As announcements of The Crown filming Season 5 last July took off, the phenomenal Netflix series made a royal buzz in the entertainment industry. The streaming giant is yet to release the latest season of the hit historical drama, but Netflix has already released hints of what fans could expect at the return of the British royal.
The Crown Season 5 will explore the lives of the British royal family during the early ’90s, an era of incredible vibrancy paired with some trivial challenges that changed the course of Britain’s history, including the rocky marriage of Prince Charles and Diana. According to Variety, Season 5 is likely to focus on 1992, which was declared by the Queen as “Annus Horribilis” or “horrible year.” Besides Charles and Diana, this season will also feature the other two of Queen Elizabeth’s children who were also separated from their spouses, causing a rollercoaster ride at Windsor Castle.
During her message in 1992 to mark the 40th year of her reign, Queen Elizabeth told the press, “1992 is not a year on which I shall look back with undiluted pleasure. In the words of one of my more sympathetic correspondents, it has turned out to be an Annus Horribilis.” It can be recalled that 1992 was indeed a year filled with controversy for the British family. From the fire that engulfed parts of Windsor Castle to the leaked, intimate phone calls exchanged between Princess Diana and James Gilbey.
Insiders also speculate that Season 5 will likely end with the iconic interview Diana had with BBC’s Panorama in 1995. The effects of the interview still ripple until today, and with the popularity of The Crown, people are gaining even more interest in the feud.
The Crown Season 5 will cover more exciting points in the lives of the British Royals, including Prince Charles admitting adultery on television, Prince William’s transition as the first senior royal to attend Eton, a glimpse of the royal family participating in the Cool Britannia wave, Diana’s earliest involvement with philanthropic works globally, and more.
Along with more notable British royal moments, The Crown Season 5 also welcomes new faces. Netflix recently released the first photo of Imelda Staunton taking on the period role as Queen Elizabeth. The steamer also released snaps of Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Jonny Lee Miller as the former Prime Minister and British politician John Major, and more.
Netflix assures fans that the dramatic visualization of the lives of British royals will continue to reign through season 6. “As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Peter Morgan told People. “To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to the present-day—it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.