As Netflix’s The Crown wraps up its decades-spanning royal epic, the second installment of the sixth and final season will shift gears to focus on the new vanguard of the British royal family.
Since the drama series premiered on the streaming giant in 2016, The Crown has brought to life the inner workings of the Firm, capturing the various events and scandals that punctuated the longest-ever reign of a British monarch.
Season six has been divided into two parts. The first, out today on Netflix, focuses on Princess Diana’s life after her divorce from Prince Charles and, eventually, her untimely death in 1997. Next month, part two will fast-forward in time to put a bigger spotlight on her elder son and the heir to the throne: Prince William.
Ahead, everything you need to know about part two of season six of The Crown.
When will part two drop?
Netflix released part one, which includes the first four episodes, on November 16. We can expect the last four episodes when part two of season six drops on December 14.
What is part two about?
While part one of season six primarily follows the burgeoning romance between Diana and Dodi Fayed, the second installment will portray Prince William as he begins his pursuit of higher education at St. Andrews College. There, he will meet Kate Middleton, his eventual wife and the next Princess of Wales.
In addition to William and Kate’s onscreen love story, we can expect to see a deeper behind-the-scenes look at the relationship between Charles and Camilla, whom he ultimately married in 2005, as well as looks at other royals like Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, and Prince Harry.
Who’s been cast in part two?
For the most part, the cast remains unchanged, with series regulars continuing their roles as members of the royal family. This includes Dominic West as Charles, Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Philip, and Olivia Williams as Camilla.
Newcomers will include Ed McVey as William, Meg Bellamy as Kate, and Luther Ford as Harry.
Will part two cover present-day events?
To put it briefly, no. While the royal family remains subject to even more scandals and rumors than what has been depicted in The Crown, showrunner Peter Morgan has previously spoken about not wanting to tackle modern events—so don’t expect to see a portrayal of Meghan Markle onscreen any time soon.
“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,” Morgan told Deadline in 2020. “To be clear, series six will not bring us any closer to present day—it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
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