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The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review

The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review

Welcome to the Heavy Spoilers show, I’m your host Paul, and in this video, we’re breaking down The Crown.

The final part of season 6 is now out, and there’s a lot to talk about in it. Throughout this video, we’re going to be going through it all and breaking down the real-life stories behind the episodes. Heavy spoilers ahead, so if you don’t want it ruined, then I recommend you royally do one and come back after you’ve seen it. One request: hit the thumbs-up button and don’t forget to subscribe for videos like this every day.

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Ok, so Part 1 saw both the lead-up and aftermath of Diana’s death. Even with the time jump, that still hangs heavily over part 2, with William struggling to deal with the grief of losing his mother. Several people write letters, and though his family tries to comfort him, it’s clear that there’s no real way for him to easily get over it. Everyone asks him how he’s feeling, but it’s clear that he’s isolated and alone. The only person who understands him is, of course, Harry, and we know how that would turn out due to recent events.

Harry went off at his brother quite a lot in his autobiography, Spare, with the show, of course, avoiding the complexities of their relationship in more recent years. That means that we don’t really see things with Meghan, but we do get a lot of Kate Middleton.

The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review
The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review

Girls are throwing themselves at him, with their arrival at places being described like a pop star showing up. However, in Kate, he actually finds something he can relate to, with it sort of being in a similar vein to Charles. The seasons focused on purely him and Diana, of course, always had Camilla off in the background. Even his parents didn’t really support him marrying her, and William also kind of blames his dad for what happened to Diana. He thinks that Diana still loved him and only went to France to get away from Camilla’s birthday. So, the finale kind of brings things full circle and shows that there was a level of acceptance, bringing things full circle.

The season ends in 2005 with his and Camilla’s wedding, which is a more positive direction from what they could’ve done.

Now, Part 2 jumps back and forth a lot through time, and when we had a jump back to VE day, I was kind of hoping it would be like The Crown’s No Way Home. Though this isn’t the case, it does tell the story of VE day when Margaret and Elizabeth snuck out to the Ritz. Now, according to the reports, this really happened and was something the pair did at 19 and 14. Sneaking out in disguise, they were accompanied by guards, which is where the pair are said to have danced the night away. The Independent pointed out that King George said it had been Margaret’s idea and that he was happy for the pair as they hadn’t really had much fun in their lives.

Sadly, Margaret passed away in 2002 after suffering from a stroke and cardiac problems. Her health issues are documented in episode 8, along with one of her last public appearances. These happened at her mother’s 101st birthday celebrations in August, her birthday in August, and lastly, the 100th birthday of Princess Alice in December.

Part 1 got criticised a lot for the use of the quote-unquote “ghosts” in it, but I think the way they handle Anne’s passing at the end of episode 8 works way better.


Now, though they take a lot of liberty with the truth, The Crown, as always, has some aspects based in reality. Willsmania deals with Will’s feelings on his mother’s death, whereas the 9th entry, Hope Street, is Operation Paget. That came in the wake of allegations that Dodi and Diana were murdered, which get levied by Mohamed Al-Fayed.

Now, if you live in the UK or well…anywhere and kept up with her death, then you’ll probably be aware of the conspiracy theories around it. It was thought that Philip had arranged for the murder because Diana was pregnant with Dodi’s child. This was then apparently covered up by the powers that be, with no one ever being blamed specifically for their deaths.

Now, to add some dramatic tension, the show has the report coming out ahead of the queen’s Jubilee, but if you lived through it, you’ll probably remember that didn’t happen. The inquiry didn’t get set up until 2004, with it finally wrapping up in 2008.

This found everything to be down to an accident and that Diana also wasn’t pregnant at the time. It stated the main factors were that the driver, Henri Paul, had been drinking, and that neither of the deceased had been wearing a seatbelt. Lastly, they couldn’t find evidence of a cover-up, and thus, nothing ever really came from it.

