The Crown season 6: What will it cover? Who’s in the cast? All you need to know about the final series of the Netflix royal drama

The Crown’s final series is expected to cover the late 1990s to the early 2000s, following Queen Elizabeth II's professional relationship with Tony Blair after Princess Diana's death.

By Sophia Moir Published: 13 May 2022 - 5.04pm
Getty Queen Elizabeth II and Tony Blair at the Millennium Dome in 2000

Queen Elizabeth II and Tony Blair at the Millennium Dome in 2000

It might be Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee this year, but Her Majesty's reign on Netflix is coming to an end.

Even as fans eagerly await the arrival of The Crown season 5 on Netflix in November 2022, anticipation is already building around The Crown season 6, which is confirmed to be the final season of the royal drama.

The sixth and final chapter of The Crown will continue to focus on Queen Elizabeth II - and it will feature the same main cast as in season 5 - but there are thought to be a few new additions including Kate Middleton, who will appear during her early romance with Prince William.

Here, we reveal everything we know so far about The Crown season 6, including the rumoured release date, the plot and time period it will cover, who’s in the cast, and more.

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When is the release date of The Crown season 6 on Netflix?

Netflix hasn’t confirmed the release date for The Crown season 6, but judging by release dates of previous seasons, we predict it will land on Netflix in November 2023.

Keep this article bookmarked because we’ll update it with the release date when it's announced by Netflix.

The good news is that season 6 is definitely in the works, and filming is set to start in August 2022. 

The show’s creator Peter Morgan decided to split the final season into two to allow for greater detail into the show’s storyline, with season 6 being the last ever series.

Morgan explained: “As we started to discuss the storylines for series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.”

You can stream all four seasons of The Crown on Netflix, and The Crown season 5 premieres in November 2022.

What’s the plot of The Crown season 6? What time period will it cover?

The Crown season 6 is expected to portray royal events from the mid-to-late 1990s to the early 2000s. Each previous installment of The Crown has covered roughly a decade.

Netflix hasn’t released any official information regarding the plot for series 6, but we can speculate based on key events in Queen Elizabeth II’s reign during that time period. 

We would expect The Crown season 6 to explore events that took place after the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997.

It’s also expected to follow Tony Blair's years in power (1997-2007) and his professional relationship with Queen Elizabeth II following Diana’s death. Politically, the 9/11 terrorist attacks also took place during this period, followed by the War in Iraq.

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Queen Elizabeth II with Cherie Blair, Tony Blair and Prince Philip outside 10 Downing Street to celebrate the Golden Jubilee in 2002

Other key events include the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, celebrating Her Majesty’s 50 years on the throne. On a more sombre note, Queen Elizabeth II faced the deaths of her beloved sister, Princess Margaret, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, within a few months of each other in that same year.

Royal relationships under the microscope in season 6 could include Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson (who separated in 1992 and divorced in 1996), as well as Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips (who separated in 1989 and subsequently divorced in 1992).

Excitement is building around a potential storyline involving Prince William and Kate Middleton’s early university romance. They both enrolled at the University of St Andrews in September 2003, and their characters are currently being cast (more on that later).

Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend Chelsy Davy is not expected to appear in The Crown season 6, as the couple didn’t start dating until 2004. The series is thought to wrap up before then.

The show’s creator Peter Morgan has confirmed that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s romance will not feature in The Crown’s final season. He explained in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter

“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.”

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Who’s in the cast of The Crown season 6?

Since its inception, the actors playing the principal characters in The Crown - notably the Royal Family themselves as well as politicians and senior courtiers - have changed every two seasons, so the big cast changes will happen for the start of season 5. 

There could, however, be some changes among the younger members of the cast between seasons 5 and 6. The royal princes, for instance, will be teenagers in season 5 but adults by the time season 6 ends. And one now familiar face won't make her first appearance until The Crown is almost over...

New characters for season 6

Actress TBC - Kate Middleton

In late April 2022, a casting call notice revealed that Netflix producers are looking for a “budding young actor” to play 18-year-old Kate Middleton - before she became Catherine, Duchess of Catherine - in season 6 of The Crown.

The notice read that they were looking for an actor with a "strong physical resemblance" to the young Kate, with photographs of her looking fresh-faced at university for reference.

It's not been revealed who will play Kate, although fans on social media speculated that they'd like to see Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley take on the role, due to the strong physical resemblance.

Normal People actress Daisy Edgar-Jones has also thrown her hat into the ring, telling an interviewer on the Today Show that she “wouldn’t say no” if she was offered the part.

 

Actor TBC - Prince William 

In March 2022, a casting call notice revealed that Netflix was looking for a young actor to play Prince William aged between 16-21 years old (this would therefore cover the young prince’s late teenage years from 1998-2003). 

It's not been revealed who’s been cast as Prince William to appear alongside the young Kate Middleton. 

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Prince William poses for a photo outside University of St Andrews in 2003

A casting call posted some six months earlier also revealed that they were looking for an actor to play Prince William when he was 13 years old.

