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The Crown fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the upcoming final seasons - and now creator Peter Morgan has given an intriguing update.
The screenwriter has confirmed he will not be featuring disgraced royal Prince Andrew in series 5 and 6 of the hit Netflix show.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Morgan explained he had a "20-year rule" when it comes to depicting recent events on screen.
This would rule out covering the scandal that engulfed the Duke of York, who was forced to step down from royal duties last year following his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview about his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
It also means fans won't get to see Prince Harry and Meghan's romance and marriage play out on screen, let alone their bombshell decision to step down from the royal family earlier this year.
Morgan explained: "Meghan and Harry are in the middle of their journey, and I don't know what their journey is or how it will end. One wishes some happiness, but I'm much more comfortable writing about things that happened at least 20 years ago."
He added: "I don't know where in the scheme of things Prince Andrew or indeed Meghan Markle or Harry will ever appear. We won't know, and you need time to stop something being journalistic. And so I don't want to write about them because to write about them would instantly make it journalistic. "
It comes just a week after Netflix revealed its Prince Philip for the final two seasons, announcing he would be played by Jonathan Pryce.
The 73-year-old actor, best known for playing the High Sparrow in Game Of Thrones, will be picking up the part of The Queen's husband for the fifth and sixth season of the show - which will also be the last.
He will star alongside Imelda Staunton, who takes over from Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II, and Lesley Manville, who replaces Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret.
Previously, Prince Phillip has been played by fellow Game Of Thrones star Tobias Menzies and Doctor Who actor, Matt Smith.
Morgan recently confirmed the sixth season would conclude the Netflix series; season 4 of the Emmy nominated hit is set to land later this year, although an exact date has not been announced.
The upcoming instalment will cover Margaret Thatcher's time in power, and delve deeper into Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage.The sixth and final season will then take a filming break before re-starting production in 2021, and airing in 2022.
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