The forthcoming season of Netflix’s royal series will fast-forward and introduce a familiar face: Diana, Princess of Wales. 

By Liz Steelman
January 26, 2018
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Blew through all of The Crown season two in a royal 10-hour binging session? Can’t wait for season three? Well, details about the upcoming third season have emerged that will make you wish the impending time jump was happening in your real life, too: Not only will the next season feature a fast-forward to the 1970s, as well as an entirely new cast, but it will also feature a certain favorite face: Princess Diana.

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Though there’s been an uptick in interest around the Princess of Wales joining the storyline, diehard The Crown fans will know this isn’t news, per se: Creator Peter Morgan actually delivered this information all the way back in 2016 in an interview with People, when he revealed that Princess Di will be introduced towards the end of season three, and featured prominently in the storylines for the following two seasons. We don’t know yet exactly in what situation we’ll be introduced to Diana, but, as Vanity Fair speculates, there is a good chance we’ll meet her when Prince Charles does: At the famed 1977 pheasant shoot at Diana’s family’s estate. (This might be a spoiler for those not aware of the two’s meet-cute, but Charles was dating Di’s older sister Lady Sarah at the time).

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Though we can only imagine what Morgan and the new cast of The Crown has in store for us, we will have to wait until later this year to find anything out for sure. If you remember, season one premiered in November 2016, and season 2 premiered in December 2017. Here’s hoping nothing stalls the glorious return to Buckingham Palace—good thing we have a real-life royal wedding and a royal baby to tide us over until later this year!