Is 'The Crown' season 6 happening? Everything we know about the final season—from the plot to the cast

Wondering about 'The Crown' season 6? Here's everything you need to know about the controvesial, final installment

Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, smiling and resting her chin on her hands in The Crown Season 5 on Netflix
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If you're currently binge-watching The Crown season 5, with all its royal scandals and new faces—like Penny Knatchbull—we don't blame you for wondering if there will be another installment. Especially since the storyline is creeping closer and closer to the present day. So here's everything you need to know about The Crown season 6, from production news to the potential plot...

*Spoilers ahead*

As fans of one of Netflix's most-watched shows will know, The Crown centers around Queen Elizabeth II and her reign. So far it has depicted the events following her wedding to Prince Philip, right through to the breakdown of Princess Diana and Charles' tumultuous marriage in the 90s. The fifth season has featured everything from the fire at Windsor castle to Diana's iconic revenge dress.

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But what of the sixth season? So far we know that The Crown season 6 is set to go ahead, however news of the next series has so far sparked a lot of backlashes as its timeframe (of the late 90s to early 00s) will cover Princess Diana's tragic death and's what you need to know.

Is 'The Crown' season 6 happening?

Yes, thankfully for all you royal-drama-loving folks out there, Netflix has confirmed The Crown season 6 is a go. It will however be the final installment of the award-winning show.

Despite the renewal, things were looking slightly touch and go, after showrunners contemplated ending the show with the fifth season. However, the show's creator Peter Morgan issued a statement that there would be a sixth season after all, saying: "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."

Production for season six began in September 2022, with images of the cast on set—though filming was briefly suspended following the Queen's death on September 8th.

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Netflix also issued casting calls earlier in the year for two actors to portray a teen and young adult Prince William and for the role of Kate Middleton—hinting that we may see the beginning of their relationship in the final series, as they initially met in 2001. 

When will 'The Crown' season 6 come out?

So far there is no official release date and with season five only just landing on Netflix this month, fans will have a bit of a wait.

It's likely that the final season will drop in November 2023 but with filming already underway it could be earlier. However, the previous seasons have all dropped around November/December, so winter 2023 is definitely a safe bet.

'The Crown' season 6 cast: who will return?

As previous seasons have seen the actors playing the main royal family members return for two seasons, this will be the same for season six. Meaning the likes of Imelda Staunton, Elizabeth Debicki and Dominic West are all reprising their roles.

There will also be a few new faces joining the line-up, including Rufus Kampa—who will play a 15-year-old Prince William and Ed McVey, who will play him as a young/university-aged adult. Actress Meg Ballamy has also been cast in the role of Kate Middleton.

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Tristan Gemmill has confirmed that he will also be appearing in the show, though his role currently remains a mystery. Plus, model Kelly Brooks says she will also cameo, as showrunners requested to use a picture of her from her 90s modeling days as a poster. 

She told the Daily Star (opens in new tab): "That's definitely got to be a teenage boy's bedroom. Could I be on the wall of Prince Harry or Prince William's bedroom at Buckingham Palace? Was I a pin-up for them back in the 90s? How old were they then? Well, this is incredible. Of course, I have said yes."

What will 'The Crown' season 6 be about?

So far we know that the final season will cover the events from the late 90s and early 00s, which will include Princess Diana's death in 1997.

The Crown season 6 will feature the events leading up to the fatal car crash that killed Princess Diana and her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed and the aftermath. This has sparked a lot of backlash, though Netflix has confirmed to People (opens in new tab) that the moment of impact will not be shown in the series.

Elizabeth Debicki (who plays Diana in seasons 5 and 6) has also broken her silence about the plot, telling Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab): "I'll say that Peter and the entire crew of this job do their utmost to really handle everything with such sensitivity and truth and complexity, as do actors."

The plot will also likely focus on Prince William and Harry's teenage years and we can assume, with the casting of Kate Middleton, that we will see the couple meet and date at university—but will not go beyond the early 2000s.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, trends, fashion, and entertainment for GoodTo and My Imperfect Life. She also tests and reviews beauty and skincare products and tries out the latest TikTok hacks for My Imperfect Life.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.