“The Crown” portrays the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her rise to power as a young ruler to the present highlighting key moments during her reign.
In Season 4 of “The Crown” the storyline is not just about Queen Elizabeth II, but it is about her son Prince Charles and Princess Diana Spencer. This season they decided to go more in depth into the marriage between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
We see a teenage Lady Diana Spencer being introduced to Charles the Prince of Wales. However, it was not love at first sight for the both of them. At the time, Prince Charles was dating Diana’s older sister, Lady Sarah Spencer. Prince Charles is pressured by his family to get married, because he is a 28-year-old future king who needs a queen by his side.
Eventually, Prince Charles decides to marry Lady Diana, but he is still in love with Camilla Parker Bowles, whom he calls the love of his life. The marriage between Charles and Diana starts to crumble because of Charles’ affair with Bowles and how Diana is getting the spotlight on to her then of Charles.
Throughout the season we not only see the failed marriage of Prince Charles and Princess, but we also see how Queen Elizabeth II is not the only woman ruling the United Kingdom. In 1979, we are introduced to Margaret Thatcher, who is the first woman to become the Prime Minister of England.
Although Thatcher broke many barriers, she was a very tough woman when it came to politics. She was dubbed as the “Iron Lady” because of her politics and leadership style.
This season of “The Crown” gave us a much darker side of Princess Diana. In two episodes, we get to see how she struggled with an eating disorder before and during her marriage to Prince Charles. They would put a disclaimer before the episode would start because some of the scenes are very strong to watch.
Overall, the performances this season were amazing, especially the new characters. Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor who gave outstanding performances as Princess Diana and Prince Charles. Gillian Anderson deserves that Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Margaret Thatcher because her character was so compelling and spot on.