Crown bosses would be hard pressed to find a boy to play young Prince Harry as there is a dearth of red-haired actors.
Prince Harry is set to appear in the fifth series of the hit Netflix series and will air from ages 6 to 13, spanning the years 1990 to 1997.
According to The Sun, bosses are considering dyeing a child actor’s hair red so that it looks enough like the Duke of Sussex.
Research: Crown bosses would be hard pressed to find a boy to play young Prince Harry as there is a shortage of red-haired actors (Prince Harry pictured in May 2021)
A source told the publication: “Bosses have incredibly high standards when it comes to the actors they hire.
“So any aspiring cast member has to tick a long line of boxes already. But with the role of young Harry, they wanted another crucial box.
“It has proven to be incredibly difficult, but they are determined to pick the right actor and plan to take whatever steps it takes to make him look like the role. ”
Harry was previously played by Arran Tinker in the fourth series, but only briefly.
Timeline: Prince Harry is set to appear in the fifth series of the hit Netflix series and will air from ages 6 to 13, spanning the years 1990 to 1997 (Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown)
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Harry’s parents, Princess Diana and Prince Charles, were played by Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor in series four, respectively.
The Crown is set to begin filming on its highly anticipated fifth series in July.
According to Variety, the team is already starting to return to Elstree Studios ahead of the all-new cast arriving to shoot scenes for the hit drama Netflix.
Back-up plan: Bosses plan to dye the hair of a child actor red so that it resembles the Duke of Sussex sufficiently (Harry pictured in 2002)
A source said: ‘They are determined to pick the right actor and plan to take whatever steps are necessary to make him look like the role’ (Harry and Princess Diana pictured in 1988)
Elizabeth Debicki will take on the role of the Princess of Wales in the fifth series while Charles will be played by Dominic West.
Lesley Manville, 64, is slated to star as Princess Margaret, who was previously played by Helena Bonham Carter. Jonathan Pryce, 73, will reprise the role of Prince Philip.
Filming for Series 5 will involve following strict Covid rules, but the UK is hoping to ease restrictions throughout the summer, with some measures already changing.
The final two series of The Crown will cover the history of the Royal Family throughout the 1990s and through 2003, but it is not yet clear what moments will be seen.
Cameo: Harry has already been played by Arran Tinker in the fourth series but only briefly
Role: Elizabeth Debicki will take on the role of The Princess of Wales in the fifth series (pictured in 2019)
There are several poignant moments that could be used, including the Queen delivering a speech on the 40th anniversary of her membership in 1992, in which she called the year ‘annus horriblis’.
She was referring to the breakdown of the marriage of three of her children; The divorce of Prince Andrew, Princess Anne and Prince Charles from Princess Diana.
Other notable events during the period included a fire at Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary in 1997, and the deaths of Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother and the Princess of Wales.
Coming up: Prince Charles reportedly played by Dominic West (pictured from 2019)