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Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown, Season 5

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The new season will take viewers through the 1990s, one of the most tumultuous eras for the late monarch and her son: in 1992 a section of Windsor castle was ravaged by fire, the same year that King Charles III announced his separation from Diana; the Queen went on to described the period as her ‘annus horribilis’ or ‘year of misfortune’. In 1996, Charles and Diana would divorce, as would Prince Andrew and Sarah, Duchess of York. A year on, the nation was flung into a period of mourning following Princess Diana’s untimely death. 

The palace is reportedly concerned with the televised coverage of these topics, given Charles’s recent accession to the throne and his surge in popularity since becoming British sovereign. Over the weekend, a trailer for the series was aired, showing the then Prince Charles, played by Dominic West, and Princess Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, preparing for ‘explosive’ TV interviews about their ‘broken marriage’. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the Chelsea Flower Show, 1984

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