We still have a long way to go until season five of The Crown (a year and two months, to be exact), but thankfully, Netflix just released a never-before-seen clip to help tide us over.
The streaming platform dropped a stunning new video of Emma Corrin as Princess Diana, who, in the deleted scene, watches her own recording of "All I Ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera. Inspired by a real-life tribute that the late princess arranged for Prince Charles in honor of their seventh anniversary, it includes footage of Corrin singing in a theater, complete with a full orchestra and a dazzling gown.
If you recall from the series, Diana planned this special tribute in hopes of repairing their strained marriage, although the performance itself was never shown on-screen. Instead, we saw shots of Josh O'Connor's Prince Charles, who appeared to be extremely uncomfortable as he watched her perform. Then, in a heartbreaking scene, the royal proceeded to complain to his mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
For those who are unfamiliar with the real events, Chuck Conconi from the Washington Post column recounted the entire thing in 1988, noting that Diana rented out an entire theater at London's West End to perform the song. In his article, he wrote, "Diana didn't settle for second best. The show's composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, was there to oversee her performance."
Unfortunately, this romantic gesture didn't do the trick, because the royal couple announced their divorce in 1992, just four years later.
It's very likely that we'll see their split play out in season five, as it will take place after Margaret Thatcher's resignation and resume with her successor, John Major, who served as Prime Minister during the couple's divorce. During this time, we also know that Diana's biographer, Andrew Morton, published his controversial book, Diana: Her True Story. Plus, two more of the queen's children, Prince Andrew and Princess Anne, were going through separations in their marriages.
We can expect plenty of drama come November 2022, but for now, we'll settle with playing Corrin's cover of "All I Ask of You" on repeat.
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