Will ‘The Crown’ Ever Feature a Princess Diana Storyline?
Ever since the premiere of The Crown on Netflix in 2016, fans have been anxiously waiting for the series to introduce a Princess Diana storyline.
The Crown follows the life of Queen Elizabeth from the early 1940s to present day. Princess Diana was a prominent figure in the royal family, so her appearance will likely be an important part of the series. As the series moves closer to season three, fans want to know: “Will we see Princess Diana this season?”
Princess Diana was the people’s princess
Diana Spencer stole the people’s hearts from the moment she walked down the aisle in her David Emanuel dress. Her 25-foot train and innocent smile captivated audiences around the world. But Diana was more than beauty and grace. Her compassion, charity, and unrelenting love endeared her to millions.
The world knew there was something special about Diana from the very beginning. The people’s princess bucked tradition and change the public’s perception of the royal family from the very beginning. Diana was always open to those around her. She didn’t hold back in interviews or in her displays of affection for her two sons, William and Harry.
In a time where there was worldwide anxiety about the AIDS virus, Princess Diana was seen hugging AIDS patients and showing compassion. She was also a vocal advocate against landmines and was a patron of the Leprosy Mission England and Wales. During her life, she was connected to over 100 charitable causes.
A tragic accident took her life too soon
It seemed like time stopped when the news of Princess Diana’s accident interrupted every television program across the world. On the night of August 30, 1997, Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Egyptian billionaire Dodi Fayed had just returned from vacation. The two spent the evening together when they returned. After a day at the jewelry shop and dinner at the Ritz, the pair planned to return to Fayed’s apartment.
The paparazzi had been following the couple throughout their vacation and was now more aggressive than ever. As Diana and Fayed sat in the back seat of their black Mercedes, their driver Henri Paul drove erratically trying to elude the photographers. Shortly after entering Paris’ Pont de l’Alma tunnel, the Mercedes collided with a concrete pillar killing two of the four occupants instantly.
When the paramedics arrived, the princess and her bodyguard were still breathing. But hours later, Diana was declared dead. It was later revealed that Paul’s blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit and that all three of the deceased were not wearing seatbelts. Princess Diana’s death led to a major overhaul in the country’s laws regarding paparazzi.
Fans were promised a season 3 debut
In 2016, The Crown creator, Peter Morgan spoke to People magazine. He addressed the speculation that it might take years for fans to see Princess Diana on screen. Specifically, Morgan said that fans would get a Princess Diana storyline much sooner than expected.
While the show’s timeline began in the late 1940s, Morgan said that a time jump would allow the show to progress to the late 70s and early 80s where the romance between Princess Diana and Princess Charles began. Morgan promised that fans would begin seeing the princess near the end of season three and that she would be the major focus of seasons four and five.
Will ‘The Crown’ viewers get what they want in season 3?
Netflix has yet to release an official release date for season 3, but The Crown lead, Olivia Colman reports that principal shooting just wrapped up last month. But does this mean that we are close to seeing our favorite princess on screen? We’re not too sure. According to PureWow, fans will have to wait a little longer.
Season three is said to focus on the mid-sixties to late seventies. This means that fans will not get to see Diana this season, but instead will be introduced to Prince Charles’ current wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. It looks like we have until season four to speculate about who will play the princess and how she will be portrayed.