The Crown series four: Embattled Princess Diana pleads ‘to be loved’ by the Royal Family amid the fairytale facade… as Gillian Anderson recreates Margaret Thatcher’s brittle tone in new trailer
- The Crown series four will be released on Netflix on Sunday, November 15th
- The two main features of the trailer are Gillian Anderson’s Margaret Thatcher and Emma Corrin’s Princess Diana, who both face their own disagreements with the Royal Family
- Series four will also feature the tragic death of Lord Mountbatten, as well as the Falklands War and the Miners Strike
- This series is expected to end sometime in the 1980s, as series five will depict the Royal Family in the early 90s, with the Netflix show set to end is sixth series in 2003
- The show had managed to wrap filming on series four before the COVID-19 pandemic, to the relief of fans
The Crown has released its latest trailer for series four, offering fans their first chance to hear Emma Corrin’s recreation of Princess Diana’s iconic voice.
The preview shows the young royal pleading ‘to be loved’ by the Royal Family after marrying into the firm at a young age as Prince Charles felt increasing pressure to wed and secure his future on the throne.
Gillian Anderson also offers her version of Margaret Thatcher’s Iron Lady drawl as she plays a ‘dangerous game’ by clashing with the Olivia Colman’s portrayal of The Queen after being elected as Prime Minister, vowing she doesn’t mind ‘making enemies’ as she divides the nation with her Parliamentary views.
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Embattled: The Crown has released its latest trailer for series four, offering fans their first chance to hear Emma Corrin’s recreation of Princess Diana’s iconic voice
The preview begins with the newly-elected Thatcher and The Queen’s first meeting at Buckingham Palace, with it being clear from the outset that the pair aren’t going to see eye-to-eye.
Preparing herself for the meeting, the stoic politician says: ‘I think we have enough respect for one another personally to ask ourselves one of the bigger questions woman to woman. We are the same age after all…. just six months between us.’
A somewhat rattled Queen Elizabeth says ‘really? And who is the senior?’ to which Thatcher responds briskly: ‘I am, ma’am.’
At odds: Gillian Anderson also offers her version of Margaret Thatcher’s Iron Lady drawl as she plays a ‘dangerous game’ by clashing with the Queen after being elected as Prime Minister (Thatcher is pictured right in 1979)
Clashing: The preview begins with the newly-elected Thatcher and The Queen’s (Olivia Colman) first meeting at Buckingham Palace, with it being clear from the outset that the pair aren’t going to see eye-to-eye
Progression: Her Majesty (played by Olivia left) questions that she and Thatcher are the same age, with the politician making note she is the ‘more senior’ of the two (the Queen is pictured right in 1979)
Despite the clear progression in Thatcher’s election – given she was the first female Prime Minister in British history – it seems that not all of the Royal Family are convinced as Prince Phillip tells his wife: ‘Two women running the shop that’s the last thing this country needs.’
Somewhat defending Thatcher, the Queen responds: ‘Perhaps that’s exactly what this country needs.’
Sadly it appears that not everyone is sold on Thatcher’s plans to reignite the economy, as she tells Parliament: ‘My goal is to change this country from being dependent to self-reliant. And I think in that I am succeeding.’
A woman amongst men: Sadly it appears that not everyone is sold on Thatcher’s plans to reignite the economy, as she tells Parliament: ‘My goal is to change this country from being dependent to self-reliant. And I think in that I am succeeding’
Determined: Ever unfazed, Thatcher says: ‘What if one is comfortable with having enemies?’ implying she certainly isn’t fazed by rivalries, either in Parliament or the Royal Household
Challenging: Focus then shifts to series four’s other most prominent story – the tumultuous romance between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer
Concerned: It’s clear from the start that the young royal is feeling pressure to marry and secure the future of the monarchy, with the trailer offering a glimpse of his and Diana’s first meeting
As ripples of laughter ring around the House of Commons the Queen narrates: ‘Joblessness, recession, crises. It’s a dangerous game to make enemies left, right and centre.’
Ever unfazed, Thatcher says: ‘What if one is comfortable with having enemies?’ implying she certainly isn’t fazed by rivalries, either in Parliament or the Royal Household.
Discussing the dynamics between Thatcher and the Queen in series four, creator Peter Morgan said: ‘It could be said that they are two very similar women, born only months apart.
‘They are very much defined by the Second World War, by a sense of a sense of frugality, hard work, commitment, Christianity and so much more.
‘It was a commonly held piece of wisdom that the Queen and Thatcher didn’t get on. I think there was probably a lot of respect.
‘But they also had many differences, it was really fun exploring their differences and their similarities. I also get a chance to explore them both as mothers. Writing Thatcher and the Queen as mothers was probably an angle that no one has explored before. But it yielded one of my favourite episodes in the season.’
