The Crown stars recreate the infamous love triangle ahead of series launch


The Crown stars have recreated the famous love triangle between Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles. 

Series four of the historical Netflix drama will follow Charles and Diana’s tumultuous marriage, from their fairytale wedding in 1981 to when he resumed his extra-marital relationship with Camilla, five years later. 

And those playing the roles of the royals allude to the foreboding drama set to seep into the family and put the monarchy at risk, as they star in a covershoot for Town And Country magazine. 

‘There were three of us in this marriage’: The Crown stars have recreated the famous love triangle between Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles

The pictures, taken in a rural English garden symbolise the late Princess of Wales’ quote from 25 years ago: ‘There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded’. 

Josh O’Connor, 30, who will reprise his role as Charles, stood central in the photographs, while Emma Corrin, 24, (Lady Diana Spencer) and Emerald Fennell, 35, (Camilla) stood on either side, representing the young future King torn between his wife and mistress. 

Speaking of taking on the role of Diana, Emma told the publication: ‘The coldness, the traditions, and the expectations of behaviour…I don’t think she expected that.

Series four will follow Charles and Diana's tumultuous marriage, from their fairytale wedding in 1981 to when he resumed his extra-marital relationship with Camilla, five years later

Series four will follow Charles and Diana’s tumultuous marriage, from their fairytale wedding in 1981 to when he resumed his extra-marital relationship with Camilla, five years later

And those playing the roles of the royals allude to the foreboding drama set to seep into the family as they posed in a covershoot for Town And Country magazine

And those playing the roles of the royals allude to the foreboding drama set to seep into the family as they posed in a covershoot for Town And Country magazine

Iconic: A young Camilla (right) with Diana (left) in August 1997 at Ludlow racecourse

Iconic: A young Camilla (right) with Diana (left) in August 1997 at Ludlow racecourse 

To be wed: Josh O'Connor will depict Prince Charles

Drama: The series will depicts his turbulent marriage to Diana (Charles pictured in 1984)

To be wed: Josh will depict Prince Charles (left), as the series depicts his turbulent marriage to Diana (Charles pictured right in 1984)

‘I think she expected to join a family.’

The series will begin as the 1970s are drawing to a close, with the Royal Family preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles who is still unmarried at 30.  

The British nation is struggling with the impact of the divisive policies introduced by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Tensions between the Prime Minister and the Queen are expected to only get worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth. 

Josh O'Connor, 30, who will reprise his role as Charles, stood central in the photographs, while Emma Corrin, 24, (Lady Diana Spencer) and Emerald Fennell, 35, (Camilla) stood on either side

Josh O’Connor, 30, who will reprise his role as Charles, stood central in the photographs, while Emma Corrin, 24, (Lady Diana Spencer) and Emerald Fennell, 35, (Camilla) stood on either side

Tensions rising: The pictures, taken in a rural English garden symbolise the late Princess of Wales' quote: 'There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded'

Tensions rising: The pictures, taken in a rural English garden symbolise the late Princess of Wales’ quote: ‘There were three of us in this marriage, so it was a bit crowded’

Heart belongs elsewhere: A silver lining comes in the form of Charles' fairytale romance with young Lady Diana, but behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided

Heart belongs elsewhere: A silver lining comes in the form of Charles’ fairytale romance with young Lady Diana, but behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided

'She captivated the crowd': Josh said of Emma taking on the role: 'It's a legendary story, this one. Stepping into the casting room that day, she also had no experience acting on television'

Mesmerising: 'And yet she captivated the crowd,' Josh added

‘She captivated the crowd’: Josh said of Emma taking on the role: ‘It’s a legendary story, this one. Stepping into the casting room that day, she also had no experience acting on television’

A silver lining comes in the form of Charles’ fairytale romance with young Lady Diana, but behind closed doors, the Royal family is becoming increasingly divided. 

Josh said of Emma taking on the role: ‘It’s a legendary story, this one. Stepping into the casting room that day, she also had no experience acting on television.

‘And yet she captivated the crowd.’  

The other woman: Charles began his extra-marital affair with Camilla five years into the marriage and Fennell wore a racy black lace dress to represent the scandal

The other woman: Charles began his extra-marital affair with Camilla five years into the marriage and Fennell wore a racy black lace dress to represent the scandal

Diana married Charles in 1981, and the couple welcomed sons William in 1982 and Harry in 1984. 

Five years into the marriage, the couple’s incompatibility and age difference of almost 13 years became visible and damaging.

Charles resumed his relationship with his former girlfriend Camilla and Diana reportedly had an affair with riding instructor Major James Hewitt.  

After separating in 1991, the couple divorced in 1996, with Diana then tragically killed in a car accident on 31st August 1997.

