Here's Our First Look at Princess Diana's Wedding in "The Crown"
The teaser for the next season debuts two new characters—including the one you've been waiting for.
On Aug. 20, Netflix dropped a teaser trailer and date announcement for Season 4 of its historical drama The Crown. It's only 30 seconds long, but there's still plenty to pore over and lots of Royal Family angst to look forward to. One distinctive image, however, will stand out to fans who've been waiting for this moment since the series first premiered back in 2016: Princess Diana in her wedding dress, about to marry Prince Charles in front of the whole world.
Of course, she wasn't Princess Diana yet at that point. Season 3 laid the groundwork for her arrival, dramatizing Prince Charles's (Josh O'Connor) first relationship with Camilla Shand (Emerald Fennell), later to become Camilla Parker Bowles. But this is the first season to feature Lady Diana Spencer, who's played by relative newcomer Emma Corrin. In Seasons 5 and 6, it was just announced last week, Tenet star Elizabeth Debicki will be taking over as an older Diana.
The younger Lady Diana doesn't speak in this teaser, and we never even get a clear, straight-on look at her face. But it seems like the series is going to lean into the pressures of her level of fame and the expectations put on her by her choice of in-laws. At least, that's what we assume from the shots of her looking introspective and overwhelmed. And you can also expect, based on reports that The Crown is one of the most expensive TV shows in history, that the Wedding of the Century will be almost as luxurious and extravagant as the real deal, which occurred in 1981.
And that's not all that's new this time around. Our first look at The Crown Season 4 also introduces Gillian Anderson as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and hints at a tense relationship between her and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman). You can binge the whole thing (and swoon over Diana's epic wedding gown again) when the new season of The Crown premieres on Netflix on Nov. 15. And for more fictional depictions of the late philanthropist, here is The Definitive Ranking of Every Actress Who's Played Princess Diana.