Netflix has given eager fans a glimpse into what to expect from the upcoming and final season of its critically acclaimed series, “The Crown.” This historical drama, which initially captivated audiences in 2016, delves into the intricacies of the British Royal Family, chronicling their challenges and triumphs beginning with the passing of King George VI and the ascension of his daughter, Queen Elizabeth, to the throne.
As the sixth and concluding season approaches, set to premiere later this year, anticipation is running high. The show is widely expected to encompass the tragic death of Princess Diana. However, Netflix has now revealed another captivating storyline that will feature prominently in the final season – the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles.
But it won’t be the weddings of Princes William or Harry that take center stage in the series. Instead, viewers will be treated to the retelling of Prince Charles’s union with Camilla Parker-Bowles, which transpired in 2005 at the majestic St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The marriage was notably controversial and had a tumultuous history, with Queen Elizabeth II initially disapproving of their relationship.
The royal family’s reservations about the match stemmed in part from the fact that Prince Charles’s affair with Parker-Bowles had brought considerable scrutiny and disrepute to the family. This unease was palpable on the wedding day itself when Queen Elizabeth II, Charles’s mother, chose to leave the wedding celebration to watch horse racing in another room.
The marriage between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles was, of course, preceded by Charles’s first marriage to Princess Diana. Her famous interview statement, “There were three of us in this marriage,” alluded to Parker-Bowles, and it caused a significant uproar at the time.
Following Diana’s tragic death in a car accident in Paris in 1997, Prince Charles’s relationship with Parker-Bowles became increasingly public. Although it resulted in a notable decline in his popularity among the British public, over time, Parker-Bowles was accepted as the heir to the throne’s partner. Their relationship culminated in a civil ceremony in 2005.
Prince Harry, Charles’s son, revealed earlier this year in his memoir, “Spare,” that both he and Prince William had urged their father not to remarry. Despite their objections, Prince Charles proceeded with the marriage.
“Despite Willy and me urging him not to, Pa was going ahead,” wrote Harry in his book. “We pumped his hand, wished him well. No hard feelings. We recognized that he was finally going to be with the woman he loved, the woman he’d always loved.”
According to Claudia Harrison, the actress portraying Princess Anne in both Seasons 5 and 6 of “The Crown,” the wedding scene was the final one shot by the cast. Filmed at York Minster Cathedral in England, it featured the entire royal family, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth in the final two seasons of the series, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, and young actors Ed McVey as Prince William and Luther Ford as Prince Harry.
As fans eagerly await the release of “The Crown” Season 6, the portrayal of Prince Charles and Camilla’s wedding promises to be a pivotal and thought-provoking part of the series’ conclusion.