“The Crown” Just Offered a New Glimpse of Princess Diana’s Character in Season 4

Kayla Blanton
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“The Crown” Just Offered a New Glimpse of Princess Diana’s Character in Season 4
“The Crown” Just Offered a New Glimpse of Princess Diana’s Character in Season 4

From Prevention

  • The Crown Season 4 will hit Netflix on Nov. 15.

  • This season will finally feature Princess Diana, who will be portrayed by series newcomer Emma Corrin.

  • On Aug. 20, Netflix released a teaser trailer of what’s to come, which offers a first look at Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher.

You don’t have to be a fan of The Crown to know that, between its massive cast and detailed retelling of the royal family’s history, there’s a lot to keep track of. It’s been a year since season 3 hit Netflix, which is plenty of time to forget crucial information. Well, lucky for you, all the news and updates you need before diving into season 4 are neatly curated below.

Season 4 will premiere on Nov. 15.

On Aug. 20, Netflix released the season 4 premiere date along with a 30-second sneak peek of what’s to come. The clip offers a first look at series newcomers Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Sex Education) as Margaret Thatcher.

Thankfully, unlike the production of many other TV shows, the pandemic didn’t delay filming for The Crown. The cast and crew actually wrapped a few days early, per Entertainment Weekly, just in time for lockdowns to take over the country.

Yes, Princess Diana will finally arrive in season 4.

A relatively green actress, Corrin was cast to play Lady Di in April 2019. “I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal. Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring,” she said in a statement. “I will strive to do her justice!” Her role will see Diana’s whirlwind of an introduction to the public eye and her iconic wedding to Prince Charles at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Photo credit: Ron Bull - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ron Bull - Getty Images

Elizabeth and David Emanuel, the designers behind Diana’s original wedding gown, handed down its patterns so The Crown could recreate it for Corrin. “We were filming the scene when you first see her in the wedding dress—I think it was Lancaster House in London—and I had a team of about 10 people helping me put it on, because it’s massive,” Corrin told British Vogue in September. “I walked out and everyone went completely silent. More than anything else I wear in the series, it’s so…It’s her.

Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

Anderson is elated to portray Margaret Thatcher.

As the first woman prime minister to help lead the U.K., the character of Margaret Thatcher is a crucial one. “I am so excited to be joining the cast and crew of The Crown and to have the opportunity to portray such a complicated and controversial woman,” Anderson said in a statement. “Thatcher was undoubtedly formidable, but I am relishing exploring beneath the surface and, dare I say, falling in love with the icon who, whether loved or despised, defined an era.”

Season 4 will take viewers through Thatcher’s tumultuous relationship with the Queen, and ultimately, her resignation.

Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix
Photo credit: Des Willie - Netflix

Most of the main season 3 cast will return.

As you might recall, the series rotates in a new cast every two seasons to accommodate aging characters. Season 4 will mark the end of an era for a main cast, per Entertainment Tonight, featuring Olivia Coleman as Queen Elizabeth II, Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles, Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, and Erin Doherty as Princess Anne.

“Being able to play a character for a period and then pass on the baton feels so lovely,” O’Connor told ET, adding that his successor “will be very fortunate because [Prince Charles] is a gift of a part. He’s such a troubled and complicated character.”

The season 4 plot will likely span from 1979 to 1990.

Or as some like to call it, the years of Prince Charles and Diana. Season 4 will focus keenly on Prince Charles’ romantic life and ultimately, his relationship with Lady Diana Spencer. It will also eventually introduce toddler versions of their two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, per Good Housekeeping UK, and will reportedly recount Michael Fagan’s infamous 1982 break-in into the Queen’s Buckingham Palace bedroom, which left her unarmed, per Deadline.

Other historical storylines to expect are Princess Margaret’s lung surgery (“She smoked 60 cigarettes a day,” Bonham Carter told Town & Country), Princess Diana’s notable appearance at the iconic London Savoy Hotel, and her and Prince Charles’ 1983 Tour of Australia, among others.

Photo credit: Ollie Upton - Netflix
Photo credit: Ollie Upton - Netflix

The original Queen Elizabeth II, Claire Foy, will make a cameo.

On November 20, 2019, Foy was reportedly spotted filming a scene for The Crown season 4, despite having retired her role as a young Queen Elizabeth II after season 2. According to Town & Country, she filmed a flashback to the Queen’s 21st birthday speech in Cape Town, which featured this famous line:

“I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

A new main cast will lead seasons five and six.

As aforementioned, a new main cast will lead season 5 and close out the series with season 6. According to ET, Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter, Downton Abbey) will portray the Queen, Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes, Game of Thrones) will play Prince Phillip, Lesley Manville (Phantom Thread, Maleficent) will be Princess Margaret, and The Great Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki will take the role of Princess Diana.

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