The Crown releases season 5 trailer with first-look at infamous Princess Diana interview

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21 Oct 2022, 06:46

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana (L), Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II (above) and Dominic West as Prince Charles (below)

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Netflix has finally dropped the first trailer for the highly-anticipated fifth series of The Crown. 

Season five features the royal family’s tumultuous journey through the 1990s, and is set to include the marital breakdown between Princess Diana and the now King Charles. 

The Crown will also tackle one of the most controversial talking-points for the royal family in generations - Princess Diana’s Panorama interview with Martin Bashir.

In the new drama, set to land on Netflix on 9th November, Elizabeth Debicki will take over from Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, while Dominic West will replace the outgoing Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles.

Watch the trailer below: 

Set to a dramatic cover of The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony, the trailer also gives a glimpse of Imelda Staunton’s take on stoic monarch Queen Elizabeth II, while Jonathan Pryce will take up the mantle as Prince Philip. 

“The royal family is in genuine crisis,” are the opening words in the two-minute trailer, reflecting the difficult challenges the monarchy were going through.

An emotional Diana says: “People will never understand how it’s really been for me. I never stood a chance,” before a determined Martin Bashir tells his colleagues: “She’s at breaking point because of the way she feels she’s been treated. They see her as a threat."

According to Sky News, the 1995 Bashir interview will not be recreated in full, but The Crown will reportedly show what is now known about how the BBC managed to obtain time with the late Princess, following Lord Dyson’s report.

Debicki’s Diana says moments ahead of the interview: “I won’t go quietly, I’ll battle till the end.”

Netflix have also introduced a small disclaimer to their official synopsis, only a few days after the likes of Dame Judi Dench urged the streaming service to do so “in a mark of respect” to the royal family. 

The synopsis now reads: “Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatisation tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign.

"It’s a new decade, and the royal family are facing what may be their biggest challenge yet: proving their continued relevance in ‘90s Britain. As Diana and Charles wage a media war, cracks begin to splinter the royal foundation."

The Crown series 5 lands on Netflix on 9th November.