It’s the “beginning of the end,” according to Netflix’s freshly dropped trailer for its behemoth series, The Crown, inspired loosely by key epochs throughout the reign of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Season one looked back all the way to the 1940s, exploring the period around the Queen’s marriage to Prince Phillip, and for the fifth instalment, we’ve arrived at the ‘90s, and by the looks of this trailer, it’s going to be one hell of an era to cover.
Whilst other seasons may not have sparked the interest of all, particularly those not au fait or in support of the royals, here we centre even more so on the late Diana, Princess of Wales (Elizabeth Debicki), and in particular the dissolution of her marriage to a then Prince Charles (Dominic West), the love triangle they found themselves embroiled in, and the sensational, transformative events that followed. It’s a saga that’s captured hoards of gen-z social media users, with Lady ‘Di also becoming something of a posthumous style influencer, for moments like her iconic ‘revenge dress’ or those ‘90s active wear ‘fits.
Whilst such moments are covered, the devastation at the heart of this series is of an entirely different magnitude. The trailer begins with the Queen roaming the ruins of Windsor Castle following the catastrophic 1992 fire at the residence, “the royal family is in genuine crisis,” a voice subsequently says, and as the trailer finishes with Diana’s notorious 1995 interview with BBC Panorama, such an evaluation would appear to be accurate.
Head below for a taste of what’s to come in season five of The Crown, right now…