'The Crown' Filmed a Pivotal Princess Diana Scene in Prince William's "Front Garden"

An insider thought this was a questionable decision.

Lord Palumbo greets Princess Diana, wearing a short black cocktail dress designed by Christina Stambolian, as she atttends a Gala at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park
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Another day, another drama from the set of The Crown. The show has once again come under fire—this time because of the choice of location to film the scene of Princess Diana arriving in her "revenge dress" at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1994.

This moment happened on the same day that Prince Charles admitted to cheating on his wife on television, according to The Sun. The Princess of Wales' short, sweetheart-necklined, off-the-shoulder black dress was dubbed "revenge dress" for obvious reasons.

Elizabeth Debicki, who portrays Diana in the upcoming fifth season of The Crown, wore a similar dress to film the scene, which was set in the same place where it actually happened, which just so happens to be in Kensington Gardens—Prince William's "front garden."

Elizabeth Debicki attends the Dior Womenswear Spring/Summer 2022 show as part of Paris Fashion Week

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"They could have chosen any location to recreate this scene, but they opted to select a spot which can almost be viewed by William from his bedroom window," a TV insider told The Sun. “Just imagine if he had seen."

The source continued, "There’s also likely to be questions asked about how any permission was given to use a royal park to film a drama which the Royal Family has been so deeply unhappy about. But even more bewildering is the fact The Crown was allowed to film in a park which is also the home of Prince William."

While it's unlikely that Prince William did in fact spot the actress in one of his mom's most iconic outfits, it's true that that could have been pretty upsetting if he had. Not to mention that he and other members of his family have already been less than impressed by some of The Crown's creative decisions.

Iris Goldsztajn
Morning Editor

Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of British Vogue, InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29 and SELF. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.