We recently looked into the new casting announcements for The Crown seasons five and six, which included Elizabeth Debicki, who will be playing Diana Princess of Wales, taking over from Emma Corrin, who makes her debut in season four.
We predicted that the final two seasons of the show would go into the scandals, including Diana’s death, leading up to and over the course of the Queen’s 1992 ‘Annus Horribilis’.
The creator of the show, screenwriter Peter Morgan, has confirmed this, saying that the show will focus on the Queen’s reign into the early 21st century, says Sky News.
While some are pleased that the show will end after these events play out on screen, others are disappointed that more recent controversial events in royal life won’t be dealt with, including Meghan and Harry’s decision to step back from royal duties, and Prince Andrew’s involvement with Jeffrey Epstein.
While a young Harry will be depicted in the show (casting still to be announced), a young Meghan won’t make it into the final seasons.
Morgan (below) provides us with a bit of clarity as to why.
“I just think you get so much more interesting (with time)…Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don’t know what their journey is or how it will end.”
“One wishes some happiness, but I’m much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago.”
“I sort of have in my head a 20-year rule. That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance.”
He notes that often things that seem “wildly important today” are instantly forgotten, while other things have “a habit of sticking around”.
“I don’t know where in the scheme of things Prince Andrew or indeed Meghan Markle or Harry will ever appear. We won’t know, and you need time to stop something being journalistic.”
“And so I don’t want to write about them because to write about them would instantly make it journalistic. And there are plenty of journalists already writing about them.”
Um, I would hazard a guess that Prince Andrew’s alleged indiscretions will not be forgotten about any time soon.
A young Harry and Meghan:
Morgan says that Meghan is too recent an addition to the Royal Family to depict her in the series, and her childhood holds little relevance to the story.
He does add that Meghan and Harry’s story can be told through analogy by covering similar relationships that in some ways mirrored their own.
“There’ve been wives that have been married into the Royal Family that have felt unwelcome and that they don’t fit in. So, there are plenty of stories to tell without telling the story of Harry and Meghan.”
That makes sense.
The Crown season four will air later this year, but at this stage, everyone seems more interested in the final two seasons.
It should be an interesting ride through history.
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