Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to ...

Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to ...
Peter Morgan will end The Crown after season six as the plot is too close to ...

The Crown will end after series six because recent events haven't had enough time to 'gain a proper perspective', an excutive producer has confirmed.

Suzanna Mackie revealed that the Royal drama will come to an end in the early 2000s, when Prince Harry and William were just teenagers, meaning Harry's wilder years and marriage to Meghan Markle will be avoided by the creators.

Speaking to Broadcast on Thursday, the producer, 35, claimed the Netflix show's creator Peter Morgan 'simply can't' write another season because recent history hasn't 'had time to gain a proper perspective'. 

Final season: The Crown creator Peter Morgan will end the show after season six because the plot is too close to present day, executive producer Suzanne Mackie confirmed on Thursday

Final season: The Crown creator Peter Morgan will end the show after season six because the plot is too close to present day, executive producer Suzanne Mackie confirmed on Thursday

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She explained: 'Peter has said it very articulately, that he simply can't write something unless there has been time to gain a proper perspective.' 

Suzanne also reflected on the fact that Peter likes to leave a decade between The Crown's plot lines and current modern life. 

She explained: 'I think he's [Peter] always felt 10 years is the minimum amount of time that he can see something in a historical context, to allow him to really understand it. I don't think he'll deviate from that.

The executive producer continued: 'We all know these stories, but what Peter does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way.'

The Crown insider then explained that if the show's script gets too close to present day events she fears the plot will start to feel contrived.  

Choice: Susanne added Peter 'simply can't' write another script because recent history hasn't 'had time to gain a proper perspective' (Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor pictured in show)

Choice: Susanne added Peter 'simply can't' write another script because recent history hasn't 'had time to gain a proper perspective' (Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor pictured in show) 

Praise: The executive producer (pictured in 2019) added: 'What Peter does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way'

Praise: The executive producer (pictured in 2019) added: 'What Peter does so brilliantly is get underneath that, and understand the landscape in a more nuanced, complex, surprising way'

Despite the show's success, Suzanne said she agreed with Peter's decision and thought it was definitely time to move on from the popular show. 

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Reflecting on casting Emma Corrin as Diana, Princess of Wales, in season four,  Suzanne claimed it was one of her proudest career highlights.  

Emma was originally brought to the show to help out while Emerald Fennell ran her lines as Camilla Parker-Bowles. 

But after the young actress impressed executives at the read-through they gave her a screen test and realised 'that might be Diana'.  

Preference: Suzanne also reflected on the fact that Peter likes to leave a decade between The Crown's plot lines and current modern life

Preference: Suzanne also reflected on the fact that Peter likes to leave a decade between The Crown's plot lines and current modern life

Shining star: Suzanne also gushed that casting Emma (pictured) as Princess Diana in season four of the show was one of her proudest career highlights

Shining star: Suzanne also gushed that casting Emma (pictured) as Princess Diana in season four of the show was one of her proudest career highlights

Netflix announced last July that The Crown will air for six series after originally being confirmed to end with season five.

Creator Peter Morgan revealed he decided to 'return to the original plan,' meaning Imelda Staunton will now appear for two series as an older Queen Elizabeth II instead of the planned one.

In January 2020 it was previously announced that The Crown would end after its fifth series, with series four, airring late last year.

There's more? The Crown will air for six series after originally being confirmed to end with season five (Olivia Colman pictured as Queen Elizabeth II in series 3)

There's more? The Crown will air for six series after originally being confirmed to end with season five (Olivia Colman pictured as Queen Elizabeth II in series 3)

Peter said: 'As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.' 

The news was announced by Netflix on their Twitter account, as they wrote: 'News from the palace: we can confirm there will be a sixth (and final) season of @TheCrownNetflix, in addition to the previously announced five!'

The streaming service then clarified that fans will still have one more series featuring the current cast, including Olivia Colman and Helen Bonham Carter, with an older range of stars taking over in series five.  

In the fifth series Lesley Manville will take over the role of Princess Margaret from Helena Bonham Carter.

