‘The Crown’ Is Getting Another Season, But Will It Bring In Meghan Markle and Prince Harry?
Netflix’s The Crown has brought about a lot of success, with major awards and a ton of fans. It was a bit of a bummer for audiences to find out that there was only going to be five seasons of the series. However, now fans can celebrate. The series added a sixth season to better tell the story of the royal family. However, don’t hold your breath for an appearance by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
Netflix added an extra season to ‘The Crown’
According to The Hollywood Reporter on July 9, Netflix added a sixth season to The Crown. Creators originally announced that Season 5 would be their last.
“As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” creator and showrunner Peter Morgan told the publication.
The series is unique because every two seasons a new cast takes on the roles of the royal family to show the passing of time. The first two seasons had Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and Vanessa Kirby played Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon (the Queen’s sister).
For Season 3 and the upcoming fourth season, Olivia Coleman took on the role of Queen Elizabeth II, with Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
“The Crown keeps raising the bar with each new season,” Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content told The Hollywood Reporter. “We can’t wait for audiences to see the upcoming fourth season, and we’re proud to support Peter’s vision and the phenomenal cast and crew for a sixth and final season.”
Another season was always a possibility that creators didn’t rule out
Season 5 was announced as the finale season of the show back in January. Imelda Staunton will play Queen Elizabeth II and Lesley Manville will portray Princess Margaret. Even though Netflix was going to give it five seasons, more wasn’t thrown off the table.
In March, Deadline reported that producer Andy Harries talked about another streaming site picking up the show.
“That’s a very cheeky question. It’s quite well known that Left Bank retained the rights to The Crown… The plan is ongoing,” he said at a Banff Media Festival; he is CEO of Left Bank Pictures. “It’s still exclusively on Netflix and it stays there for the moment.”
This sixth season is still staying with Netflix exclusively.
When the fifth season was announced as the final one in January, Morgan shared in a statement that it just seemed like a good time to end. Even though they had set out to do two seasons per cast for whatever time period they were working in (i.e. Foy for the first two, Coleman for three and four, and then Staunton for five and six).
“At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” he said at the time. Now, it seems, they want to take the full six seasons to tell their story.
However, this new season won’t bring fans to present-day royal scandals
The sixth season will end the series in the early 2000s according to The Hollywood Reporter. This obviously won’t bring the show into present-day controversies such as Prince Andrew’s affiliation with Jeffrey Epstein or Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
“To be clear, season six will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail,” Morgan emphasized.
Morgan has always shown a disinterest in wanting to tell any form of the royal’s story in modern-day territory. He said it would feel too “journalistic” to do so, as opposed to a narrative Netflix series.
“I feel uncomfortable writing about events within a certain time period,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Because it’s too close to the moment. If you wait a certain amount of time, if you allow fifteen or twenty years, basically a generation, between you and [the events] then you can write about it somewhat freely as drama.”
He said to wait 20 years before touching on Harry and Meghan.
“I don’t know what there is to say about Meghan Markle at the moment,” he said. “I wouldn’t know and I wouldn’t presume. She’ll only become interesting once we’ve had twenty years to digest who she is and what her impact has been.”
So, in short, if you want your Meghan fix, you’ll have to stick to Lifetime movies.