Princess Diana, or rather Lady Diana Spencer, won't be making her debut on The Crown until season four, but the groundwork for her arrival is certainly being laid out in season three. In fact, royal fans probably noticed a reference to one of Diana's most famous quotes in episode nine, "Imbroglio."
Let's set the scene, shall we? Over the course of the season—which arrived on Netflix on November 17—viewers have been introduced to a few new characters, including Camilla Shand and Andrew Parker-Bowles. Camilla and Andrew are dating, but then she also becomes involved with Prince Charles, and Parker-Bowles with Princess Anne. It's a complex love quadrangle and the beginning of an even more complicated relationship situation that will have royal ramifications for years to come. Charles is very much in love with Camilla, but his family fears she is not suitable enough for the future king of England.
Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, Lord Mountbatten, and the Queen Mother bring Princess Anne in to discuss the matter, and Anne says that everything will be fine between Charles and Camilla as long as her brother "is prepared for there to always be three in the marriage," referring to Charles, Camilla, and Andrew Parker-Bowles. The royal family maneuvered behind the scenes to ensure that Camilla married Parker-Bowles, and Charles, of course, went on to marry Diana. But, as we all know, Charles's relationship with Camilla continued.
Princess Anne's quote in the episode seemed to be inspired from a bombshell TV interview Diana gave in 1995 in which she openly discussed her husband's affair. "Do you think Mrs. Parker-Bowles was a factor in the breakdown of your marriage?" journalist Martin Bashir asked. "Well, there were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded," Diana replied.
Charles and Diana separated in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996 before she tragically died in a car accident in August 1997. Charles and Camilla eventually married in 2005. And in case you weren't already excited about the upcoming seasons of The Crown, you'd better be now, because there is still so much drama to come.
Originally Appeared on Glamour