Still, though, in the show, it paints out how the Jubilee had some controversy around it, with episode 7 diving heavily into that. There were peer reviews and polls on the royals, with the majority seeming like they’re out of favor with them. However, as we know, the Royals have still remained something widely talked about, with the Jubilee and Coronations being big events.

Still, though, the Queen’s fear that they might be ousted is represented in episode 6, when she has a nightmare that Tony Blair’s gonna be crowned as the new king. Killed me…like I was thinking, what the hell am I watching when the new national anthem was “Things Can Only Get Better.” That was by the band D:Ream or Dream…which…hey, it’s clever, ’cause she’s having a dream, hey.

Now, pffffft…dear me…now, not only does this show the Queen is a D:Ream fan, but it also shows she fears Blair’s more popular than her. This was shown in real life in the polls too, with the royals being described as a big waste of money. Blair brings this up to the Queen during episode 6, with him listing off the pointless jobs that just waste money, like swan guard…napkin folder…YouTuber…and film reviewer…wait.

Anyway, this is a conversation that, of course, remains relevant, with the cost of living crisis making people continue to ask it.

Still, though, the royals themselves must worry too, with these polls being something that happened too. The Independent noted that Labour carried out a private poll that showed Blair’s popularity shot up 93% in the wake of Diana’s death.

However, we see how this wanes with the women’s institute, with the Queen’s speech there going down a storm. Blair’s doesn’t, which is something that happened in real life, with it being a sign of his downfall. The crowd does a big slow clap, which is something that’s well-documented. The organizers apparently had to tell the crowd to stop doing it, but hey…didn’t go down well.

In the House Of Commons, he also got mocked for this, and it’s often thought to be something that signaled the beginning of the end. From this point, Blair was lambasted for being out of touch, and he ended up resigning in the wake of his actions in the Iraq War.

Now, who was popular…or still is…I dunno, mate, headlines change every week, but who is Popular-ish are William and Kate, with several of their meetings being shown throughout.

This includes what’s said to be the first time they saw each other, which involved Diana as well. Episode 7 shows them as selling the big issue, but this situation is completely made up. Though William has been a vocal supporter of it, the pair didn’t meet until university. So, Kate sitting at home cutting photos out of him like some absolute nutcase, not sure it happened.

Now, part 1 had Mohammed desperately trying to set up Dodi and Di, with that role here going to Kate’s mother, Carole.

Played by Eve Best, you might recognize her from another show involving royalty, in House Of The Dragon. The Independent noted that Omid Scobie’s book, Endgame, did claim that Carole calculated ways to set the pair up. This included everything with the gap year, and Carole seems to plot and plan everything in episode 7.

Now, the show has William and Kate both dating others, with Kate’s man being called Rupert Finch. In real life, this Rupert exists, but I couldn’t find anyone called Lola for William. Whether that’s the case or not, I’m not sure, but he did date someone called Olivia Hunt.

Kate provides a way for him to escape the royal institution, and it sees him spending the Jubilee day with her. This comes off the back of the death of the Queen Mother, which was known as Operation Tay Bridge. Elizabeth’s death would come to be known as Operation London Bridge, with these code words being used to keep things quiet until the family were ready to make it public.

On top of this, tempers begin to fray with Harry, with the media continuing to cause tension. It’s often been said stories were sold on the other to play the popularity game, which are rumors that have circulated the family with every member. We also have the controversial uniform that Harry wore at the party, which caused some major stirs at the time.

Lastly, he brings up how a Prince Harry killed his brother, which…hey, guys, that’s called subtext.

Now, the stuff with William and Kate’s family is difficult to confirm, but he does end up leaving to join the celebration. William did attend the Jubilee in real life, with him appearing on the balcony when the family came out. The show has Elizabeth trying to dissuade him with Kate offering an easy escape. Still though he stands with her and shows that he wants to stay strong with his family. This would of course be reflected in how things end up with harry with it possibly being something teasing that.

