“The Crown” Season 4 Will Tell the Story of Princess Diana
Welp, all signs are pointing in that direction. Following a series of pretty ominous teasers, Netflix has released the official trailer for the royal showdown and we recommend stocking up on Kleenex before giving it a watch.
Several seconds into the new clip, Gillian Anderson appears as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, one of the most polarizing political figures in the U.K.’s history. “Your Majesty, I think we have enough respect for one another personally to ask ourselves some of the bigger questions, woman to woman,” she tells Olivia Colman‘s Queen Elizabeth II in a seconds-long exchange that proves the real-life figure was dead-set on asserting herself as a force to be reckoned with.
And though Thatcher lists all the reasons for which she believes she’s successful as prime minister, the queen is quick to call out the “joblessness, recession, crises” that have arose under her reign. The clip promises a tense dynamic between these two. And, spoiler alert, we’re pumped to see how, exactly, producers tackle the years that lead to Thatcher’s actual resignation in November 1990.
We then see Corrin step into the glamorous role of Diana, posing for the paparazzi and walking around Buckingham Palace in a replica of the iconic David and Elizabeth Emanuel wedding gown she wore to get married in. Perhaps the most painful look at what’s to come is evidenced in a voiceover from Corrin’s Diana, who tells Queen Elizabeth II, “All I want is to be loved. It’s all any of us want from you.”
Toward the end, we see dramatic glimpses at huge fights between Diana and Charles, his affair with Camila Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennel) and Thatcher’s ultimate downfall.
Phew! Did you catch all that?
As the official Netflix description for season four says, the new season begins in the late 1970s through 1990, an “increasingly divided” time for the royal family. The cast also includes Erin Doherty as Princess Anne, Georgie Glen as Lady Fermoy, Tom Byrne as Prince Andrew, Angue Imrie as Prince Edward, Charles Dance as Lord Mountbatten, Stephen Boxer as Denis Thatcher, Rebecca Humphries as Carol Thatcher and Freddie Fox as Mark Thatcher.
When Can I Watch New Episodes Of The Crown?
Who Will Star In Season 4?
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth
Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip
Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret
Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles
Erin Doherty as Princess Anne
Emerald Fennell as Camilla Shand
Plus some important newcomers:
Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher
Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer
What Era Does Season 4 Cover?
Around 1986, Diana was suffering from bulimia, and Charles was having an affair with Camilla, which Diana confronted her about in 1989. So in other words, there’s a lot going on in the ’80s!
So We’ll Get a Royal Wedding?
Weren’t There Rumors of Claire Foy’s Return?
When Does Elizabeth Debicki Debut?
Who Else Is In Season 5?
She’ll be joined by Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip and Leslie Manville as Princess Margaret. Other cast members have yet to be announced, but some have suggested Tom Hiddleston should play Prince Charles, and now that’s all we can think about.
When Will Season 5 Arrive?
That may feel a few lightyears away, but it’s a regular schedule for the series. Season one came out in 2016, followed by season two in 2017. Season three arrived in 2019, season four in 2020, and now there’s another break for season five. Peter Morgan explained in a recent interview with THR that he needs the time off to both shoot and write the next season, since the show films in two-season chunks.
The sixth and final season will likely premiere in 2023.
How Far Will The Crown Get Before It Ends?
Is There Any Chance of Seeing Meghan Markle on The Crown?
“Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don’t know what their journey is or how it will end,” he told THR. “One wishes some happiness, but I’m much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago. I sort of have in my head a 20-year rule. That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance.”
Here’s hoping for another season in 2040!