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The monumental Belvoir Castle has lost its lead role in the Netflix series The Crown in a row due to money

The queen is moving! The monumental Belvoir Castle has lost its lead role in the Netflix series The Crown in a row due to 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.

The Mail on Sunday may reveal that the filming for the fourth season of the Netflix drama, with Olivia Colman as the queen, was quietly switched from Belvoir to a rival stately home, Burghley House, 30 miles away.

Recent visitors to Burghley (pictured), an Elizabethan mansion in Lincolnshire, have learned that the next season of The Crown is already filming

Recent visitors to Burghley (pictured), an Elizabethan mansion in Lincolnshire, have learned that the next season of The Crown is already filming

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Rutland, the Grade II listed Belvoir was the stand-in for scenes at Windsor Castle for the first three seasons of the hit TV show.

The website still openly flaunts its connections to the drama – which saw Claire Foy and Matt Smith as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in previous series. But recent visitors to Burghley, an Elizabethan mansion in Lincolnshire, have learned that filming has already taken place for the next season, which will air in November, on the 13,000 acre estate.

Clearly, the uproar came after Belvoir’s chatelaine Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland, demanded greater compensation from the production team to ensure filming in Belvoir could continue when it threatened to disrupt the estate’s highly profitable shooting season. The filmmakers refused and stuck to Burghley.

The filmmakers held on to Burghley after declining a higher fee demanded by Belvoir's chatelaine Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland. Pictured: The interior of Burghley House

The filmmakers held on to Burghley after declining a higher fee demanded by Belvoir's chatelaine Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland. Pictured: The interior of Burghley House

The filmmakers held on to Burghley after declining a higher fee demanded by Belvoir’s chatelaine Emma Manners, the Duchess of Rutland. Pictured: The interior of Burghley House

A source said: ‘Belvoir Castle has been the scene of so many movies, I think they thought they could be the boss. They were really annoying about the filming and then they got greedy about 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 willing to comment. Netflix said, ‘The Crown uses a variety of UK historical locations to represent the series’ various royal households.’

Matt Smith and Claire Foy are portrayed in Season 2 of The Crown. Season 4 of the show airs in November

Matt Smith and Claire Foy are portrayed in Season 2 of The Crown. Season 4 of the show airs in November

Matt Smith and Claire Foy are portrayed in Season 2 of The Crown. Season 4 of the show airs in November

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