One of the OG prestige Netflix series is about to come to an end: The Crown is filming its final season. We’ve been through three Queen Elizabeths, countless meetings with an untold number of prime ministers, and more “Nobody wants to hear what you have to say!” takedowns than we can even remember. And it’s been a
wild restrained, stoic ride. Here’s everything we know about The Crown season 6.
It is officially happening and they are already filming.
For a while there, it seemed as though there were going to be only five seasons of the show. And there were even some truly wild rumors that it may have had something to do with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s own Netflix deal (again, there’s no confirmation of that—just speculation). But then Netflix came out and announced that there would be a sixth and final season.
News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) July 9, 2020
The series' creator, Peter Morgan, told Deadline back in July 2020 that, “As we started to discuss the storylines for series 5, 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. To be clear, series 6 will not bring us any closer to present—it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”
That makes total sense! And we also know that they are already filming season 6, because we know they paused filming to honor Queen Elizabeth after her passing. Netflix told Deadline, “As a mark of respect, filming on The Crown was suspended today. Filming will also be suspended on the day of Her Majesty the Queen’s funeral.” And the Queen passed in September 2022, so season 5 wouldn’t have been filming at that point, which means they are in production on season 6.
We’ll get some returning actors.
Most of the actors on The Crown appear for two seasons, which means that our new Queen, Prince Philip, Princess Diana, Prince Charles, etc. will all be back. So returning cast members should include the following:
Imelda Staunton (Queen Elizabeth)
Jonathan Pryce (Prince Philip)
Lesley Manville (Princess Margaret)
Dominic West (Prince Charles)
Elizabeth Debicki (Princess Diana)
Plus, some new faces!
In the show's fifth season, Dominic’s son played Prince William, which is super fun. But because he’s a bit younger, they replaced him for the final season with two separate actors, and they also cast Kate Middleton. Fun!
Netflix Drama ‘The Crown’ Finds Its William And Kate: Two Actors To Play Prince & Newcomer Cast As Kate Middleton In Season 6 https://t.co/j3Mu4tw2RG
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 2, 2022
Notably, the fifth season also included way more Prince William stuff than Prince Harry stuff. Prince Harry made, like, only two appearances. So it almost seems as though, based on the casting announcement above, maybe Harry will be a very, very minimal part of the sixth season, if he’s there at all.
And Netflix already dropped some looks featuring Kate’s and Will’s actors playing them during their college years, and trust me, the casting department deserves a raise for these lookalikes!
A first look at Prince William (Ed McVey) and Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy) from the sixth and final season of The Crown, coming 2023. pic.twitter.com/hputORVqGt
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) April 27, 2023
Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy even had fun together and hit some major Will and Kate hot spots during their downtime.
Plus a behind-the-scenes bonus from filming in St. Andrews, Scotland. pic.twitter.com/4h8HUhJOC9
— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) April 27, 2023
And a royal weddinng...👀
Yep, on August 4, 2023, Netflix teased that the final season of The Crown is set to feature a *very* important royal wedding. Enter: King Charles and Queen Camilla, who were previously known as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.
After six seasons, seven years and three casts, @TheCrownNetflix comes to an end later this year.
We’ll be back with more soon, but here’s a hint at what’s to come in our final season. pic.twitter.com/zHbeqEqqWv
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) September 4, 2023
“After six seasons, seven years and three casts, @TheCrownNetflix comes to an end later this year,” the show’s official account posted on
Here's what the timeframe looks like:
Each season of The Crown covers roughly a decade, and season 5 ended with Princess Diana on vacation with Mohamed Al-Fayed, which happened in 1997. It’s worth noting, though, that the show seems to be messing with the timeline a little bit because IRL that trip took place right before Diana passed away. Narratively, it feels like the show still has to do a bit of work to get us to the point of Diana’s death (morbid, sorry), so we’ll see what they do with this.
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