The Crown casts Khalid Abdalla as Princess Dianas boyfriend Dodi Fayed

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The peoples' Princess, Diana, has had her last boyfriend cast in the newest series of The Crown.

Film producer Dodi Fayed, 42, was the son of billionaire and former Harrods owner Mohamed Fayed.

British actor Khalid Abdalla, 39, who starred in the 2007 film The Kite Runner, has been cast in the role.

Israeli actor Salim Dau, 70, will play Dodi’s father, Variety magazine reported.

Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, 31, will replace British star Emma Corrin as Diana in the fifth series of the Netflix series.

The actors will depict the night in 1997 when Dodi and Diana, 36, were both killed when their Mercedes crashed in a tunnel in Paris.

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They had stopped in Paris en route to London, after spending nine days on holiday together in the French and Italian Rivieras on the Al Fayed family yacht, the Jonikal.

Diana’s death posed some problems for the queen as she was criticised for the way she handled Diana’s death but she also had two grieving grandsons in young Prince William and Harry to consider.

Elizabeth Debick spoke about her casting, saying: “Princess Diana's spirit, her words and her actions live in the hearts of so many. It is my privilege and honour to be joining this masterful series, which has had me absolutely hooked from episode one.”

Iconic actor and BAFTA winner Imelda Staunton will replace Olivia Colman to play Queen Elizabeth II.

Speaking about joining the hit show, Imelda, 65, said she is "frightened" to take on the mammoth role of Queen Elizabeth in The Crown.

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Imelda said she has an "extra challenge" playing a recent role as it will be the freshest version in the audience's mind.

The IT Crowd and Humans star Claudia Harrison will play Princess Anne in the fifth series

Theo Fraser Steele, who was in The Thick of It but also owns a London deli, will play Princess Anne's husband Timothy Laurence.

British actor James Murray, 46, will take on the role of Prince Andrew.

Dominic West, 51, is to play Prince Charles in the final two series of the show, while Lesley Manville, 65, will play the Queens sister, Princess Margaret.

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Jonathan Pryce has said he feels "confident" about "tackling the daunting prospect of portraying Prince Philip" or the Queen's longest consort.

The Crown swept the board at the 2021 Emmy Awards winning Outstanding Drama Series and Olivia Colman, Josh O'Connor, Gillian Anderson and Tobias Menzies all winning individual awards for their work on the show.

The Royal drama was the night's biggest winner, with seven awards and many wins in the dramatic acting categories alongside football comedy Ted Lasso, which also did well.

The series beat many major shows such as The Boys, Bridgerton, The Handmaid's Tale, Lovecraft Country, The Mandalorian, Pose, and This Is Us, giving Netflix its first win in the most sought after of Emmy categories.

The Crown is available to stream on Netflix

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