Season five of The Crown is slated to release to Netflix in 2022. Starring Australian export Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, it will follow the final years of her life. As the series continues to document more modern events, the question remains on whether a spin-off could focus on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It would certainly make for great television.
In a new interview with Tatler, actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw responded to fans who want to see her play Meghan Markle if a series like that would exist.
“Oh my God, that’s hilarious,” she said. The Morning Wars alum added that she would be “very flattered” if she was ever offered such a prestigious role but naturally, would have to “consider it”.
“It sort of feels like a fairytale from an American viewpoint,” the English actress said of the Royal family. “I’m sure it’s not an easy life. And I’m sure we don’t know the half of it. But I respect it. I wish them luck. It’s a tricky transition to make,” she said of Markle and Prince Harry.
The Crown creator Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter in 2020 that the series will finish before the Prince Harry era. According to the screenwriter it comes down to a creative decision and that the season would merely have a journalistic approach if it were to be made.
“I’m much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago,” he said. “That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance.”
In March, Prince Harry admitted that he had watched The Crown and didn’t have any objections to largely fictional television show. Speaking with James Corden on The Late Late Show, he said, “It’s fictional, but it’s loosely based on the truth. Of course it’s not strictly accurate, but loosely, it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”
“I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself,” he added. “Because it’s the difference between – that [The Crown] is obviously fiction, take it how you will, but this [the press] is being reported as fact because you’re supposedly news. I have a real issue with that.”
There’s your answer for now.