Exciting: The news was announced by Netflix on Twitter, along with the statement from creator Peter Morgan, who said they 'went back to the original plan'

Exciting: The news was announced by Netflix on Twitter, along with the statement from creator Peter Morgan, who said they 'went back to the original plan'

Royally good: Imelda Staunton (appearing in Downton Abbey) is to play the Queen in the final two series

Royally good: Queen Elizabeth II attending the ballet at the Festival Hall in London on 1st June 1964

Royally good: Imelda Staunton is to play the Queen in The Crown's final two series. The 63-year-old will take over the role of Elizabeth II for seasons five and six of the Netflix drama

Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret in The Crown

Pictured: Princess Margaret at an official royal engagement in 1966

Congrats! Lesley Manville has been cast as Princess Margaret (right in 1966) for the fifth and sixth seasons of The Crown

Portrayal: The star, who is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen's younger sister during one of the 'darkest periods of her life' (pictured 1995)

Portrayal: The star, who is believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen's younger sister during one of the 'darkest periods of her life' (pictured 1995)

She was believed to have been producers first choice for the role, is set to play the Queen's younger sister during one of the 'darkest periods of her life.'

The role was also taken on by Vanessa Kirby in season one and two, documenting the early years of Princess Margaret's marriage to Anthony Armstrong Jones.

Netflix previously revealed that more than 73 million households have streamed at least part of show since it first launched in November 2016.

Award-winning: Oscar-winner Olivia is playing Queen Elizabeth II in series three and four of The Crown

Amazing: She is the spitting image of the Queen herself (pictured above with the pets in 1970)

Award-winning: Oscar-winner Olivia (L) is playing Queen Elizabeth II (pictured right in 1964) in series three and four of The Crown 

Coronation: Claire Foy played a young Queen Elizabeth II as she ascended the throne following her late father's death

Coronation: Claire Foy played a young Queen Elizabeth II (pictured in 1955) as she ascended the throne following her late father's death

Coronation: Claire Foy (L) played a young Queen Elizabeth II (pictured right in 1955) as she ascended the throne following her late father's death during seasons one and two 

Series three of The Crown hit Netflix in November 2019, with Oscar-winner Olivia Colman taking the throne from Claire Foy, who portrayed the monarch in the first two seasons. 

The third series followed events including the Aberfan mining disaster, the moon landing, the romance between Prince Charles and Camilla Shand and the investiture of Charles as the Prince of Wales.    

Also appearing in the series are Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip, Helena as Princess Margaret, Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles, and Ben Daniels as Anthony Armstrong Jones, the Earl of Snowdon.

Icon: Emma Corrin will debut in series four as Princess Dian

Controversial: Gillian Anderson will play Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher

New guard: The fourth season, which will air in 2020, sees the addition of Emma Corrin as Princess Diana (L) and Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher (R)

Not to be: It's thought the sixth series will end before portraying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's sensational break from the Royal Family (pictured October 2019)

Not to be: It's thought the sixth series will end before portraying Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's sensational break from the Royal Family (pictured October 2019)

Peter previously told The Sun: 'At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons.

'But now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop.'

When The Crown was first announced, it was thought the series would run for six series, spanning six decades, and cover The Royal Family's history up to 2003.

Cindy Holland, vice president of original content at Netflix, said: 'The first three seasons of The Crown defined an era, and I know the upcoming fourth season will build further on that success. 

'It's a stunning example of award-winning entertainment, created in the UK and loved by millions of fans around the world.

'I fully support Peter Morgan's creative decision and am excited to see how he, Imelda Staunton and the cast and crew of season five, bring this landmark series to a fitting and spectacular end.'

Scandal: It will also not include Prince Andrew's scandalous friendship with billionaire paedophile Epstein, which engulfed the Royals and resulted in his 'sacking'

Scandal: It will also not include Prince Andrew's scandalous friendship with billionaire paedophile Epstein, which engulfed the Royals and resulted in his 'sacking'

Key moments in the Royal Family's history the show will not cover includes Meghan and Harry's decision to step back as senior Royals.

Meghan and Harry rocked the foundations of the Royal Family when they announced their shock decision as they 'work to become financially independent'.

In a turbulent year for the House of Windsor Prince Andrew was also 'sacked' from all Royal duties by the Queen after a disastrous Newsnight interview about his years of friendship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. 

Executive producer Suzanne Mackie shared earlier this year: 'To be honest, whatever the life of 'The Crown' is after where we are now, I doubt we'll ever go as far into the present day.'

It comes after it was revealed last week that The Crown bosses have cast Jonny Lee Miller as Prime Minister John Major in the upcoming series. 

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