The Crown season 6 part 2 features another key time jump

The Crown: Season 6 preview

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from The Crown. 

The Crown season six has returned for its remaining episodes but is there a time jump following the events of its midseason finale?

Netflix subscribers have been waiting for the past month to see how the royal drama’s final part will play out, delving into the late 1990s and early noughties.

And having already watched the fifth episode, some fans are curious to know about the timeline in which the events take place.

Is there a time jump between The Crown season six part one and two? 

At the start of season six, part two’s Willsmania, a glum-looking Prince William (played by Ed McVey) is seen getting ready before being driven to Eton College by Prince Charles (Dominic West).

He tells his son that he didn’t have to go back if he wasn’t ready following the death of his mum Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) but William insists this is the speed he wants to go at and leaves the car abruptly.

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It has been reported in the past that the now Prince of Wales returned to Eton just four days after Diana’s funeral on September 6, 1997.

So this means that there was no time jump in the first few scenes but, following the opening credits, some time has passed.

Charles pays William a visit at Eton where he brings up the idea of them and Prince Harry (Luther Ford) going on a skiing holiday to Whistler in Canada.

Although William doesn’t look best pleased, especially at the thought of having to take up some formal duties while away, he does agree.

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In real life, the three princes took this trip to Whistler Blackcomb’s slopes for a four-day ski holiday in March 1998.

Therefore, there is a six month time jump between The Crown part one and part two, exploring post-Princess Diana.

In comparison to Prince Harry in the first half, who was played by Fflyn Edwards, the young Duke of Sussex looks a lot older, which could make some believe the time gap is bigger.

But the casting change to actor Luther Ford was only made as more adult topics are discussed in part two, meaning a more mature star was necessary.

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Despite this, Harry was just 13 at the time of the ski trip, whereas his brother was 15.

This final lot of episodes will go on to delve into how William met Kate Middleton (Meg Bellamy) at St Andrew’s University.

In addition, it will feature the events of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee as well as Charles and Camilla’s wedding.

The Crown is available to watch on Netflix.

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