All We Know About Netflix's The Crown Prequel

All We Know About Netflix's The Crown Prequel

Rachael Grealish April 9, 2022

Netflix is allegedly in early-stage conversations with The Crown producer Left Bank to make a prequel of the show, according to reports.

The highly-successful show is due to hit the streaming site with it’s fifth, and penultimate, series this year, but this might not be one of the last times we get a look into royal life.

What We Know About The Crown Prequel

As it’s currently only in the conversation stage the project doesn’t have a name of even an official plot, Deadline said it ‘understands ‘conversations over the prequel are in their early stages and it is not yet in development nor near greenlight stage’.

However the publication says the prequel would likely cover the pre-World War Two era or late Victorian era when Queen Victoria reigned. Until our current Queen, Victoria was the country’s longest reining monach.

The Daily Mail claims the prequel will ‘begin with the death of Victoria in 1901, and cover the abdication crisis after Edward VIII fell in love with Wallis Simpson, and the rise of socialism and fascism in Europe’. The abdication was covered in flashbacks of the current show as was the death of Edward VIII.

But with the success of the current Netflix series it wouldn’t be hard to see why a prequel would be something to think about. The Crown has been one of the UK’s biggest Netflix shows, costing around £100M ($130BN) per season and scooping up 21 Emmy awards in its four seasons.

The Crown Season 5

Although a prequel might be far off the next season of the royal drama is due to hit our screens at the end of this year. Season four focused on the relationship between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer – including the crumbling demise of it.

Season five is said to pick up from there leading up to the couple’s eventual divorce and Lady Di’s untimely death due to a car crash in Paris in 1997. Although previous seasons have covered a huge number of years within the six-episode run, the show’s writer Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter season five ‘will not bring us any closer to present day—it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail’.

Joining the season five cast as Queen Elizabeth is Imelda Staunton, while Dominic West is playing Prince Charles. Game of Thrones alum Jonathan Pryce will be taking on the role of the late Prince Phillip and Elizabeth Debicki will be playing Princess Diana.

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.