The much-anticipated new season of The Crown was released on Netflix Nov. 15. Season 4, which covers the lives of Britain’s royal family from 1979 to 1990, takes a deep dive into Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship. But one major moment was left out and viewers took to social media to express their frustrations about that not being shown.
Read on to find out what royal fans are saying, plus the reason the show’s stars gave as to why the event was not included. WARNING: The Crown Season 4 spoilers ahead!
What major moment was left out of season 4?
The Crown season 4 trailer teased the Prince and Princess of Wales’ royal wedding as it showed Emma Corrin, who plays Diana, decked out in a replica of the princess’s iconic wedding dress. However, the wedding is never actually shown in the series.
The third episode ends with Corrin in the gown heading out of the palace and to the church. However, the next time viewers see her she is already pregnant with Prince William, which is months after the wedding.
As The Metro reported, the character is seen prepping for the big affair but then all viewers get is “a voiceover of a priest making his sermon while the family got ready within Buckingham Palace walls.”
A number of royal fans were upset by this and took to Twitter to voice their disappointment.
What royal fans think about the event not being in the series
The Express noted that several fans were disappointed about not seeing the “wedding of the century” recreated and made their opinions known.
“All the footage in the trailer is what you see. Just a glimpse of her dress and that’s it??” one fan tweeted.
“THEY MADE AN ENTIRE REPLICA WEDDING DRESS AND THIS IS ALL WE GET?!?!?!? WTF??” another wrote.
“I guess showing us the wedding scene would have been too expensive,” a third person opined.
“Wait, so they did a full costume of Princess Diana’s wedding gown then only gave us the glimpse from the back THAT WAS IN THE TRAILER?” a fourth person posted.
Other fans were more focused on the recreated wedding dress as well as Corrin’s portrayal of the princess and praised the series for that.
“Just finished season 4 of The Crown. It honestly has to be one of the best seasons yet, although I would have liked to seen more of Princess Diana’s & Prince Charles’ wedding! But Emma Corrin portrayed Princess Diana so perfectly I don’t think they could have found anyone better!” one viewer commented.
While another added, “THIS SHOT OF PRINCESS DIANA’S WEDDING DRESS! I GASPED!”
Actors who play Charles and Diana explain why it wasn’t included
Corrin and Josh O’Conner, who portrays Prince Charles in the hit series, offered explanations as to why the royal wedding ceremony wasn’t shown in season 4.
“We never re-create things just for the sake of re-creating them. I think if we do re-create a scene — like the engagement scene, for instance, when they do the announcement — it has to be because it’s linked to something that the characters are going through. It has to be part of the story. It has to further the plot, basically,” Corrin told The Hollywood Reporter. “The wedding scene, you can YouTube it and you could be watching it in 10 seconds so I don’t think there’d be any point in us re-creating it.”
O’Conner agreed with his co-star and said: “That’s The Crown for you. That’s why The Crown is so good. Peter Morgan isn’t interested in showing you the wedding because, yeah, Emma’s right, you just go on YouTube and you can watch it. I think all the historical events are important for punctuating so that the audience knows where we are… He basically signposts it using historical events. But what’s more interesting, because Charles and Diana have to be a certain way on their wedding day, you don’t see the nuance; whereas when it’s behind closed doors, [like] the rehearsal, we have more license to create and fictionalize.”
Seasons 1 through 4 of The Crown are currently streaming on Netflix.
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