The Crown’s Khalid Abdalla films scenes as Diana’s lover Dodi Fayed on superyacht in Marbella

The Crown star Khalid Abdalla has been seen on set for the first time after it was reported he’d landed the role of Princess Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed. 

The British actor, 39, was spotted arriving to film scenes for the Netflix alongside his wife Cressida Trew and Welsh actress Erin Richards as they boarded a replica of the mogul’s famous £170,000 superyacht in Marbella.

Khalid will appear opposite Elizabeth Debicki who is set to take over the role of Princess Diana for The Crown’s fifth and sixth seasons, with Netflix confirming on Saturday the series will return in November 2022.

Dramatic: Khalid Abdalla has been seen on set for the first time after it was reported he'd landed the role of Princess Diana's boyfriend Dodi Fayed in The Crown

RIP: Dodi pictured above in New York, 1997, months before his death in the same car accident as the Princess

Dramatic: Khalid Abdalla has been seen on set for the first time after it was reported he’d landed the role of Princess Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Fayed in The Crown, as he appeared to be filming the mogul’s getaway with the late Royal in Marbella

After arriving at the port for a day of filming, Khalid was seen boarding a small speedboat to make his way to the yacht, which no doubt will perfectly replicate the extravagant wealth of the Fayed family.

The actor was in high spirits as he embraced his co-star Erin, whose role in the series is not yet known, while the boat took them to the entrance of the vast Titania yacht where they’d be filming.

The Titania, which boasts seven cabins and can sleep up to 12 guests, is typically available to rent for £474,363 ($643,000) per week in the summer, and will act as a stand-in for Fayed’s actual yacht.

Sprawling: The British actor was spotted arriving to film scenes for the Netflix on the Titania, which will act asa replica of the mogul's famous £170,000 superyacht in Marbella

Sprawling: The British actor was spotted arriving to film scenes for the Netflix on the Titania, which will act asa replica of the mogul’s famous £170,000 superyacht in Marbella

Jovial: Khalid was accompanied by multiple crew members as well as his wife Cressida Trew, and Welsh actress Erin Richards, whose role in the series is not yet known

Jovial: Khalid was accompanied by multiple crew members as well as his wife Cressida Trew, and Welsh actress Erin Richards, whose role in the series is not yet known

Given that there were no such visits by the Royal Family to Spain in the 1990s, it’s thought the cast could be filming Diana’s famous getaway to Saint Tropez with Dodi in July 1997, just weeks before their deaths in a tragic car accident in Paris.

Dodi and Diana were photographed enjoying each other’s company on his boat, named ‘Cujo’, in July 1997, just weeks before their deaths in a Paris car crash on August 31st the same year. 

In May 2020, Fayed’s original yacht was sold for £171,000, with some observers telling The Sunday Express that the bid was surprisingly low, sparking fears that the memory of Diana was ‘fading’.

Royal author Margaret Holder, who penned Diana: The Caring Princess, a look at the Princess of Wales’ life published in 1999, said she felt it was: ‘a shame that this historic boat didn’t attract a higher bid as a remarkable souvenir of the last days of Diana’s life.’ 

She added she felt it was surprising that royal fans did not pay more for the historical memorabilia. ‘Not long ago one could have expected a bidding war between wealthy Diana fans,’ she said.  

‘I hope this isn’t a sign that memories of her unique allure are fading,» she added.

Diana was famously photographed kissing Dodi on the vessel’s deck and sunbathing on his father’s yacht’s diving board that same summer.

The boat was used by Dodi as the venue for lavish parties in the South of France, mainly in St Tropez.

In the summer of 1997, the millionaire son of former Harrods owner Mohammed Al-Fayed entertained the former Princess of Wales on the yacht.

The pair were photographed kissing and embracing on the deck almost a year after Diana and Prince Charles’s divorce was agreed upon. Diana, then 36, was spotted strutting on the deck, making the most of the Mediterranean sun and her new romance.

The couple also spent most of their time of Dodi’s father Mohammed’s super yacht the Jonikal (now known as the Sokar) that same summer.

A snap of the former royal gazing into the distance from the yacht’s diving board was one of the last pictures ever taken of Diana.

The Crown series 5: The crew returned to the Costa del Sol for upcoming scenes as filming got underway in sunny Marbella on Monday

The Crown series 5: The crew returned to the Costa del Sol for upcoming scenes as filming got underway in sunny Marbella on Monday

On Monday it was revealed that The Crown’s cast had headed to the Costa Del Sol to film series for the drama, as director Philip Martin was pictured on the set.  

The last two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family in the 1990s to 2003.

The crew will be picking up the story where it left off in the fourth season – and the latest trip to the Costa del Sol is not the team’s first.