Worrying: It seems the innocent kindergarten assistant is clueless to the storm she’ll be entering as she becomes one of the most iconic figures in British history
Dynamic duo: As ever Olivia and Tobias Menzies will star as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip respectively
Stunning: Diana’s famous voice and demure demeanour is clear throughout the preview
Focus then shifts to series four’s other most prominent story – the tumultuous romance between Prince Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) and Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin).
It’s clear from the start that the young royal is feeling pressured to marry and secure the future of the monarchy, with Charles Dance’s Lord Mountbatten narrating: ‘One day dear boy you shall be kind your duty now is the choice if a woman that people will lover as a princess and in due course as Queen.’
The narration is combined with Charles and Diana’s playful first meeting, with the innocent kindergarten assistant clueless to the storm she was walking into.
Diana’s famous voice and demure demeanour is clear throughout the preview, which hints at trouble in their marriage from the outset, as Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) warns: ‘How many times can this family make the same mistake. Paying the consequences each time.’
Concerns: Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) warns: ‘How many times can this fanily make the same mistake. Paying the consequences each time’
Scary: The preview also offers a fleeting glimpse of the tragic death of Lord Mountbatten after a bomb was planted on his fishing boat
It’s here! The trailer also offers another glimpse of Emma’s Diana dressed in her iconic David Emmanuel wedding gown (left in the trailer and right in 1981)
Royal star: Following her lavish nuptials, Diana embarks on a lavish tour of Australia in 1983, an event that attracted thousands to welcome her and husband Charles
Stunning: Emma was previously seen filming Diana and Charles’ Australian tour in October 2019 (left), where she donned the famous pink dress and fascinator (right)
As Diana struggles with the isolation of life in the Palace, the trailer offers another glimpse of her stunning David Emanuel wedding gown, before cutting to what appears to be Mountbatten’s tragic passing after being killed by bomb that had been planted on his fishing boat.
Diana then tearfully tells the Queen: ‘All I want is to be loved that’s all any of us want from you.’
It also seems that Charles is battling with whether he’s made a huge mistake in choosing to marry Diana over his former flame Camilla Parker-Bowles – who he can be seen kissing in the trailer – and lashes out by screaming: ‘What does one have to do to get some kindness in this family!’
The trailer ends with another montage of some of the series’ most memorable moments, including Thatcher’s own struggles with landing such a prominent position of power, and Margaret’s own struggles with adjusting to life after divorcing Anthony Armstrong-Jones.
Embattled: After marrying into the Royal firm, Diana struggles with the prospect of being so isolated in the Palace as is shown by an unnerving dance routine
Dramatic: This clearly isn’t helped by Charles’ clear feelings for his ex Camilla Parker-Bowles, and the pair share a romantic kiss in the trailer
Fury: The pressure eventually becomes too much for Charles and he screams: ‘What does one have to do to get some kindness in this family’
Triumphant: The preview also features a glimpse of the Queen riding horseback to attend the Trooping of the Colour (in the trailer pictured left, and right is The Queen pictured in 1979)
Returning to screens: The Crown Series Four will begin as the 1970s are drawing to a close, with the Royal Family preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by ensuring Charles becomes a married man
On creating Diana, Peter said: ‘Diana now has a historical perspective. I am really conscious of that. I really don’t want to get too close so that what I do is journalistic.
‘I really want to make sure that there is enough distance so that if you tell the story of Diana it can almost be something else. It can have metaphorical resonance.’
The Crown Series Four will begin as the 1970s are drawing to a close, with the Royal Family preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles who is still unmarried at 30.
The British nation is struggling with the impact of the divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Thatcher.
Tensions between the Prime Minister and the Queen are expected to only get worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth.
Award-winning: Oscar-winner Olivia (L) is playing Queen Elizabeth II (pictured right in 1964) in series three and four of The Crown
Legendary: Helena Bonham Carter will once again portray Princess Margaret in the fourth series, depicting her life after divorcing Lord Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Helena left and Margaret right in 1987)
Royal man: Tobias Menzies will once again play The Duke Of Edinburgh Prince Philip (left) at a time when the Royal Family grows increasingly divided behind closed doors (Phillip pictured right in 1986)
A silver lining comes in the form of Charles’ fairytale romance with young Lady Diana, but behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.
Diana married Charles in 1981, and the couple welcomed sons William in 1982 and Harry in 1984. After separating in 1991, they divorced in 1996, with Diana then tragically killed in a car accident on 31st August 1997.
Emma’s casting was announced in April 2019, with The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan calling her ‘a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer.’
