The Crown season 6 | Rumoured Release date speculation, cast and previous series

The Crown returned to Netflix after a two-year break with a dramatic fifth season, featuring a brand new cast, interesting characters and some of the biggest stories in recent royal history.

If you’ve already binged your way through the latest 10 episodes, you’ll probably be wondering when Imelda Staunton will return for her second (and last) outing as Queen Elizabeth II – and more importantly, what the next season might cover.

With season 5 covering six years, from Charles and Diana’s trip to Italy to Tony Blair winning the General Election, there’s still a few major stories to tell in the final series of The Crown – for which filming began earlier this autumn.

Those who’ve already seen season 5 will know that the episodes do not feature the death of Diana, which happened at the end of August 1997, and so it’s due to be a plotline in the next season.

However, Elizabeth Debicki – who portrays Diana in seasons 5 and 6 – told Entertainment Weekly last month that the Princess of Wales’ final days are being handled with sensitivity.

“I’ll say that Peter and the entire crew of this job do their utmost to really handle everything with such sensitivity and truth and complexity, as do actors,” she said.

“The amount of research and care and conversations and dialogue that happen over, from a viewer’s perspective, something probably that you would never ever notice is just immense. From that very first meeting [with] Peter, I knew that I’d entered into this space where this was taken seriously [in] a deeply caring way. So that’s my experience of the show.”

Read on for everything you need to know about The Crown season 6.

The Crown season 6 release date speculation: When will it air?

In line with previous seasons, The Crown season 6 will likely arrive in 2023:

  • Season 1 – 2016
  • Season 2 – 2018
  • Season 3 – 2019
  • Season 4 – 2020
  • Season 5 – 2022

But Netflix hasn’t confirmed when it will arrive, so watch this space for updates.

The Crown season 6 cast: Who’s in it?

Aside from a handful of exceptions, the majority of The Crown cast have stuck around for two seasons, before making way for a new crop, so that’s:

  • Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II
  • Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Dominic West as Charles, Prince of Wales
  • Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
  • Marcia Warren as Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
  • Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles
  • Claudia Harrison as Anne, Princess Royal
  • James Murray as Prince Andrew, Duke of York
  • Emma Laird Craig as Sarah, Duchess of York
  • Sam Woolf as Prince Edward
  • Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed
  • Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed
  • Bertie Carvel as Tony Blair MP
  • Lydia Leonard as Cherie Blair

It’s been reported that Rufus Kampa and Ed McVey will play 15-year-old William and young adult William respectively. Meg Bellamy will reportedly play Kate Middleton.

In October, it was reported that the production is casting for Prince Harry between the ages of 16 and 20, with the role set to be a substantial one.

And there will likely be other new faces scattered throughout the final season.

The Crown season 6 timeline: What events will it cover?

Deadline reported that season 6 will take audiences into the early 2000s, but up to what point exactly, we don’t yet know.

Netflix hasn’t released an official synopsis, but we can make some educated guesses about what will be covered:

Diana and Dodi Al Fayed’s deaths (1997) – the pair were killed in a car accident in Paris on 31 August, 1997. They were being chased by paparazzi at the time. Following the tragedy, the Queen initially remained at Balmoral in Scotland with Charles, William and Harry. Controversially, the Buckingham Palace flag wasn’t flown at half-mast, which drew extensive criticism from the public. But the Queen did eventually deliver a televised address.

Queen and Prince Philip’s golden wedding anniversary (1997) – the pair celebrated 50 years together. “He has, quite simply, been my strength and stay all these years,” said the Queen in a speech at Banqueting House in London.

William and Kate’s relationship (2001 onwards) – the pair met and began dating during their time at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. It remains to be seen if The Crown will cover their wedding in 2011.

Death of the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret (2002) – the pair both died in 2002, just weeks apart.

Queen’s Golden Jubilee (2002) – Elizabeth was the first British monarch since Queen Victoria to sit on the throne for 50 years. To celebrate the occasion, she traveled a colossal 40,000 miles that year, visiting people across the country and the world.

Prince Charles and Camilla’s marriage (2005) – the pair had a civil ceremony at the Windsor Guildhall, before a marriage blessing at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Tony Blair’s time in office (1997 – 2007) – he entered the frame at the very end of The Crown season 5 following Labour’s landmark General Election win in 1997. He reportedly had a strained relationship with the Queen, although neither addressed the speculation. The Iraq War was declared in 2003 following the events of September 11th, 2001.

How many episodes are in The Crown season 6?

Seasons 1-5 of The Crown all have 10 episodes apiece, so we’d expect season 6 to stick to that number.

Is season 6 really the final season of The Crown?

As it stands, season 6 is the final chapter of The Crown, but there has reportedly been talk of a prequel series.

Back in April this year, Deadline said that Netflix was in “early-stage conversations with The Crown producer Left Bank.”

“Not yet in development nor near greenlight stage,” added the streamer.

The publication said the series would likely take place during the pre-World War Two era or during Queen Victoria’s reign.

Will The Crown cover Harry and Meghan’s relationship?

For those hoping Morgan has plans to explore the former royals’ relationship in future seasons, we’d advise against holding your breath.

When the season 6 announcement was made, this is what he had to say: “To be clear, season 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he addressed the pair specifically: “Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don’t know what their journey is or how it will end. One wishes some happiness, but I’m much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago.”

The Crown seasons 1-5 are available to stream now on Netflix. 

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