Just as Diana's entrance into the royal family made waves in 1981, her introduction on The Crown season 4 has generated similar buzz. Ten new episodes of the hit Netflix drama are here, and they dive into Diana's (Emma Corrin) ill-fated marriage to Charles (Josh O'Connor), who still harbors feelings for his married ex Camilla (Emerald Fennell). The season also explores Margaret Thatcher's (Gillian Anderson) tumultuous time as Prime Minister. As viewers binge-watch season 4, many are sharing their thoughts on the real-life royals on Twitter.
me after watching the crown season 4 pic.twitter.com/8Hzxpl3bW2
— sarah | the crown s4 spoilers (@sarahonfilm) November 16, 2020
There's plenty to dissect—from a foreshadowing scene between Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) and Prince Andrew (Tom Byrne), to the ties between Princess Diana and Meghan Markle. Several have drawn parallels between Diana's deteriorating relationship with the monarchy and Markle's exit from senior royal duties alongside Prince Harry earlier this year. After all, both women were perceived as fresh faces who became beloved by the public for their individuality. And for that independence, each was forced to distance herself from the royal family.
This connection between the late Diana and Markle has even been noted by The Crown creator Peter Morgan. “When you see a beautiful young princess struggling to find love and acceptance within the family, the parallels are obvious and the parallels write themselves,” he told Vanity Fair. "If you come into [the royal family] with any agenda for yourself—or if you come in and connect with the public in a way that threatens to change the way that the royal family connects with the public—that’s something that doesn’t particularly sit comfortably for either side."
Ahead, some of the best Twitter reactions to the Diana drama, Anderson as Thatcher, and why Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) is The Crown's secret weapon.
People have feelings about the Charles/Diana/Camilla triangle.
— future emmy nominee emma corrin (@beaarthur85) November 15, 2020
— 💛Hαƙυɳα💛 (@HakunaTheFckNot) November 16, 2020
— Hillary Banks (@soniamariesays) November 16, 2020
I think it's hilarious that "Prince Charles" is trending and when you click on it, it's nothing but "The Crown" watchers going "Fuck that dude"
— Tom and Lorenzo (@tomandlorenzo) November 16, 2020
Kendall Roy and Prince Charles are both melancholic number 1 boys forever denied their thrones, swallowed up by daddy issues and addiction (cocaine, Camilla). In this essay I will... pic.twitter.com/01rck2qGwQ
— Kaitlin Menza (@heykmenz) November 15, 2020
— Alexandra⁷ (@fakelovesgf) November 16, 2020
#TheCrown Me watching Prince Charles in Season 3: “The actor they got to play him is too nice, I’ll never be able to truly dislike him.”
Me watching Prince Charles in Season 4: pic.twitter.com/553bieLnWu
— Tori (@ValyrianPict) November 16, 2020
— Ms. Scarlett Vanderbelt (@SHAYSrebellionn) November 15, 2020
They're noting similarities between Diana and Meghan Markle.
Prince Charles is trending because Gen Z and Millenials are (re)learning about the abuse Princess Diana was subject to.
Harry and Meghan's exit always made sense, but now watching #TheCrown, it morally made sense. Harry left to protect his family, the family he chose. pic.twitter.com/FcY629WR3A
— Anna Gifty (@itsafronomics) November 16, 2020
— Matt Martin (@matthewjmartin_) November 15, 2020
“Diana is an immature little girl who, in time, will give up her struggles, give up her fight and bend, as Philip did. As they all do. And when she bends, she will fit.”
“And if she doesn’t bend, what then?”
“She will break.”
Meghan didn’t bend or break ... she left.#TheCrown pic.twitter.com/0UAipBUNdI
— Anna 🌸 (@anna_itsonlyme) November 15, 2020
The royal family destroyed Diana, and the only reason they didn’t get the chance with Meghan was because she escaped their clutches, I never understood why they moved so far away from them until now #TheCrown
— harry styles till i die (@anniej24_) November 15, 2020
— Oxtail Enthusiast (@mayavado) November 15, 2020
To her wedding, Meghan Markle wore the aquamarine ring Diana bought herself after her divorce with Charles went through. Kate got Diana’s sapphire engagement ring.
and thus their fates were sealed #thecrown pic.twitter.com/c01rLIGrnv
— Elena Nicolaou (@elenawonders) November 15, 2020
— Myra (@SussexPrincess) November 15, 2020
Gillian Anderson's transformation into Margaret Thatcher is undeniable.
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) November 15, 2020
— вероника (@theverokost) November 15, 2020
— hope (@stellaglbsons) November 15, 2020
I feel like the queen is gonna backhand Margaret Thatcher any second now. And I’m here for it. #TheCrown
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) November 16, 2020
That Prince Andrew scene had people talking.
— The Battinson🦇🦇🦇 (@BattinsonBatman) November 15, 2020
— phoebe 🐝🌈🌿 (@phoebe__ellen) November 15, 2020
— Windy Lindhy (@WindyLindhy) November 16, 2020
Princess Anne remains The Crown's unsung hero.
Sure everyone wants to talk about di and maggie this season but for me the clear star of the crown right now is princess anne and her party games and big buck huntress energy and her swaggering equestrian arrogance
— rachel syme (@rachsyme) November 16, 2020
In light of the new season of #TheCrown, I'd like to remind everyone of the time that Princess Anne was held at gunpoint and told to get out of her car, to which she replied "not bloody likely"... we stan! pic.twitter.com/0I2ApBikf5
— Jess 🪐 (@jessxroug) November 15, 2020
— ri (@MISSCLAIREFOY) November 16, 2020
Was The Crown always this sad?
— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) November 16, 2020
the amount of time I’ve spent fact-checking The Crown I could have learned a new language or something
— Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) November 16, 2020
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