'The Crown' season 4 trailer teases darkness behind Charles and Diana's 'fairy tale' marriage

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Emma Corrin as Diana in The Crown. (Netflix)
Emma Corrin as Diana in The Crown. (Netflix)

Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship takes centre stage in the latest trailer for the fourth season of The Crown.

In the upcoming season, focus will be on the courtship and matrimony of the Queen's (Olivia Colman) eldest son (Josh O'Connor) and Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) as the Netflix series moves into the 1980s.

Their doomed union takes precedent in the trailer as narration describes a "fairy tale" romance contrasting with scenes hinting at the turbulent goings-on behind closed doors, with the final shot depicting Diana on her 1981 wedding day.

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"Here is the stuff of which fairy tales are made. A prince and princess on their wedding day. But fairy tales usually end at this point with the simple phrase: 'They lived happily ever after'," the narration states.

"As husband and wife live out their vows, loving and cherishing one another, sharing life's splendours and miseries, achievements and setbacks they will be transformed in the process.

"Our faith sees the wedding day not as the place of arrival but the place where the adventure really begins."

Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) in The Crown. (Netflix)
Princess Diana (Emma Corrin) and Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) in The Crown. (Netflix)

The preview also provides a glimpse at the adoration that followed Diana with clips showing her surrounded by cheering crowds during the married couple's 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

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Her behind-the-scenes struggles won't be shied away from though as the historical drama will tackle her battle with bulimia.

Also witnessed in the trailer is Gillian Anderson in the role of Margaret Thatcher, who was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, as she makes her entrance to the show in the upcoming series.

Dennis Thatcher (Stephen Boxer) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) in 'The Crown'. (Netflix)
Dennis Thatcher (Stephen Boxer) and Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson) in 'The Crown'. (Netflix)

The series will chart the Fawklands war which took place during Thatcher's tenure as PM in 1982.

Returning from season three in addition to Colman is Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham-Carter as the monarch's sister Princess Margaret.

The Crown season 4 launches on Netflix on 15 November.

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