Watch the dramatic trailer for Season 5 of ‘The Crown’

Despite recent backlash from across the pond, Netflix is ​​pressing ahead with Season 5 of The Crown, releasing a dramatic trailer Tuesday that revisits one of the royal family’s most public scandals.

The trailer offers a glimpse of the upcoming Windsor drama and a handful of new stars, including Imelda Staunton, who will now play Queen Elizabeth II.

“Given the events of the last 12 months, I may have more to think about than most,” says the “Downton Abbey” actor at the start of the trailer. In the first shots, the deceased monarch stands between burnt rubble.

As a dramatic cover of Verve’s “Bittersweet Symphony” begins, journalist Martin Bashir (portrayed by Prasanna Puwanarajah) declares that “the royal family is in a real crisis.” At the center of the so-called “crisis” are Charles’ affair with Camilla and Diana’s struggle with the monarchy.

“Remember the one condition, the one rule,” Prince Phillip (Jonathan Pryce) reminds Diana. “You remain loyal to this family.”

“You mean softly?” the Princess of Wales replies.

The clip also debuts with Elizabeth Debicki as Diana (taking over Emmy-winning actress Emma Corrin), Dominic West as Charles, and Olivia Williams as Camilla. Season 5 of The Crown will also explore media coverage of Diana’s falling out with Charles and re-enact the viral BBC interview with Bashir in which she said, “I’m not going to go quiet.”

“I will fight to the end,” Di adds in the trailer.

As scandals seem to be unfolding all around her, the Queen closes the trailer and wonders, “How did this happen?”

The Netflix trailer has been criticized by Britain’s former Prime Minister John Major and actress Judi Dench. Days after Major called “The Crown” a “vat of nonsense,” the Oscar-winning “Belfast” star wrote a letter to Britain’s The Times newspaper, calling the series “inaccurate and hurtful.”

“The closer drama comes to our present, the more freely art seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism,” Dench wrote.

Netflix, which has repeatedly claimed that its series is a fictional retelling of a royal drama, will not include a disclaimer reminding viewers they are watching fiction.

“We have always presented ‘The Crown’ as a drama – and we have every confidence that our members understand that it is fiction based largely on historical events,” the streaming platform said in December 2020. Watch the dramatic trailer for Season 5 of ‘The Crown’

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