Royal family fans will be happy to hear that Netflix has renewed The Crown for a sixth season. The streaming service announced on Thursday, July 9 that instead of ending after Season 5, the show will continue for one more run. Fans will see plenty more royal drama, but likely not what they have been hoping for. Megxit won’t make the show.
Netflix extends The Crown for a sixth season
The Crown creator, Peter Morgan made a statement on Thursday. He says as they started discussing the storylines for Season 5, something became clear. They realize that to do justice to the “richness and complexity of the story,” they have to return to the original plan. That plan was to have six seasons of The Crown.
Many fans are hoping the series will catch up to the controversial Megxit – the departure of Prince Harry and Meghan from the Royal Family. The executive producer said regrettably, the storyline won’t go so far as to cover Megxit.
Morgan said, “To be clear, series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day.” He says it will simply enable them to cover the same period in “greater detail.”
The Netflix royal show to date
Seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown feature Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. This is as she began her ascension to the throne in 1952. Those two seasons covered from 1952 to the mid-1960s. In Season 3, Olivia Coleman takes over as the Queen, while Helena Bonham Carter plays her younger sister, Princess Margaret. Tobias Menzies stars in the role of Prince Philip. That season covers events between the mid-1960s to the late-1970s when Princess Margaret’s marriage began to fail.
Production of Season 4 was wrapped just as the COVID-19 pandemic struck. However, fans should know this season will cover the 1980s. The season will introduce Emma Corrin as the beloved Princess Diana. It will also star Gillian Anderson as the “Steel Lady,” Margaret Thatcher. Season 4 is hoped to debut later in 2020. So far, season 5 is set to see Harry Potter alum Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II. Few other details are available as yet.
The Crown from Season 5 onwards
Jared Harris, 58, who plays the role of George VI on the show, speaks exclusively to Us Weekly in February this year. He was asked at that time if the series would ever catch up to the current-day drama. Harris responds saying, no, the series isn’t going to go that far. He says he asked Peter Morgan and was told The Crown was never going to go as far as the current day.
Jared did, however, speak of Harry, 35, and Meghan, 38, stepping away from their royal duties. He stressed that fans have to view their decision in the light of what happened to Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana. With so much pressure from the media, Harry obviously believed the same thing could happen to his wife, Meghan. Harris said Harry is doing the right thing in protecting Markle.
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While this will no doubt be a disappointment to those hoping for Harry and Meghan to feature, it is still good news. They will, at least, have one more season of The Crown to enjoy!