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Netflix has dropped the first look of Dominic West (The Affair) as Prince Charles and Elizabeth Debicki (Tenet) as Princess Diana and Dominic West as Prince Charles in Season 5 of The Crown.

The royal family soap opera started production in the UK last month and it will delve into the early 1990s. West and Debicki took over Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin as Prince Charles and Princess Diana, respectively.

Other new faces in Season 5 include Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, and Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major.

The Crown first premiered on Netflix in 2016, with the first two seasons focused on the early careers of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip. Season 3 looked at the couple in the 1960s and 1970s, while Season 4 centred around Prince Charles and Princess Diana in the 1980s. Season 5 is set in the early 1990s, a very chaotic period for the Windsors — three of Queen Elizabeth’s four children split from their partners.

The series will end with Season 6, which takes place in the early noughties, and will not include Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and that whole Megxit episode. Meanwhile, Season 4 of The Crown is up for 24 nominations at next month’s Emmys; it tied with The Mandalorian for the most nods this year.

More royal family news: Spencer, the Prince Diana biopic starring Kristen Stewart, is slated to open in the US on Nov 5, after its premiere at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals. At time of writing, the film has yet to find a local distributor. 

kristen stewart in spencer
Royal treatment: Kristen Stewart in Pablo Larrain's 'Spencer', which takes place over three days in one of her last Christmas holidays as a member of the House of Windsor at their Sandringham Estate.

Season 5 of The Crown will premiere next year. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on Sept 20, 8am (SGT); Channel 5 and meWATCH will show the recorded version at 10.35pm.

Photos: Netflix, Neon

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