God save the queen or crown. Netflix’s hit drama about the British royal family continues to reign, and the series returns for its fifth season in November. “To accommodate the richness and complexity of Story 6, it became clear that we had to go back to our original plan.,” read the press release, according to The Wrap.
Season five of The Crown arrives in November 2022
The Crown always airs in winter, with Season 5 streaming on Netflix in November 2022. The streaming giant has yet to announce an exact date, but if it follows the pattern of previous seasons, it could debut on the second or third Friday of the month. The year-long wait was due to a break in filming that was always part of The Crown’s schedule. Each season of The Crown covers about ten years of the royal family.
The fourth season ended with Elizabeth berating Charles for his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and forbidding her to seek a divorce. Meanwhile, Diana is discovered to be having an affair and is similarly warned by Philip that she must form a united front with Charles. But we know that’s not the case, and season 5 is set to explore the slow unraveling of Charles and Diana’s marriage, which officially ended in 1996 after four years of separation and received much publicity.
Princess Diana Will Be the Focal Point in The Crown’s Fifth Season
Princess Diana is clearly the focus of season 5, but there’s already been some drama behind the scenes when it comes to her portrayal. Khan said he worked on the script with Morgan from September 2020 to February 2021 before deciding to leave the project. “It was really important to me that the last years of my boyfriend’s life be portrayed accurately and compassionately in a way that hasn’t always been the case in the past. When I realize that my writing contract wasn’t honored and that certain stories weren’t always told as respectfully or compassionately as I’d hoped, I would remove all contributions from the series. I asked for permission and declined approval,” she said.
What is The Crown season five about?
Each season of The Crown covers about ten years of the royal family. The fourth season ended with Elizabeth berating Charles for his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles and forbidding her to seek a divorce. Meanwhile, Diana is discovered to be having an affair and is similarly warned by Philip that she must form a united front with Charles. Season 5 is set to explore the slow unraveling of Charles and Diana’s marriage, which officially ended in 1996 after four years of separation and received much publicity.
Watch The Crown season five trailer.
Meet The Crown season five cast
Season five will feature an entirely new star-studded cast, including Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana.
Much like how Olivia Colman took over from original lead Claire Foy in seasons three and four, Imelda Staunton will be playing Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown season 5 and beyond. Jonathan Pryce is set to appear as Elizabeth`s husband Prince Philip, while Lesley Manville is geared up to bring Princess Margaret to life, following on from Vanessa Kirby and Helena Bonham Carter. Marcia Warren, Claudia Harrison, Sam Woolf, and James Murray will play The Queen Mother, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew, respectively. Former James Bond star Timothy Dalton has a small role as Peter Townsend, Margaret’s lover whom we last saw in season 1.
Princess Diana was introduced in The Crown season 4, when Emma Corrin joined the cast. This time around, she’ll be portrayed Elizabeth Debicki. Elsewhere, Dominic West is tasked with embodying Prince Charles, Diana’s husband and Elizabeth’s son, while Olivia Williams takes on his long-time lover Camilla Parker Bowles. Senan West will play Diana and Charles’ eldest son, William. Khalid Abdalla plays her late lover Dodi Fayed alongside Diana in 1997.
How will The Crown season five portray Princess Diana?
The award-winning Netflix series will return for season 5. It will be covering the John Major government years, the turmoil of Diana and Prince Charles’ marriage breakdown and the tragic death of Diana in 1997.