Season 3 of the award-winning series starts next month but the filming of season 4 is well underway
Excitement for the third series of The Crown is intensifying, and now, to up the ante, we now have the first image from season four. The shot stars newcomer Emma Collins as Diana, Princess of Wales, with God's Own Country star Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles.
The third season will see the introduction of Camilla Parker-Bowles, so it's only natural that we will also meet Princess Diana – especially given the turbulent relationship that was always depicted between all three royals. Diana welcomed Prince William into the world in 1982, before having Prince Harry in '84 but after a tumultuous and unhappy marriage, Diana and Charles announced their divorce in 1996, largely due to Charles' lengthy affair with Camila.
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Season 4 will focus on Diana and Prince Charles' courtship and subsequent marriage in 1981 when the late princess was 20.
Doing the rounds on social media, a photo now confirms this is the case: Taken while on set in Spain, the actors meticulously recreate Diana and Charles' 1983 royal tour of Australia, wearing nearly identical outfits to their royal counterparts when they visited Uluru at Ayers Rock - Collins in a white button-down dress cinched in at the waist (right down the windswept hair) and O'Connor in a safari-esque suit.
Beyond excited and honoured to be joining The Crown for its fourth season," Collins said in a statement. "I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal. Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!”
Best known for her guest role in ITV's Grantchester, in 2019 she will go on to star as Esme, a key role in the upcoming 10-part Warner Brothers/EPIX series Pennyworth.
There were reports that Diana would be portrayed as a very "lonely" character in the next season, but either way, all eyes will be on the actress.
Meanwhile, The Crown season 3 will centre on the late '60s and early '70s with Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman taking over from Claire Foy as the Queen.
Helena Bonham Carter replaces Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret, and Tobias Menzies takes over from Matt Smith as Prince Philip, with Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles and Call the Midwife's Emerald Fennell will star as Camilla.
The Crown season 3 launches globally on Netflix on Sunday, 17th November.
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