After a teaser trailer that focused primarily on the ‘fairy tale’ wedding of Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Princess Diana (Emma Corrin), Netflix has released the official trailer for its British drama centrerd round the royal family The Crown Season 4. The trailer begins by highlighting the friction between Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) with some dire advice from Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter).
Season 4 picks up in the late 1970s with Queen Elizabeth and her family preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles who is still unmarried at 30. As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided.
Bend. Or Break.
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— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) October 29, 2020
Speaking about his portrayal of the two most powerful women in the country of that time, writer Peter Morgan explains “It could be said that they are two very similar women, born only months apart. They are very much defined by the Second World War, by a sense of a sense of frugality, hard work, commitment, Christianity and so much more. It was a commonly held piece of wisdom that the Queen and Thatcher didn’t get on. I think there was probably a lot of respect. But they also had many differences, it was really fun exploring their differences and their similarities. I also get a chance to explore them both as mothers. Writing Thatcher and the Queen as mothers was probably an angle that no one has explored before. But it yielded one of my favourite episodes in the season.”
On creating the character of one of the most iconic Royals, Peter said “Diana now has a historical perspective. I am really conscious of that. I really don’t want to get too close so that what I do is journalistic. I really want to make sure that there is enough distance so that if you tell the story of Diana it can almost be something else. It can have metaphorical resonance.”
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— The Crown (@TheCrownNetflix) October 18, 2020
As she's shown dancing and being greeted by the paparazzi and fans abroad, Diana tells the queen, "All I want is to be loved. That's all any of us want from you." Separately, the Queen Mother (Marion Bailey) advises that “in time she will give up her fight and bend, as they all do." However, Princess Margaret gives a warning and says, “If she doesn't bend, though, she will break."
Season four of The Crown starts streaming on Netflix on Nov. 15. Watch the trailer here: