
In December it emerged that crew members were reportedly disgusted that actress Elizabeth Debicki was made to lie in an open coffin and pretend to be the dead Princess Diana.
The show is already courting controversy with its plans to depict the tragic death of Diana (Dominic West as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in series five)
Location: Boxes of red and white roses were seen scattered across the floor
Venue: Winchester Cathedral is being as a substitute for Westminster Abbey
Shocking scenes from the script for the next season of the drama may start a fresh row for the streaming giant.
The sixth season of the show will feature medics covered in blood trying to save Diana, a distraught Prince Charles after seeing the body, and Prince William and Prince Harry at the funeral, The Sun reported.
There are fears over the impact the scenes depicting Princess Diana’s final moments before her fatal Paris car crash in 1997 will have on the princes.
Onlookers on set told The Sun that cast members were visibly upset during the filming of the scene. One said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Funeral: Diana’s funeral took place on September 6, 1997 at Westminster Abbey (King Charles, Prince Harry, Prince William and Prince Philip all pictured at the funeral)
Filming: Crew members from The Crown were seen setting up Winchester Cathedral on Saturday as they prepared to film scene’s for Princess Diana’s funeral
On set: The stunning Gothic church had cordons in place at the weekend
Breathtaking: Pictures from inside the Cathedral show it’s incredible interior
Decorative: An elaborate gold alter was seen in the church
Flowers: Props were pictured scattered around the church
They added: ‘Princes William and Harry never saw their mother dead in a coffin and they shouldn’t have to watch this. Nor should the British public.’
Crew members are said to be concerned that the scriptwriters and producers have gone over the top chasing ratings.
One spectator said: ‘Everyone was very uncomfortable doing the shoot. It is obscene and should be banned from broadcast.’
The next season will show scenes of Princess Diana lying on a table with frantic medics trying to save her.
Netflix has insisted the ‘exact moment’ of the crash will not feature in the controversial drama, which has come under fire for sensationalism and inaccuracy.
Actress Elizabeth Debicki was made to lie in an open coffin and pretend to be the dead Princess Diana for Netflix’s The Crown. Pictured, the show filming near the location of the car crash that killed Princess Diana
The sixth season of the show will feature a distraught Prince Charles after seeing the body of Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, in character above
A friend of Diana’s said the show’s makers could face accusations of ‘insensitivity’ over the filming in Paris. Debbie Frank, who was Diana’s astrologer, said it would be ‘terrible’ for William and Harry to see a recreation of the moments leading up to their mother’s death.
‘It’s obviously terrible for Diana’s children to have to see that again. It’s insensitive,’ she said.
She added: ‘I feel Diana’s death and the crash was the biggest shock our generation. It had such a huge impact across the national psyche.
‘I guess the makers of The Crown feel they are entitled to show a re-enactment of scenes leading up to her death and that it has dramatic impact. But relatives would think otherwise.’
One scene will reportedly show Prince Charles in floods of tears after the death of Princess Diana. Above, the couple played by Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki
Netflix crews film the moments before Princess Diana’s car crash in Paris for The Crown
Ken Wharfe, Diana’s former bodyguard, told The Sun that William will find the scenes ‘repulsive’ and Charles will be ‘appalled’.
Harry has confirmed that he watches Netflix’s controversial series The Crown – and ‘fact checks’ the show as he does.
The Duke of Sussex laughed as he revealed in a new TV interview that he has watched the ‘more recent’ episodes that portray ‘sensationalized’ accounts of his late mother Diana’s bulimia battle and her bitter divorce from his father.
The 38-year-old made the admission during an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
‘Yes I have actually watched The Crown,’ Harry – who has a production deal with Netflix that is reported to be worth $100 million – told Colbert after the late night host asked if he had seen the series.
‘The older stuff and the more recent stuff.’
Harry then burst into fits of laughter and mimed taking notes as Colbert questioned whether he ‘fact checks’ the show – before admitting: ‘Yes, I do actually.’