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The Crown’s Final Cast Switch Is Coming In Season 5 — & It’s Good

Warning: Spoilers for The Crown season 4 are ahead.

You finished season 4 of The Crown, so now what? Well, it's time to get excited for the final two seasons of the Netflix series. Yes, there is still a lot of royal gossip to get through yet, but it's never too early to start familiarising yourself with the cast of The Crown season 5, which will include a Harry Potter villain, a Game Of Thrones baddie, and a statuesque blonde playing Princess Diana. Seriously, this actress has five inches on the already rather tall people's princess.

The new season of The Crown, which is unlikely to premiere before 2022, will pick up in the '90s. The decade is regarded as a tumultuous time for the monarchy. In 1992 alone, Prince Charles and Diana officially separated and a fire destroyed part of Windsor Castle. Queen Elizabeth II later referred to those days as her “annus horribilis” or "year of misfortune." Unfortunately, the decade didn't improve much for her and the family: Charles and Diana divorced in 1996 and the former princess would die tragically a year later.

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The Crown was supposed to end with season 5, but you can probably understand why creator Peter Morgan announced he needed an additional season to cover the tumultuous decade. Unfortunately, for modern royal watchers, The Crown has no plans to cover Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding or the drama of Megxit. "To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present," Morgan told Deadline back in July. "It will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail."

That being said, there is a whole lot of ground to cover and the series will be doing it with a brand new set of actors who are sure to make keep fans royally entertained. Keep clicking to meet the new stars playing your old Crown favourites.

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Elizabeth Debicki Plays Princess Diana



Where Is Princess Diana In Season 5?
When we last saw Diana, she was barely keeping it together during that horrible Christmas photo. Her marriage is on the rocks, and this next season will cover the lead-up to their 1996 divorce, which included "Squidgygate," a leaked private telephone conversation between Diana and alleged lover James Gilbey, and an alleged birthday party showdown between she and Charles' mistress Camilla Parker Bowles.

While The Crown shows that Charles and Parker Bowles never stopped seeing one another, in the '90s, this affair officially became tabloid fodder. During this time, Diana didn't deny the rumours either, telling journalist Martin Bashir in a now famous 1995 BBC interview that there were "three of us" in the marriage, making it "a bit crowded." In the interview, she also detailed her own extramarital affairs, something Charles had done a year prior. The revealing chat ultimately led to her divorce the following year.

Diana was more than Charles' wife, though, and season 5 will likely show her coming into her own as an activist and public figure. That reveal was something she pushed for, allowing her friend Andrew Morton to write a 1992 tell-all book about her private life that included interviews with her close friends. She believed the book would give the world a better sense of who she was — someone stronger than how the royal family had portrayed her. Now The Crown will also attempt to tell her story, which ended too soon in a tragic 1997 car crash. It will be interesting to see the role Diana's death will play in the final seasons of The Crown.

Where You've Seen Debicki Before: Tenet, Widows, The Night Manager
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Dominic West Plays Prince Charles



Where Is Prince Charles In Season 5?
By the end of season 4, Charles is looking for any way to end his marriage, going as far as to surveil his wife. In 1992, he will finally get his wish, but it comes at a public price for the royal family.

An embarrassing 1989 late-night telephone call between Charles and his mistress Camilla Parker Bowles is leaked in 1993. Nicknamed "Camillagate," the call, which took place while he was still married to Diana, included the prince telling Parker Bowles he wanted to be her "tampon." The Crown will reportedly spare us from a recreation of this mortifying call, which has also been referred to as "tampongate."

It's also unclear if the series will cover Prince Charles admitting his adultery in a 1994 TV interview or the details of his divorce, which reportedly included Charles' fight to stop Diana from keeping her royal title. That is allegedly how she became Diana, Princess of Wales. Charles would end up marrying Parker-Bowles in 2005.

It's unclear if the show will get that far into the aughts, but it's hard to imagine it won't cover Charles' desire to remarry and how his mummy reacted to a match she previously didn't approve of.

Where You've Seen West Before:
The Affair, The Wire, and the TV movie Burton & Taylor co-starring the most recent Princess Margaret, Helena Bonham Carter.
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Imelda Staunton Plays Queen Elizabeth II



Where Is Queen Elizabeth II In Season 5?
The Queen might not feel all that nostalgic about the '90s. It was a scandalous time in Buckingham Palace history that included not one, but three royal divorces — Charles and Diana, Princess Anne and husband Captain Mark Phillips, Prince Andrew and Sarah "Fergie" Ferguson. There were tabloid scandals like "Camillagate," “Squidgygate,” and a toe-sucking incident involving Fergie. Oh, and as the Queen and Prince Philip celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary in 1992, a fire destroyed more than a hundred rooms at Windsor Castle. It was truly a capper on what the Queen has called her worst year.

Of course, Diana and Charles seemed to suck up a lot of the Queen's oxygen in the '90s. Their marriage ultimately ended with the monarch writing separate letters to Diana and Charles imploring them to divorce. It's hard to believe The Crown won't delve into the politics of the dissolution of their union. Not to mention, the Queen's response to Princess Diana's death, which was criticised by many who felt she tried to downplay the importance of the people's princess. It also left many feeling that the royal family's silence on the matter made them look shockingly out of touch.

Where You've Seen Staunton Before:
2019's Downton Abbey movie, Paddington and its sequel, and, oh yeah, she's Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter series.
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Jonathan Pryce Plays Prince Philip


Where Is Prince Philip In Season 5?
The Duke of Edinburgh has grown into his official role as husband to the queen. In 1994, he became the first member of the royal family to visit Israel where he honoured his mother for saving Greek Jewish people during World War II.

For a brief time, he even played marriage counsellor for his eldest son, though he admitted in letters to Princess Diana, "I will always do my utmost to help you and Charles to the best of my ability... but I am quite ready to concede that I have no talent as a marriage counsellor." Let's hope The Crown delves into his relationship with Diana in the years leading up to her divorce with Charles.

That doesn't mean the decade went well for the Duke of Edinburgh, who became known for his gaffes including 1996 comments that cricket bats were potentially as dangerous as guns after the Dunblane school massacre that left 16 children dead.

Where You've Seen Pryce Before: Game Of Thrones, The Two Popes, and The Wife with Glenn Close.
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Lesley Manville Plays Princess Margaret


Where Is Princess Margaret In Season 5?
Princess Margaret was in a real bad way when we last saw her in season 4. And the Queen's younger sister continued to struggle with her health in this new decade.

In the late '90s, she suffered a mild stroke and was described as being "seriously ill" after reportedly scalding her feet while in the Bahamas, according to BBC News. It was reported that the accident left her bedridden and under 24-hour care, but the royals dismissed those reports. Now The Crown might be able to give us a sense of what really happened to Margaret in the last years of her life.

Princess Margaret died at the age of 71, in 2002, after developing heart complications from a fourth stroke. That was the same year the Queen Mother died and the Queen celebrated her Golden Jubilee or 50th year as monarch. The year could mark the natural end for The Crown too.

Where You've Seen Manville Before:
Phantom Thread, Harlots, 2020's Let Him Go
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