Lesley Manville Will Play Princess Margaret in The Crown's Final Season

“At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop,” said creator Peter Morgan of ending the show after five seasons. “I’m grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision.”

The award-winning series finished filming its fourth season early, despite the coronavirus pandemic, Entertainment Weekly reported in March.

Colman will return as Queen Elizabeth in season 4, along with Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Carter as Princess Margaret, Erin Doherty as Princess Anne and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles. The upcoming season will also introduce newcomer Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana.

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Though an official release date has not yet been revealed — only that the fourth season will premiere this year — there are rumors that it will drop in November or December.

Although Meghan Markle and Prince Harry‘s exit from royal life and the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew’s friendship with Jeffrey Epstein have dominated headlines in recent months, the storylines will not make it to The Crown — and it was never the intention to cover the royal family up to the modern era.

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