As the acclaimed Netflix drama The Crown currently films its fifth and penultimate season, whispers courtesy of BOAT International have confirmed that the 73-metre superyacht TITANIA is taking centre stage in an iconic role for the television series.
The Lürssen vessel, which was delivered in 2006, will reportedly play the part of an Italian Codecasa yacht formerly known as JONIKAL (now BASH), once owned by Egyptian businessman Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Al-Fayed’s son, Dodi, famously spent the summer of 1997 aboard the yacht with Princess Diana during their romantic affair in St Tropez, before the two were killed in a car crash in late August of the same year.
The Crown’s fifth season will provide a fictional twist on the real-life affairs of the British royal family as the institution evolves towards the turn of the century. Diana’s death is slated to be the climax of this season, prior to the sixth and final season of the series that will follow.
Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby, The Night Manager, Tenet) will be introduced as Lady Dianna Spencer as the timeline enters the 1990s, taking the reigns from Emma Corrin in season four. Iconic scenes such as the one below will likely be filmed aboard the yacht TITANIA, which is actually 10 metres greater in length than JONIKAL.
The superyacht offers accommodation for 12 guests that are supported by 21 crew. Guests can enjoy everything from a beach club and a cinema to dual master cabins, as well as a fully-stocked toybox with diving gear and jetskis.
When not being used as a royal stand-in, the yacht is managed by Burgess with a weekly charter rate starting from €660,000.