The Crown: New Season 5 Photos Tease a Fractured Charles and Diana

The Crown Season 5

The Crown is set to resume its reign on Netflix with a new cast — and an unmistakable tarnish on that crown.

The streamer has released a fresh batch of first-look photos from the upcoming Season 5, debuting Wednesday, Nov. 9 and featuring Imelda Staunton taking over the lead role as Queen Elizabeth II. Jonathan Pryce steps in as Elizabeth’s husband Prince Philip, with Dominic West as her eldest son Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Charles’ wife Diana.

All is not well at Buckingham Palace, though: Season 5 delves deep into the marital rift between Charles and Diana, leading up to their announced separation in 1992. As we see in the above photo of Debicki as Diana, the toll of the media scrutiny is weighing heavily on her this season. Things are not any easier for Elizabeth, per the official synopsis: “With the new decade in its stride, the Royal Family are presented with possibly their biggest challenge to date, as the public openly question their role in ’90s Britain.”

The new cast also includes Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker-Bowles and Jonny Lee Miller as UK Prime Minister John Major. Read on to see more first-look photos from Season 5 and hear from the actors about inhabiting these very prominent roles. 

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