The Crown welcomes Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher for what's set to be a tumultous season 4.
It was the fairy tale that sadly took a very wrong turn.
Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ love story and the years after their ‘happily ever after’ wedding is the focus of The Crown’s upcoming season 4 – the trailer for which dropped this week.
In it, we see Diana (Emma Corrin) and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) join the same cast as season 3 of the hit Netflix show, as pounding music and part of the sermon read at Charles and Diana’s wedding plays over. Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) also appears, wallowing over a pool of water..? It's all very dark and stressful, which sounds about right, considering.
Of the season, Netflix wrote: “As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30."
“While Charles' romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, as the transformation from teenager to Princess of Wales takes place, it is anything but a fairytale for Diana."
This whole era for the Royals was easily its most dramatic so it’ll be interesting to see how the show pieces it all together. Interviews with the cast have already revealed some details. Apparently, the events in season 4 will feel even more familiar to viewers than everything that went down in season 3, according to Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth II.
She told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s interesting because series 3, for me, was like doing a historical piece. Now, it feels less like that and more, I remember that! I remember that voice! I remember that moment! It feels quite different. We had our read-through and hear the voices of Margaret Thatcher and all of that, it’s quite fun.”
The period when a teenage Diana and 30-year-old Prince Charles were courting is also given a fair bit of airtime in the new season. “It was actually the part of [the show] that I love the most,” Corrin told USA Today. “Because it’s the Diana we don’t have much footage of – it’s not really as recorded as when she was older. I also think that it’s a crucial bit to the story. You can’t understand the older version without the younger version as well.”
Corrin also revealed that Diana's bulimia would be included in the storyline. “She was very candid about [it] which I think is incredibly progressive of her at the time. Obviously, it’s something we’re talking about now, but even now if someone comes out and says that is something they’ve dealt with, it’s a big deal.”
Josh O’Connor, the actor who plays Princes Charles, promises that the new season “will be the best yet”. We don't doubt it.
The Crown season 4 hits Netflix November 15. Catch the trailer here:
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