The Crown fans buying up Princess Diana’s hair and funeral memorabilia on eBay

Princess Diana's arrival on the smash hit Netflix royal reimagining series The Crown has led to a spike in memorabilia being flogged online – for vast profits.

The controversial Netflix show – which has been slammed by historians for being wildly inaccurate – released a fourth season last month.

Fans of the series were won over by Emma Corrin’s portrayal as the late Princess Diana – watching her in fictionalised encounters with Prince Charles, played on screen by Josh O’Connor.

With Diana back in vogue, some royal memorabilia collectors have been cashing in on the new attention and have been selling items online at auction.

According to The Sun, auction website eBay has reported a 73 per cent increase in searches for Princess Diana related items.

While some of the items being offered to whoever will pay the highest price have raised eyebrows over their unusual and macabre connections to the late royal – who died aged 36 in 1997.

Among items being sold online is the order of service from Princess Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey on September 6, 1997.

The booklet was given to guests at the funeral – which was broadcast live on television at the time and featured readings and a performance from Sir Elton John.

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Original orders of service are on sale for £4,500, while copies cost £30.

Another set of booklets and paperwork from Diana’s life are the invites and order of service to her wedding day to Prince Charles.

The pair tied-the-knot at St Paul’s Cathedral on July 29, 1981 – and the collection of items from the big day that are on sale includes parking passes and a map.

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These items are on sale for £1,999.95 and are believed to have originally belonged to guest Mr T Langley and his wife.

On the topic of Charles and Diana’s wedding day, a piece of cake from the big day is also on sale – costing £180.

The daughter of a member of staff is selling the cake online – which includes original cream cheese frosting and a rose of yellow icing.

A more unusual item on the market are strands of the late Princess’s hair which a US dealer put up for sale in October.

Strands of hair was priced at £300 and came with 10 pages of documentation purporting to answer any questions about authenticity.

The hair itself is said to have been stuck to the inside of a book by Diana herself along with an inscription reading: "My lock, Diana 1995."

Meanwhile, a white Andre Van Pier shift dress that once belonged to the Princess and a bike once owned by the Princess are on sale for £11,340 and £20,000 respectively.

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