Netflix started announcing the third and final set of royal lookalikes long before season four premiered, so we already have a pretty good idea of what the show’s next cast will look like. Downton Abbey and Harry Potter’s Imelda Staunton will replace Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth; Game of Thrones alum Jonathan Pryce will replace Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip; Jonny Lee Miller will play John Major; and Phantom Thread’s Lesley Manville will step into the (very stylish) shoes of Princess Margaret, following Helena Bonham Carter’s cheeky take on the queen’s younger sister.
On being cast as Margaret, Manville said in a press release, “To play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.”
Netflix also confirmed in August that Elizabeth Debicki, most recently seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, will play Princess Diana in the final two seasons of The Crown, replacing Emma Corrin. Additionally, The Affair’s Dominic West has been tapped to replace Josh O’Connor as an aging Prince Charles. And in August, the streamer released the first images of the couple as their real counterparts.
In the spring of 2022, Emily in Paris star Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu confirmed that she’d have a small role in The Crown season 5.
Leroy Beaulieu will play Monique Ritz, the widower of Charles Ritz – who inherited the Ritz Hotel in Paris from her late husband and later sold it to Mohamed Al-Fayed. The Ritz was in Paris where Princess Diana was staying with Al Fayed’s son Dodi Fayed before their deaths – a tragedy expected to be covered in this season of The Crown.