The Crown season 4: That ending explained and all your questions answered

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Emma Corrin performs Diana, Princess of Wales.


Netflix’s drama The Crown is perhaps heading into its fourth season, however a few additions will seemingly draw new viewers in. Presenting: Princess Diana and Margaret Thatcher. The two are seared into the general public consciousness, however the particulars round them may want a bit of shoring up earlier than you watch them portrayed on the present.

Let’s dive into each query you might need in regards to the British royal household and extra.

Read extra: What The Crown will get proper (and fallacious) about Princess Diana


Gillian Anderson performs Margaret Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.


Who are the principle family members?

Aside from Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman), season Four follows:

  • Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies), the Queen’s husband
  • Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), the Queen’s youthful sister
  • Queen Elizabeth (Marion Bailey), the Queen’s mom
  • Lord Mountbatten (Charles Dance), a British Royal Navy officer and statesman, and Prince Charles’ great-uncle
  • Princess Anne (Erin Doherty), the Queen’s solely daughter
  • Prince Charles (Josh O’Conner), the Queen’s eldest son and the Prince of Wales
  • Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell), Prince Charles’ ex-girlfriend who married Andrew Parker Bowles
  • Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin), daughter of of John Spencer, eighth Earl Spencer, and Prince Charles’ future spouse

What’s the IRA?

At the start of the season, set in 1979, Lord Mountbatten, Prince Charles’ great-uncle, is killed in a bomb assault whereas fishing on a ship north-west of Ireland. The IRA, Irish Republican Army, declare duty for the execution. The IRA was a paramilitary group that emerged within the late ’60s, searching for to finish British rule in Northern Ireland. It was designated a terrorist group within the United Kingdom and an unlawful group within the Republic of Ireland.

Why did Prince Charles not marry Camilla?

Prince Charles and Camilla did have their time collectively as a pair, however their relationship ended after Charles joined the Royal Navy in 1973. While unconfirmed, the general motive Prince Charles did not marry Camilla is put all the way down to Camilla being deemed unsuitable as a spouse for the longer term king. The pair remained mates and, after Lord Mountbatten’s demise, a grief-stricken Charles relied on a now-married Camilla for solace. Eventually, they rekindled their romance and had an affair.


Emerald Fennell performs Camilla Shand.


Why did Prince Charles marry Diana as an alternative?

Charles met Diana when he visited the Spencer property in 1977. He was relationship her older sister Lady Sarah on the time. The two broke up and Charles pursued Diana. On paper, she had all the proper attributes for marriage: daughter of an earl with royal connections and no former boyfriends with tales the tabloids would eat up. In 1981, Charles proposed to Diana, who was 20 years outdated on the time, and she accepted.

Who’s Margaret Thatcher?

Margaret Thatcher was the British prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was the longest serving British prime minister since 1827 and the primary girl to carry that workplace. Her nickname, the “Iron Lady,” got here from her uncompromising politics and management type.

Why did Margaret Thatcher resign?

Thatcher led the Conservative Party to victory in three consecutive common elections. But after 11 years in Britain’s prime workplace, Thatcher resigned. Basically, this was due to her poll-tax insurance policies and opposition to additional British integration into the European Community alienating some members of her get together. She didn’t obtain a majority within the Conservative Party’s annual vote for collection of a frontrunner. In 1990, she introduced her resignation and was succeeded by John Major.


Helena Bonham Carter performs Princess Margaret, the queen’s youthful sister.


Was Princess Margaret married?

In episode 7, Princess Margaret, the queen’s youthful sister, learns she will be able to’t be together with her love Derek “Dazzle” Jennings (Tom Burke) as a result of the civil servant needs to turn into a Catholic priest and he is believed to be a “friend of Dorothy” — homosexual. This is not the primary time Margaret’s fallen in love. When discussing Prince Charles’ love for Camilla, Margaret refers back to the crown not permitting her to marry her love Group Captain Peter Townsend. She was 22 when the divorced man 16 years her senior proposed to her. These components contributed to the crown not approving their marriage. In 1960, Margaret married photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, however they divorced in 1978.

Did Princess Diana actually dance on the Royal Opera House?

Yes, Princess Diana actually did seem on stage for a shock dance efficiency on the Royal Opera House in 1985. Diana reached out to dancer Wayne Sleep and they choreographed a routine to Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl for a personal occasion to thank the patrons who had supported the Royal Ballet. Only just a few black-and-white images got here out from the evening.

What occurred to Princess Diana?

At the top of the season, it is the early ’90s, and Princess Diana and Prince Charles have two youngsters collectively, Prince William and Prince Harry. But they’ve each had affairs and Prince Charles is decided to separate. Next season, we’ll seemingly see the occasions resulting in the pair’s divorce in 1996 after 15 years of marriage. Following the divorce, Diana continued to be considered a member of the royal household, because the mom of the prince anticipated to in the future ascend to the throne. 

In 1997, Diana tragically died in a automotive accident within the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris whereas the motive force was fleeing the paparazzi. She was 36.

What do the actual royal household consider the present?

We’ll by no means actually know, because it’s unlikely the royal household would ever admit to watching The Crown. But in line with studies from sources near the household, they are not the most important followers.

Royal biographer Penny Junor instructed The Times of London that Charles would seemingly be “incredibly upset” by season Four due to the scene the place Lord Mountbatten says the royal household is disenchanted in Charles’ relationship with Camilla, including Mountbatten’s dismissal of Camilla to Charles’ face is “just not historically accurate.”

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