History: There were no official visits to Spain by the royals in the 1990s and it is thought that the crew could have been filming scenes from when Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed visited St. Tropez in 1997 together (pictured)

History: There were no official visits to Spain by the royals in the 1990s and it is thought that the crew could have been filming scenes from when Diana and her lover Dodi Fayed visited St. Tropez in 1997 together (pictured) 

On set: A vintage Mercedes garnered much attention as it was photographed with scenic accommodation in the background

On set: A vintage Mercedes garnered much attention as it was photographed with scenic accommodation in the background

New scenes: Shots captured in sunny southern Spain showed director Philip Martin on set of the highly anticipated fifth series

New scenes: Shots captured in sunny southern Spain showed director Philip Martin on set of the highly anticipated fifth series

Scenic: Another moment from on set gave a glimpse of a luxe yacht, as suited and booted men gathered around an additional car that was depicted in the foreground

Scenic: Another moment from on set gave a glimpse of a luxe yacht, as suited and booted men gathered around an additional car that was depicted in the foreground

In the third series, the Torremolinos Palacio de Ferias was transformed into a 1960s airport. 

A royal visit of Charles and Diana’s was also recreated in Malaga for the fourth series. 

The crew used the roof of the AC Malaga Palacio hotel to film scenes of a crowd welcoming the couple to Brisbane in Australia. 

Future scenes: The last two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family in the 1990s to 2003

Future scenes: The last two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family in the 1990s to 2003

Back in Spain: The crew will be picking up the story where it left off in the fourth season - and the latest trip to the Costa del Sol is not the team's first

Spanish return: In the third series, the Torremolinos Palacio de Ferias was transformed into a 1960s airport and a royal visit of Charles and Diana's was also recreated in Malaga for the fourth series

Back in Spain: The crew will be picking up the story where it left off in the fourth season – and the latest trip to the Costa del Sol is not the team’s first

Elsewhere, Gillian Anderson, who took on the role of Margaret Thatcher, filmed scenes at the Gran Hotel Miramar.  

Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin – Prince Charles and Diana in the previous series – featured in scenes shot in the gardens of Concepción, where it looked as if the royals were driving through Adelaide in Australia in a car.

Diana and Dodi were photographed kissing and embracing on the deck of his boat in St Tropez almost a year after her and Prince Charles’s divorce was agreed upon.

Diana, then 36, was spotted strutting on the deck, making the most of the Mediterranean sun and her new romance.

The couple also spent most of their time of Dodi’s father Mohammed’s super yacht the Jonikal (now known as the Sokar) that same summer.

A snap of the former royal gazing into the distance from the yacht’s diving board was one of the last pictures ever taken of Diana.

Final days: A snap of Diana and Dodi Fayed enjoying each other's company on his father's yacht Jonikal (now called the Sokar) in St Tropez in the summer of 1997

Final days: A snap of Diana and Dodi Fayed enjoying each other’s company on his father’s yacht Jonikal (now called the Sokar) in St Tropez in the summer of 1997 

The couple died in a tragic car accident which shook the world on August 31 1997 in Paris, which killed their driver, Henri Paul as well.

The yacht was built in 1972 by Baglietto Shipyard for entrepreneur and playboy John Von Neumann,. It was intended to be one of the fastest yachts around at the time. 

Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki, 31, has already been announced as replacing British star Emma as Diana in the fifth series of the Netflix drama. 

Imelda Staunton will replace Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles will now be played by Dominic West. 

Key historical moments involving the Royal Family between 1999 and 2003

1999: The marriage of the Queen’s son Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex: The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel in Windsor. 

2000: The Queen celebrates the Millennium: Millennium celebrations take place throughout the UK. The Millennium Dome in London is officially opened by HM The Queen on January 1.    

2001: Queen Elizabeth reacts to 9/11 terrorist attacks: A week after the tragedy she sent a message to the British ambassador to Washington, Sir Christopher Meyer to offer her condolences. 

She wrote: ‘Each and every one of us has been shocked and numbed by what we have witnessed in these recent days. 

‘At your service today, we think especially of the British victims. These are dark and harrowing times for families and friends of those who are missing or who suffered in the attack – many of you here today. 

‘My thoughts and my prayers are with you all now and in the difficult days ahead’. 

On September 13 The Queen ordered the Changing of the Guard ceremony to be paused for a two minute silence, followed by the playing of the American national anthem. 

2002: The Queen’s Golden Jubilee: The Queen celebrated the milestone on February 6 and it was an international event to mark the 50th anniversary of her ascension to the throne. 

On June 4, an estimated one million people headed to central London to line The Mall on the last day of the official celebrations.

Queen guitarist Brian May played ‘God Save The Queen’ from the roof of Buckingham Palace in her honour. 

2002: The Queen dines at 10 Downing Street with the five living former Prime Ministers who served under her. She met with Tony Blair, John Major, Margaret Thatcher, James Callaghan and Edward Heath.

2002: The death of Princess Margaret: The Queen’s younger sister dies after suffering a stroke aged 71. The pair had had a troubled relationship after The Queen said she couldn’t marry her love Peter Townsend. 

2002: The Queen Mother dies: She passed away aged 101 at Royal Lodge Windsor. 

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