Here it is, the moment every royal obsessive has been waiting for: our first look at Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana. Oh, also Dominic West as Prince Charles. Today, Netflix released the pair of photos giving us yet another glimpse at the upcoming fifth season of The Crown. Previously, the streaming platform revealed an early look at Imelda Staunton as lady who wears the actual crown, Queen Elizabeth II.
In the official photos, Debicki is a dead ringer for the late princess. West on the other hand…kinda just looks like himself.
The new season of the acclaimed drama picks up the story of the British royal family in the early 90s, and will almost certainly be dominated by the Prince and Princess’s tabloid divorce. Debicki takes over the role of Diana from Emma Corrin, whose electrifying single-season as the Princess of Wales made her a star. West, meanwhile, steps into the role of Charles which Josh O’Connor played for the past two seasons, showing the Prince of Wales evolve from a sweetly sympathetic teenager into a world class tool.
The sneak peek comes after photos surfaced of Debicki on set in the UK filming the new season. Those grainy shots showed the Australian actress in character along with the kids playing Princes William and Harry, and were eerily reminiscent of the actual paparazzi photos that plagued the real Diana in the final years of her life. Diana’s fraught relationship with the media is likely to be a major storyline, with the fifth season expected to climax with her tragic death in 1997.
Our new Prince Charles (Dominic West) and Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki). pic.twitter.com/2QIMOhY1dE
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