Netflix’s The Crown has returned for a stunning third season. This season, Olivia Coleman has put on Queen Elizabeth’s crown. We’ve watched as the monarch and the royal family move through 1964 to 1970. If you’re caught up, you’ve seen the queen’s bond with Prime Minister Harold Wilson — the colonization of Africa and the Caribbean, and Prince Charles being pushed into the public eye with his coronation as the Prince of Wales in 1969.
Though past seasons of The Crown had a bit of drama and intrigue, Season 3 also has its love triangles. We watched Prince Charles meet and fall in love with Camilla Parker Bowles. Also, we learned that the prince’s younger sister — Princess Anne, once dated Parker Bowles’ first husband, Andrew Parker Bowles.
Still, most royal fans were probably sad to discover that Princess Diana is wholly missing from this season of The Crown. After all, she and Prince Charles didn’t begin dating until 1980. Still, there was a massive easter egg in this season that you probably missed.
Emma Corrin will play Princess Diana in Season 4 of ‘The Crown’
Earlier this year, Netflix and The Crown creator Peter Morgan announced that newcomer Emma Corrin would step into the revered People’s Princess’ shoes. Morgan said in a statement,
Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer. As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from an anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation.
The Princess Diana Easter egg in Season 3 of ‘The Crown’
Though we haven’t gotten a glimpse of Princess Diana just yet — Morgan cleverly threw in an Easter egg about her. In a Season 3 episode, Princess Anne tells Prince Charles that if he gets involved with Camilla Parker Bowles, there will always be three people in the relationship.
Though most people assumed the princess was referring to the now-duchess on-again-off-again beau, Andrew Parker Bowles if you know royal history –this line stems from a Princess Diana interview. Amid her divorce from Prince Charles in the ’90s, the late princess referred to her marriage as “crowded.” Season 4 of The Crown is about to be hella dramatic.
This is what we can expect from Season 4 of ‘The Crown’
Filming for Season 4 of The Crown aka the early Princess Diana years is already well underway. We assume that the fourth season will debut around the holidays in 2020. In addition to Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ tumultuous marriage, Season 4 will also dive into the Margaret Thatcher years. Gillian Anderson is set to play the Iron Lady. If you didn’t know, the queen and the former prime minister weren’t exactly the best of friends.
Olivia Coleman has declared that Season 4 is “less historical.” She told Entertainment Weekly, “It feels quite different. We had our read-through and to hear the voices of Margaret Thatcher and all of that, it’s quite fun.”