Charles and Camilla eventually went public two years later and married in 2005. 

Emma’s casting was announced in April 2019, with The Crown’s creator Peter Morgan calling her ‘a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer.’  

Struggles: Five years into the marriage, the couple's incompatibility and age difference of almost 13 years became visible and damaging

Struggles: Five years into the marriage, the couple’s incompatibility and age difference of almost 13 years became visible and damaging

Troubled: The series will begin in the 1970s, with the Royal Family preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles

Troubled: The series will begin in the 1970s, with the Royal Family preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles

Dramatic: The Crown has released its official trailer for series four revealing a glimpse of Princess Diana (pictured played by Emma Corrin)

Dark: It also teases fans with a glimpse of Prince Charles ahead of the series' release in November (pictured played by Josh O'Connor)

Dramatic: The Crown released its official trailer for series four earlier this month, revealing a glimpse of Princess Diana  and her tumultuous marriage to Prince Charles

Stunning: Emma was previously seen filming Diana and Charles' Australian tour in October 2019

Gorgeous: For the visit Diana donned a famous pink dress and fascinator

Stunning: Emma was previously seen filming Diana and Charles’ Australian tour in October 2019 (left), where she donned the famous pink dress and fascinator (right)

Excited: Despite the turmoil that lay ahead, Diana seems excited at the prospect of being wed as the veil is placed on her face

Excited: Despite the turmoil that lay ahead, Diana seems excited at the prospect of being wed as the veil is placed on her face

The Crown Series Four will be released on Netflix on Sunday, November 15, and will see dark times for the royals as they face yet more political and social upheaval with the election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister.  

While from the outset Charles and Diana’s relationship seems to be the perfect fairy tale, their relationship seems to crumble quickly as the trailer shows them arguing in the middle of a church.

Gorgeous: It ends with an image of the Princess clad in her beautiful David Emanuel wedding gown, which boasted a train of 25 feet as she walked the aisles of St Paul's Cathedral

Gorgeous: It ends with an image of the Princess clad in her beautiful David Emanuel wedding gown, which boasted a train of 25 feet as she walked the aisles of St Paul’s Cathedral

Blushing bride: Fans of The Crown have already been given the first look at Princess Diana's wedding dress for the fourth series

The real thing: Lady Diana Spencer wore a large ruffled wedding dress for her 1981 nuptials to Prince Charles (pictured in the official wedding photographs)

Blushing bride: Fans have already been given a first look at Princess Diana’s wedding dress from the upcoming fourth series. Left is Emma in the homage and right Princess Diana on her wedding day

The Royal Family is once again hit by tragedy as they attend the funeral of Lord Mountbatten, after he was assassinated by a bomb hidden aboard his fishing boat in Mullaghmore, County Sligo, Ireland by members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army.

The preview then launches into a montage showing yet more drama besetting the Royal Family, including the Queen’s address to the World’s leaders, with Prime Minister Thatcher watching on, and Diana’s ongoing struggle to conform.

It ends with an image of the Princess clad in her beautiful David Emanuel wedding gown, beaming at the prospect of her impending nuptials as the veil is placed on her face. 

Wow! It comes after Netflix released a collection of first look snaps last month, showcasing the Royal Family thrown into an era of political change ( the Royal Opera House in March 1981)

Wow! It comes after Netflix released a collection of first look snaps last month, showcasing the Royal Family thrown into an era of political change ( the Royal Opera House in March 1981) 

Outing: Diana wore a similar black strapless dress when she and Charles were pictured at the same iconic venue (in March 1981) for a charity recital

Outing: Diana wore a similar black strapless dress when she and Charles were pictured at the same iconic venue (in March 1981) for a charity recital 

Young love? Diana and Charles chat in a scene from the series

Young love? Diana and Charles chat in a scene from the series

Bad Call? Princess Anne and Prince Charles speak on a tense phone call

Bad Call? Princess Anne and Prince Charles speak on a tense phone call

Bad Call? Princess Anne and Prince Charles speak on a tense phone call

It was recently announced that The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki has been cast as Princess Diana for The Crown’s final two series, while Jonathan Pryce was announced to be taking over the role of Prince Philip. 

The actor, 73, will join the star-studded cast of the hit Netflix show and portray the royal through the 1990s and 2000s.

Jonathan has said that it will be ‘a joy’ to act alongside Imelda Staunton as the Queen and Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret. 

Historic: Gillian Anderson is seen as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, depicting the moment she arrived at Downing Street in 1979, supported by her proud husband Denis (Stephen Boxer)

Historic: Gillian Anderson is seen as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, depicting the moment she arrived at Downing Street in 1979, supported by her proud husband Denis (Stephen Boxer)

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