If you gobbled up season one of The Crown in approximately five days over Christmas like we did, you’ll be thrilled to hear that a controversial figure is to appear in the hit Netflix series in the future.
Season two will begin in 1956 with the Suez Crisis, and end in 1963 with the resignation of Prime Minister Howard Macmillan and it is expected to drop in the Autumn, a year after its debut was released.
However, show bosses have teaseed that they’ve already “mapped out” seasons three and four of The Crown and have decided to include a real life character who has grabbed headlines in recent years and who has been at the forefront of the modern royal saga.
Step into the limelight, Camilla Parker Bowles, aka HRH Duchess of Cornwall.
Though there are major details missing from this snippet of information – such as who will play Camilla and whether she has been briefed on her storyline – we are thrilled they let us in on this tasty bite of what is to come.
Producer Susanne Mackie and actress Claire Foy – who played a young Queen Elizabeth in series one and two – attended the BFI and Radio Times Television Festival in London over the weekend and dished on plans for the third and fourth season.
Susanne said creator Peter Morgan is cooking up “wonderful things” for the show and added: “Peter’s already talking about the most wonderful things. You start meeting Camilla Parker Bowles in season three. We have to be honest, season three and four are being mapped out.”
We’re not sure how Camilla – who became friends with the heir apparent in the early 197s but went onto marry Andrew Parker Bowles – will take the news because according to reports (see video above) she is “terrified of the public stage”.
But we’re also hopeful that this direction points to another introduction to a pivotal character in the royals’ modern saga – Princess Diana. Surely she’ll play a big part in The Crown later down the line or in season four, we hope?
Elsewhere, Claire and her co-star Matt Smith will be recast in season three as the show fast forwards in Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s lives.
Claire told the audience: “That’s not a shock – we always knew when we signed up to it, and also not to be funny but it’s also a real plus. As an actor there’s nothing worse than the sound of ‘seven years’.
“I’m sure to some people it sounds amazing but to us it’s like, seven years of playing the same person? And this is a tough job, you know?”