The queen is moving home! Belvoir Castle, listed in Class I, has lost its leading role in the Netflix series The Crown in a row because of money
It has already lost £ 2.5 million after being forced to close its doors during the Covid-19 crisis.
Now Belvoir Castle has lost its lead role in The Crown in a row because of money.
Sunday's mail may reveal that filming for season four of the Netflix drama starring Olivia Colman as Queen has been tacitly moved from Belvoir to a rival mansion, Burghley House, 30 miles away.
Recent visitors to Burghley (pictured), an Elizabethan mansion in Lincolnshire, have been told that filming for the next season of The Crown has already taken place
Class I-listed Belvoir, home of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, was the stand-in for scenes at Windsor Castle for the first three seasons of the hit TV show.
The site still openly links to the drama in which Claire Foy and Matt Smith appeared as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in previous series. However, recent visitors to Burghley, an Elizabethan mansion in Lincolnshire, have been told that filming for the next season, which will air in November, has already taken place on the 13,000-acre property.
The upheaval is believed to have come after Belvoir's chatelaine Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland, asked the production team to pay a higher fee to ensure that filming at Belvoir could continue when they threatened to close the property's highly profitable filming season affect. The filmmakers refused and stuck to Burghley.
The filmmakers stuck to Burghley after rejecting a higher fee demanded from Belvoir's chatelaine Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland. Pictured: interior of Burghley House
A source said: “Belvoir Castle has been the location of so many films that I think they felt they could be in charge. They were really tough filming, then they got hungry for money, so the producers told them to get lost.
"People assume that a big show like The Crown is a cash cow, but there is a budget like any other show."
Neither Burghley House nor Belvoir Castle were ready to comment. Netflix said, "The Crown uses a variety of historical locations across the UK to portray the various royal households featured on the series."
Matt Smith and Claire Foy are pictured in Season 2 of The Crown. Season 4 of the show will air in November
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