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The Crown season 5: Netflix has found its Prince William, and it’s a real family affair

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That’s right, folks: The Crown season five has just announced an intriguing newcomer as Prince William. Here’s everything we know about the new season of the hit Netflix show so far. 

From Claire Foy and Matt Smith, to Helena Bonham-Carter and Gillian Anderson, the casting of Netflix’s hit show The Crown has never been short of ingenuity. Now, as we look ahead to the highly anticipated fifth season, which explores the marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana, we have another intriguing piece of news about who will be joining the onscreen royal family. 

According to Variety, the teenage Prince William will be played by 13-year-old Senan West. Sound familiar? That’s because he’s the real-life son of Dominic West, who has taken over from Josh O’Conner as Prince Charles.

Senan West is diving in at the deep end too, because his onscreen debut in the final episodes of the season will be his first ever TV role.

Back in the summer, Netflix released two more images from the set of The Crown season five, giving fans their first-look at Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West in action as Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

The shots, which were released via the show’s official Twitter account in August, show West stood outdoors in an olive-coloured suit and tie, while Debicki is pictured lying down on a sofa with a letter lying in her lap.  

The new images came just weeks after the first image of Imelda Staunton in action as Queen Elizabeth II was released, depicting her in a yellow dress and carrying the Queen’s signature black handbag. 

And in the same week, Staunton and fellow cast member Andrew Havill were also pictured filming onboard a royal boat in Macduff, Scotland. It’s all very exciting, isn’t it?

Although we don’t have much more to share about The Crown season five just yet, we do know several key details about what to expect from the upcoming series. Keep reading to check out everything we know so far.   

Who will star in The Crown season five?

Season five marks the arrival of a new ensemble cast – and the names which have been announced so far do not disappoint.

To start, Imelda Staunton will be taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II from Olivia Colman.

In a statement posted on Twitter when her casting was first announced, the award-winning actor said she felt “honoured” to take over the role and bring the series to its conclusion.

“I have loved watching The Crown from the very start,” she said. “As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan’s scripts.” 

Also joining the cast for season five are Lesley Manville, who will play Princess Margaret; Johnny Lee Miller, who will play John Major; Jonathan Pryce, who will take over the role of Prince Philip from Tobias Menzies; and Dominic West, who will play Prince Charles.

Elizabeth Debicki has also been confirmed to be taking over the role of Princess Diana from Emma Corrin, but that doesn’t mean we’ll be waving goodbye to the latter for good.

After her award-winning portrayal of Princess Diana in the last season, it’s been reported that The Crown’s creators are looking at ways to bring Corrin back to the show for the next season through flashbacks to the icon’s younger years – although we’ll have to wait and see whether this is actually the case when the show hits our screens. 

What will The Crown season five be about?

Although it was once believed that The Crown season five would be the show’s last season, we now know the show’s team are working on a season six, which will take the story up to the early 2000s, as per Deadline

With this in mind, it’s possible that season five could either end on Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ divorce (which was finalised in 1996), or with Princess Diana’s death in 1997, leaving the fallout of the tragedy to be explored in season six.

Other events which are likely to be included are the events of 1992, which the Queen herself described as an “annus horribilis”.

Not only did this year mark the start of Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ separation and the publication of the former’s book Diana: Her True Story, but it also saw the separation of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, a fire at Windsor Castle and the finalisation of Princess Anne’s divorce from Mark Phillips. 

When will The Crown season five arrive on Netflix?

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but the pattern between previous seasons might give us a clue as to when we can expect the show’s conclusion. 

When the cast last changed (between seasons two and three), the wait was about two years – so with season four’s release at the end of 2020, and season five not starting filming until July, it’s likely we won’t see anything hit our screens until 2022.

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