The fifth season began filming in July 2021. Jemima Khan, who was a friend of Princess Diana, revealed that she stepped down as a consultant and co-writer on episodes focusing on the Princess over concerns that the story of her final years would not be properly portrayed as she expected. Filming was temporarily halted that December after eight crew members tested positive for the COVID-19, which resulted in them being quarantined
The fifth season of The Crown, which follows the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, will be released by Netflix in November 2022. Imelda Staunton will star as Elizabeth, along with main cast members Jonathan Pryce, Lesley Manville, Jonny Lee Miller, Dominic West and Elizabeth Debicki.