However, it looks as though 14-year-old Senan West - the son of Dominic West, who’s playing Prince Charles - will take on the role, as he’s been confirmed to be playing Prince William in season 5.

Actor TBC - Prince Harry

In March 2022, a casting call notice revealed that Netflix was on the hunt for a young actor to play Prince Harry aged between 16-20 years old in season 6 of The Crown.

It’s not yet been revealed who’s been cast in the role.

Returning characters from season 5

Imelda Staunton - Queen Elizabeth II

Imelda Staunton (who you may recognise as Dolores Umbridge from the Harry Potter films) will continue her role as Queen Elizabeth II in season 6 of The Crown.

She's the third (and final) actress to portray Her Majesty in the hit Netflix historical drama, following in the footsteps of Claire Foy in seasons 1 and 2 and Olivia Colman in seasons 3 and 4.

The Irish-English actress received critical acclaim for her role in the 2004 film Vera Drake, for which she won the BAFTA for Best Actress and picked up an Oscar nomination. 

Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown Netflix
Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown

Lesley Manville - Princess Margaret

Lesley Manville will return to play Princess Margaret in season 6 of The Crown. She took over from Helena Bonham Carter, who played The Queen’s younger sister in seasons 3 and 4, and Vanessa Kirby, who took on the role in seasons 1 and 2.

Manville is another acclaimed British actress, with multiple BAFTA and Oscar nominations to her name. She's best known for roles in Phantom Thread, Mum, and Maleficent. More recently, she's appeared in the TV series Save Me, World on Fire and Harlots.

 

Jonathan Pryce - Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Jonathan Pryce will continue to play the role of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in The Crown season 6. He took over from Tobias Menzies, who played the Duke of Edinburgh in seasons 3 and 4. Matt Smith played the role in seasons 1 and 2.

After a long and distinguished career on stage and screen, the Welsh actor earned his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Pope Francis on Netflix. He has also appeared in films including The Wife, Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as TV shows including Game of Thrones and Taboo and West End stage musicals Miss Saigon and My Fair Lady.

 

Elizabeth Debicki - Princess Diana 

Elizabeth Debicki will return as Diana, Princess of Wales, also known as ‘The People’s Princess’. The character was introduced as Lady Diana Spencer in season 4, played by Emma Corrin.

Australian actress Debicki is known for film and TV roles including The Great Gatsby, Everest, Widows, and The Night Manager.

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown Netflix
Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in The Crown

Dominic West - Prince Charles

Dominic West will return to play Prince Charles, who was introduced to the show in season 3, played by Josh O'Connor.

The English actor is best known for roles in The Wire and The Affair. More recently, he appeared in the Sky comedy series Brassic as Vinnie's blundering GP. 

Aside from his role in The Crown, he recently appeared alongside Lily James in the BBC adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s classic novel The Pursuit of Love.

 

Olivia Williams - Camilla Parker Bowles

Olivia Williams will return to play Camilla Parker Bowles, Prince Charles's mistress and the "third person" in the marriage that Diana referred to in her interview with Martin Bashir. 

Camilla was introduced as Camilla Shand in season 3 of The Crown, with Killing Eve scribe Emerald Fennell playing her in the role. 

Award-winning actress Olivia Williams has appeared in many films and TV shows including Lucky Break, An Education, The Ghost Writer and The Sixth Sense. 

 

Bertie Carvel - Tony Blair

Doctor Foster and The Sister actor Bertie Carvel will return to The Crown for season 6 in the role of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Blair was elected to No 10 in May 1997 following a landslide victory for the Labour Party. The series is thought to explore his relationship with The Queen, following the death of Diana just three months later. 

It won't be Carvel's first appearance in the Netflix drama - in the season 2 episode titled Marionettes, the stage and screen actor played broadcaster Robin Day.

Lydia Leonard (Gentleman Jack, Ten Percent) will play the PM's wife, Cherie Blair.

Is there a trailer for The Crown season 6?

No, there isn’t a trailer for The Crown season 6 as filming hasn’t started yet.

Dominic West as Prince Charles in The Crown season 5 Netflix
Dominic West as Prince Charles in The Crown season 5

Where is The Crown season 6 filmed?

Filming for The Crown season 6 will commence in summer 2022, so we’ll have more information on filming locations when it starts. 

Who created The Crown?

The Crown was created by British screenwriter and playwright Peter Morgan, who also writes all the episodes of the drama. 

He's no stranger to writing about the royals, as he wrote the screenplay for 2006 film The Queen, which starred Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II and Michael Sheen as Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He later wrote the script for the 2013 West End play The Audience, which centered on Queen Elizabeth II's weekly meetings with her Prime Ministers. Helen Mirren reprised her role for the stage productions. 

Peter Morgan has revealed that he warns senior officials at Buckingham Palace what he plans to cover in The Crown. 

Speaking to The Times, he said he "had meetings four times a year with people who are very high ranking and very active within the organisation”. He said: “Respectfully, I tell them what I have in mind and they brace themselves slightly.”

Will there be more seasons of The Crown?

No, Peter Morgan has confirmed that The Crown season 6 will be the show’s last.

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