The Crown ‘bosses are struggling to find a boy to play a young Prince Harry’


The Crown ‘bosses are struggling to find a boy to play a young Prince Harry in series five because of a shortage of ginger actors’

The Crown bosses are reportedly struggling to find a boy to play a young Prince Harry because there is a shortage of ginger-haired actors.

Prince Harry is due to appear in the fifth series of the hit Netflix show and will be shown from ages 6 to 13, covering the years 1990 to 1997.

According to The Sun, bosses are considering dying a child actor’s hair red so he bears an adequate resemblance to the Duke of Sussex

Search: The Crown bosses are reportedly struggling to find a boy to play a young Prince Harry because there is a shortage of ginger-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 wannabe cast member already has to tick a long line of boxes. But with the role of young Harry they wanted another crucial box ticking.

‘That’s proved incredibly difficult but they’re determined to cast the right actor and are considering taking any steps necessary to make him look the part.’ 

Harry was previously played by Arran Tinker in the fourth series but only briefly.

Timeline: Prince Harry is due to appear in the fifth series of the hit Netflix show and will be shown from ages 6 to 13, covering the years 1990 to 1997 (Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown)

Timeline: Prince Harry is due to appear in the fifth series of the hit Netflix show and will be shown from ages 6 to 13, covering the years 1990 to 1997 (Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles and Emma Corrin as Princess Diana in The Crown)

MailOnline has contacted Netflix for comment.

Harry’s parents Princess Diana and Prince Charles were portrayed by Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor in series four, respectively.

The Crown is set to start filming its hotly-anticipated fifth series in July.

According to Variety, crew are already starting to return to Elstree Studios ahead of the all new cast arriving to shoot scenes for the hit Netflix drama.

Backup plan: Bosses are considering dying a child actor's hair red so he bears an adequate resemblance to the Duke of Sussex (Harry pictured in 2002)

Backup plan: Bosses are considering dying a child actor’s hair red so he bears an adequate resemblance to the Duke of Sussex (Harry pictured in 2002)

A source said: 'They're determined to cast the right actor and are considering taking any steps necessary to make him look the part' (Harry and Princess Diana pictured in 1988)

A source said: ‘They’re determined to cast the right actor and are considering taking any steps necessary to make him look the part’ (Harry and Princess Diana pictured in 1988)

Elizabeth Debicki will be taking on the role of the Princess of Wales in the fifth series while Charles will reportedly be played by Dominic West.  

Lesley Manville, 64, is set to star as Princess Margaret, who was played by Helena Bonham Carter previously. Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip. 

Filming on series 5 will involve following strict Covid rules, however 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 Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet know which moments will be seen.

Cameo: Harry was previously played by Arran Tinker in the fourth series but only briefly

Cameo: Harry was previously played by Arran Tinker in the fourth series but only briefly

Role: Elizabeth Debicki will be taking on the role of the Princess of Wales in the fifth series (pictured in 2019)

Role: Elizabeth Debicki will be taking on the role of the Princess of Wales in the fifth series (pictured in 2019)

There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.

She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.

Other noteable events during the time 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.

Upcoming: Prince Charles will reportedly be played by Dominic West (pictured in 2019)

Upcoming: Prince Charles will reportedly be played by Dominic West (pictured in 2019)

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