Why The Crown is "struggling" to cast a boy to play Prince Harry for series 5

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Photo credit: Getty Images

A young (and very adorable) Prince Harry will feature in the penultimate series of The Crown - but the show's bosses are struggling to cast a boy to play him due to a reported shortage of red haired actors.

It's being claimed that producers may need to dye the hair of the actor who lands the role in the fifth series of the award-winning drama, which will be set in the early-to-mid 1990s.

"Bosses have incredibly high standards when it comes to the actors they hire," a TV insider told The Sun. "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.

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Photo credit: Tim Graham - Getty Images

"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."

Meanwhile, series five will see the cast reshuffle once more, with Imelda Staunton taking over from Olivia Colman as the Queen, Lesley Manville replacing Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, and The Night Manager's Elizabeth Debicki taking over from Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

Dominic West will replace Josh O'Connell as Prince Charles, while Olivia Williams will play Camilla Parker Bowles, taking over from Oscar winner Emerald Fennell. Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip, replacing Tobias Menzies.

It's believed that series 5 will chronicle the year the Queen has described as the "Annus Horribilis" - 1992, during which Prince Andrew and Fergie separated, Princess Anne divorced Mark Phillips, and a fire broke out at Windsor Castle.

The Crown's creator Peter Morgan recently confirmed that the series will end after season 6, which will include the untimely death of Princess Diana in 1997.

The Crown will return to Netflix next year.

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