The Crown Casts Dominic West as Prince Charles in Its Final 2 Seasons: Reports

Just after romance rumors sparked between Lily James and Dominic West, the actor is in talks to play Prince Charles in seasons five and six of The Crown.

By Lauren Piester Oct 20, 2020 1:35 PMTags

Nothing funny or ironic going on here, no sir. 

According to The Hollywood ReporterDominic West is in talks to play Prince Charles in The Crown's final two seasons. Now, if that news had come out in early October, we would have been like, "Oh sure! The guy from The Wire and The Affair!" But now, much later in October, we say, "That guy who left a handwritten note on his front yard to explain to reporters just how strong his marriage is? Oh, yes."

West would play Prince Charles during the period where Charles was married to Princess Diana while famously having an affair with his now-wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. West is recently known for his leading role in the Showtime series The Affair, in which he played a husband who cheated on his wife. Most recently, however, he's known for being photographed kissing an actress who was not his wife. 

All the Photos of Princess Diana in Season 4 of The Crown

On Oct. 12, photos surfaced of West kissing his co-star Lily James. On Oct. 13, West and his wife Catherine Fitzgerald appeared outside their home to assure press that there was nothing to worry about, with some help from a handwritten note.

"Our marriage is strong and we're very much still together. Thank you," read the note. 

Netflix had no comment on reports of West's casting.

While season four of The Crown will debut in November, seasons five and six won't debut until 2022 and 2023. 

Elizabeth Debicki will play Princess Diana with Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Phillip and Leslie Manville as Princess Margaret

Scroll down to get the full scoop on what's to come with The Crown

How Much of The Crown Is Left?

There are two more seasons to go before the tiaras and tea sets get put away for good (or at least until creator Peter Morgan decides to get them out again). Season five is next, and season six will be the last. 

When Will Season 5 Arrive?

November 2022! 

We know that it feels like we've waited forever, but the show has followed its routine production schedule. Season one came out in 2016, followed by season two in 2017. Season three arrived in 2019, season four in 2020, and now there's another break for season five. Morgan explained in an interview with THR that he needs the time off to both shoot and write the next season, since the show films in two-season chunks. 

The sixth and final season will likely premiere in 2023. 

How Far Will The Crown Get Before It Ends?

Seasons five and six will take the royal family into the 21st century, but not too far into it. Nothing super recent will be covered, but since each season tends to span around a decade, it makes sense that the show might end with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012. That would mean William and Kate's 2011 wedding would be featured, but little else from the 2010s. 

The New Diana

Elizabeth Debicki will play a slightly older Diana in season five, which will likely cover the '90s from her split from Charles to her death in 1997. She takes over from Emma Corrin, who debuted in season four.

The former Princess of Wales' boyfriend Dodi Fayed will reportedly be played by Khalid Abdalla, per Variety. Dodi's billionaire father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, will also appear in season five, as Oslo actor Salim Daw has been cast in this role.

The New Queen

The entire cast gets replaced every two seasons, so Olivia Colman will pass the torch to Imelda Staunton, who you may know best as Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter

The New Prince Philip

Game of Thrones star Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip in seasons five and six, taking over for Tobias Menzies.

The New Princess Margaret

Lesley Manville will follow in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter as the new Princess Margaret in seasons five and six.

The New Prince Charles

The Wire and The Affair star Dominic West plays Prince Charles, succeeding Josh O'Connor in the role.

Dominic's own son Senan will play a teenage Prince William in season five.

Meet Prime Minister John Major

Jonny Lee Miller has joined The Crown for season five as John Major, the British Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997. Gillian Anderson played previous Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who left office in 1990.

Meet Prince William and Kate Middleton

In Sept. 2022, Netflix revealed that two actors will portray a young William in season six: 16-year-old Rufus Kampa and 21-year-old Ed McVey. And 19-year-old Meg Ballamy will play Kate. 

Is There Any Chance of Seeing Meghan Markle on The Crown?

Sadly, no. As much as we keep hoping, Morgan said that Harry and Meghan, despite the captivating drama they've added to the world of the royal family, are too recent to cover with any clarity. 

"Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don't know what their journey is or how it will end," he told THR. "One wishes some happiness, but I'm much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago. I sort of have in my head a 20-year rule. That is enough time and enough distance to really understand something, to understand its role, to understand its position, to understand its relevance." 

Here's hoping for another season in 2040!  

Season four of The Crown premieres November 15 on Netflix.