The Crown Jewels are stolen: Thieves steal 200 gems and antiques worth £150,000 from the hit Netflix drama, including a rare replica Fabergé egg, after looting three lorries
- South Yorkshire Police say three vehicles were broken into near Doncaster
- The theft happened last Wednesday as The Crown was filming scenes for the fifth series
- Antique dealers have been urged to keep an eye out for the items, worth around £150,000
- A Netflix spokesperson says the incident will not delay the filming of a new series
Police are looking for thieves who raided lorries and stole around £150,000 worth of gems and antiques used in Netflix drama series The Crown.
South Yorkshire Police said three vehicles containing props used for TV and film were broken into near Doncaster last Wednesday and ‘a number of items were taken away’.
The 200 items stolen included an expensive replica of a Russian Fabergé egg purchased by King George V and Queen Mary, candelabras, jewellery, a grandfather clock and silverware.
Elizabeth Debicki takes on the coveted role of Princess Diana in the fifth series of The Crown
Items stolen included an expensive replica of a Russian Fabergé egg purchased by King George V and Queen Mary
A source told The Sun: “The producers have an incredible eye for detail and each item has been meticulously chosen. Losing the lot is just heartbreaking.
South Yorkshire Police said officers investigated the incident while antique dealers were to keep an eye out for valuables.
The Sun reported that the thieves managed to gain access to the trucks ahead of the filming of scenes with Imelda Staunton as Queen and Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip as part of the fifth series of The Crown.
A Netflix spokesperson said the incident would not delay filming as “replacements will be found”.
The fifth series of The Crown will see Staunton reprise the role of Queen from Olivia Colman, while Lesley Manville is set to play her sister Princess Margaret, replacing Helena Bonham Carter.
Pryce will reprise the role of Prince Philip for seasons showing the Royals navigating the 1990s and early 2000s while Elizabeth Debicki will take over the coveted role of Princess Diana from Emma Corrin.
James Murray will take on the role of Prince Andrew, replacing Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four.
The final two series of The Crown will cover the history of the Royal Family through the 1990s and up to 2003 and plan to include the Queen giving a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, during which she called the year an annus horriblis.
The fifth series of The Crown will see Imelda Staunton (pictured) reprise the role of Queen from Olivia Colman
She was referring to the breakdown of the marriages of three of her children; The divorce of Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Charles from Princess Diana.
The breakdown of the relationship between Charles and Diana will be a central element of the new series.
The fourth series of The Crown, which aired in November last year, told the story of the early romance between Charles and Diana.