In a nutshell:
Who will play Princess Diana in season 6 of The Crown?
Elizabeth Debicki will reprise her role as Diana, Princess of Wales in season six, having taken over from Emma Corrin in Season 5. So, too, will Dominic West, who succeeded Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles in the latest instalment.
Who will play Prince William, Prince Harry and Kate Middleton in The Crown season 6?
On 2 September 2022, Deadline broke the news that, following an exhaustive casting process, The Crown had cast the roles of Prince William and Kate Middleton for season six. Two actors will play the former as he matures from a teenager to a young university student: Rufus Kampa will embody him at 15 as he struggles to cope with the death of his mother, Diana; and Ed McVey will depict his years as a young adult, when he courted the future Duchess of Cambridge after meeting her at St Andrews in 2001. Meanwhile, newcomer Meg Bellamy will play Middleton. The series will mark the screen debuts of all three actors. On 17 March, the first images surfaced from the set showing both McVey and Bellamy in action, and the first official stills followed on 27 April. As for Prince Harry? Fflyn Edwards will play him as a boy, and Luther Ford as a teenager.
Who else will star in the upcoming season?
Imelda Staunton’s Queen Elizabeth II, Lesley Manville’s Princess Margaret, and Jonathan Pryce’s Prince Philip will also return, alongside Olivia Williams’s Camilla Parker Bowles, Khalid Abdalla’s Dodi Fayed, Salim Daw’s Mohamed Al-Fayed, and Bertie Carvel and Lydia Leonard’s Tony and Cherie Blair.
What years will season 6 of The Crown cover?
The Crown’s fifth season ended in 1997, as Princess Diana was invited to holiday in St Tropez with Mohamed Al-Fayed (she would perish later that year, in August). Season six should pick up where it left off, and stretch to at least 2005, given that the streaming giant has teased that the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles will feature in the series. Per Variety, Claudia Harrison, who plays Princess Anne in seasons five and six, has said that the wedding was the final scene the cast shot.
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Will it cover the death of Princess Diana?
Yes. On 12 October, Deadline reported that the cast and crew of The Crown were gearing up to film scenes that showed the run-up to Princess Diana’s death, alongside her boyfriend Dodi Fayed, in a car crash in Paris on 31 August 1997. The show’s creator, Peter Morgan, has made it clear that the crash itself will not be shown on screen. Instead, we’re likely to see “the car leaving The Ritz after midnight with paparazzi in pursuit and then the aftermath with the British Ambassador to France swinging into action with the Foreign Office and then the subsequent constitutional aftermath”, according to a source on the production. “We’ve been dreading getting to this point,” they added of the shoot. “While we’re calmly carrying on, it’s fair to acknowledge that there’s a certain anxiety – a palpable sense of being slightly on edge. I mean, there’s bombshell sensitivity surrounding this one.” Also set to be depicted? Prince Charles arriving on a royal flight to bring Diana’s body home to London, and Mohamed Al-Fayed experiencing casual racism from the French authorities when taking possession of his son’s casket.
On 1 November, more photos emerged from the set, this time showing Debicki in an animal print swimsuit that is an almost exact replica of one Princess Diana donned while holidaying with Dodi Fayed in the Mediterranean just weeks before her death. It suggests that Diana’s whirlwind final summer will also be a particular focus of season six.
Is there a trailer yet?
There isn’t an official trailer just yet, but on 9 October, Netflix dropped a teaser that shows different iterations of the Queen, as played by Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Imelda Staunton walking through Buckingham Palace. It also reveals that the final season will be released in two parts, almost a month apart.
What is the release date for The Crown season 6?
The first four episodes of season six will arrive on 16 November, with the final six following on 14 December.
This article was first published on British Vogue.