To be wed: Josh O’Connor will depict Prince Charles (left), as the series depicts his turbulent marriage to Diana (Charles pictured right in 1984)
Coronation: Claire Foy (L) played a young Queen Elizabeth II (pictured right in 1955) as she ascended the throne following her late father’s death during seasons one and two
Royal role: It’s also been announced that The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for The Crown’s final two series
Royally good: Imelda Staunton is to play the Queen in The Crown’s final two series. The 63-year-old will take over the role of Elizabeth II for seasons five and six of the Netflix drama
Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown
From Pope to Prince: The Two Popes actor Jonathan Pryce has also been cast as Duke Of Edinburgh Prince Phillip (right earlier this year), and has said he is ‘confident’ to take on the ‘daunting’ role
Helena will once again appear as Princess Margaret, while Tobias will play Prince Phillip.
Josh will reprise his role as Prince Charles, expected to take centre stage this series due to his relationship with Diana.
The series will also feature the ongoing issue of apartheid in South Africa, as well as the assassination of Lord Mountbatten, and the miners’ strike of 1984-85.
Despite concerns that the series would be delayed due to the COVID-19 crisis, which brought much of the television industry to a halt, it seems the fourth season will be released as planned.
Bosses revealed back in March that filming was wrapped earlier than planned, though a majority of principle photography had already been completed.
The Crown Series Four will be released on Netflix on Sunday, November 15th.
Pivotal moments from The Crown so far…
King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love
Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, a married woman, and planned to marry her after his coronation when her divorce had come through.
However they were denied the opportunity to marry and due to divorce being forbidden for the Royals and decided to move to France together.
Edward later returned to England to face his family for the funeral of George VI following his death and went on to form a close bond with Prince Charles.
Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love
Princess Margaret is also denied her happy ending
Princess Margaret, who is painted as the Royal rebel throughout the first and second seasons, hoped to step outside tradition and marry divorcee Peter Townsend.
However growing public chatter over the illicit relationship begins to overshadow Elizabeth’s post coronation fame.
Margaret makes her intentions to marry Peter clear to Queen Elizabeth II and she asks her to wait until she is 25 to tie the knot with her love.
However when her 25th birthday does roll around the Queen has to go back on her word due to pressure from the Crown, and tells Margaret that she cannot grant her permission to marry Peter.
Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend
Winston Churchill’s rise and fall
The first and second seasons depicted the Queen’s relationship with the Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill.
Following his successful leadership during the Second World War, Winston rises to power again for a second time during Elizabeth’s reign.
The Crown follows Winston’s journey as he adjusts to answering to a woman in power and his deteriorating health.
Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role
The power struggle in the relationship is clear to see as Elizabeth’s role as the Queen takes priority over her marriage, while Prince Philip isn’t used to taking a backseat.
The Crown also hints at infidelity in their relationship as Elizabeth finds a picture of Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova among his possessions, before sending him off on a five-month tour on the Royal yacht.
The tension comes to a head during the premiere for season two when the Royal couple argue on board the HMY Britannia as they strive to find a resolution to their problems, due to divorce not being an option for a monarch.
Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role
Elizabeth’s journey to accepting the Crown
The start of the series shows a more wary and shy Elizabeth, compared to the formidable monarch she has grown into.
One of the key moments in the first series is her journey to accepting the Crown, after having to reconfigure all of the relationships in her life.
The series shows the Queen growing in confidence as she finds herself on a path of self-discovery.
The Queen visits Aberfan
Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets
Episode three of the third season focuses on the Aberfan disaster which killed 144 people, including 116 childrne, after a colliery spoil tip collapsed over a school in a Welsh village.
The Queen did not immediately visit the disaster site, citing that she did not want to distract away from the tragedy with her presence.
However after reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets.
The Royal Family documentary
Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months
In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months.
The Crown depicts the whole thing as a disaster with the family reportedly banning the programme from ever being aired again.
However in actuality, the documentary was well-received and had sky high viewing figures.
Prince Charles valuable time in Wales
Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales
After receiving backlash for the title ‘Prince of Wales’, despite not being a citizen or speaking the language, Prince Charles was sent to Aberystwyth University to learn the language.
Charles, who was 20 at the time, finished the trip with an elaborate investiture to pledge his allegiance to the Queen in Welsh.
However he asked to tweak the speech to add in his own voice, promising the Welsh residents that they wouldn’t be forgotten by England again.
Princess Margaret wows at the White House
She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson
After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The whole night appeared a huge success thanks to Margaret’s quick-wit and charm, with President Johnson seemingly lapping it up.
However across the pond Margaret’s success appeared to worry the Queen as she seemed concerned she was being outshone by her sibling.
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