The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review
The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review

Now, after the doom and gloom of the inquiry digging up old wounds and making William write a statement, the finale is far more of a celebration. Centering around Charles and Camilla, we see the Queen considering passing the throne over as a wedding gift. Visited by Claire Foy and Olivia Colman, we get No Way Throne and the cameos that everyone’s been waiting for. The pair remind her of her responsibilities, and in the end, she crumples up the cue card on which she’d stand down. Doesn’t even need it, the crowd is loving it, tears streaming down their faces of laughter, the Queen is back, we are so back.

Now, all of this is completely made up… like obviously because of the whole Claire Foy showing up through a portal thing and doing the Avengers theme, but in reality, the Queen didn’t go to the Civil Ceremony. Nor did she ever write a cue card about stepping down or plan to give up the crown as a last-minute wedding gift. The Queen was someone who is said to have seen her life as being in service, and it’s not thought that she would have given this up.

There was always the thought as well that the Queen didn’t really like Camilla either, but this was disputed as she did give the couple her blessing. The Queen would, of course, continue her rule until her death during 2022.

Now, what happens next, we, of course, know from our own history, and we also know we probably won’t be getting other seasons. Creator Peter Morgan actually initially intended for the fifth to be the last, with him even saying that it was the perfect place to stop. However, he later changed his mind and said that they needed another to do it justice.

Speaking to the Radio Times, he stated they’d end 20 years before modern day as it would provide enough distance to truly understand the time. He also thought it was important to end in a more dignified way, rather than documenting all the further controversies that have since come.

In an interview with Variety, he also talked about how the final episode changed in the wake of Queen Elizabeth’s death. There were discussions they were going to close out with her passing, but after seeing how it impacted people in real life, they didn’t feel like they could truly capture it. Thus, they instead tackle it by having the Queen’s funeral planned with Pipes playing Sleep Dearie Sleep.


In the end, all there is is the crown, which I think is the message that the ending brings. With it comes glorious purpose, and it’s a sacrifice to rule, rather than being something selfish. Like Philip says, there will never be another like Elizabeth, and our longest-reigning monarch has a long legacy behind her. What happens with the royal family now, who knows, but there is the feeling that the party could be over. That again is something Philip says, but whether it turns out to be the case, we’ll just have to see.

We close out with Elizabeth imagining her coffin and past versions and, much like her sister, heading off in a moment that symbolizes her death and entering the afterlife.

Since then, there were also rumors of a spin-off with the Sun starting to report it. The Radio Times managed to debunk it, but Morgan has stated he does have an idea. However, he’s said that he wants to do other things first and he’d rather focus on a prequel taking place before Elizabeth’s reign.

Still, though, he’s stuck by the fact that he just wants some distance first, so it’s unlikely that we’ll see this materialize for a while.

Now, as for this season again… I think it kind of carried the dip that the first part had, with the season’s peak sort of being around the Diana stuff. Though I don’t think that this is bad by any means, it does have its ridiculous moments and can be a bit all over the place with the plot lines.

The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review
The Crown Season 6 Ending Explained | Real Life Story, Differences & Full Spoiler Review

There’s the Dream Dream and then bits where Olivia and Kate are like, “Your mum died, and you’re harassed by the press and scrutinized every moment of the day, try being a woman, mate.”

I think this feels like the most dramatized season in the show, with there being clear creative liberties taken. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t, but overall, I think fans will still continue to enjoy this. To me, it’s kind of going through things we’ve explored a lot before, like popularities and whether the royals are still popular. Still, though, these are always relevant themes, but there wasn’t quite the dramatic ties and dynamism I feel have been in other seasons.

I think this part of the season feels safe and what you’d expect, with it being a bit flat in comparison to the other ones. I think that if you’re in this deep, then it is worth checking out, though, and obviously, let me know your thoughts below.

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