Netflix bosses have been branded "sadistic and wicked" for recreating Princess Diana's final hours in The Crown.
The royal drama will drop its fifth season to the streaming service next month.
Its sixth and final series is currently in production and will chart the events leading up to Diana's death in Paris in August 1997.
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With scenes of Diana in a limo prior to her fatal traffic collision set to feature, her friend Simone Simmons has slammed streaming bosses as "cruel, sadistic and wicked".
She also shared concern for the programme's potential to "upset" Diana's sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
Simone told The Sun: "These are cruel, sadistic and wicked people to recreate these moments. They are the lowest of the low.
"They are rewriting history as they go along and that’s what makes me very angry.
"Netflix are deliberately reviving the most painful time in the boys' lives.
"It’s forcing them to relive the pain, agony, and psychological torment they suffered when their mother died."
Branding the plans "disgusting" and "sick", she added: " Why are they setting out to upset William and Harry?
"The makers of this programme do not care about the heir to the throne and everything he has been through.
"Why do these callous, insensitive people feel the need to recreate that horrible day?
"They are going out of their way to hurt the Royal Family."
The comments follow The Crown crew members reportedly "pushing back" on some ideas suggested by show bosses regarding Diana's death.
The streamer has since promised fans the exact moment of the crash impact won't be shown on screen.
Following a star turn by Emma Corrin, The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki will take over the role of Diana for The Crown's final two seasons.
Earlier this month, Netflix bosses did a U-turn and added a disclaimer to the season five trailer following a wave of backlash from public figures including John Major and Judi Dench.
The Crown seasons 1 – 4 are available to stream on Netflix, while season 5 will debut on November 9.
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