As The Crown‘s final season opens, a man walks his dog through Paris late at night, along the Seine. From the setting alone, most of us know what’s coming, whose fate is about to be sealed.
As a car speeds past the walker into the Pont de l’Alma tunnel, chased by paparazzi, it’s immediately clear where Peter Morgan’s series will have its eye fixed: the final season of The Crown belongs to Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed. Here, The Crown finally arrives at its Rubicon, the couple’s shocking death in 1997, and the Royal Family’s broadly criticised reaction (or lack thereof) to the tragedy.
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