6 events ‘The Crown’ Season 5 skipped: ‘Squidgygate,’ Prince Edward and more

“The Crown” is chock-full of drama, and despite Season 5 being perhaps the most dramatic yet, the Netflix show left out some notoriously scandalous events.

With a whole new cast of characters, the new season of Peter Morgan’s iconic royal drama debuted on streaming Wednesday, taking the royal family throughout the tumultuous 1990s. The season ends in July 1997 — just a month before Princess Diana’s untimely death that sent the world into mourning.

While many of the Firm’s crises were present in the current season, the sixth and final season — set to premiere in 2023 — will undoubtedly show events such as Diana’s passing, the 2000s and more.

Although the story is loosely based in fact —disclaimer or not — and the season is stuffed with many pivotal moments of the decade, there were several points the creators skipped over.

Read on for even more royal drama not included in the latest 10 episodes.

[Warning: Spoilers for Season 5 of The Crown ahead.]

Diana’s breakup with Dr. Hasnat Khan

The late Princess of Wales famously had a memorable relationship with Pakistani doctor Hasnat Khan for two years after she and Charles had announced their separation in 1992. The pair embarked on a passionate affair from 1995 until 1997, but it was a split that hit Diana hard.

The season shows how the two met at the Royal Brompton Hospital where he was treating her friend and acupuncturist, Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo’s husband.

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Humayun Saeed as Dr. Hasnat Khan in “The Crown.”
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The episode titled “No Woman’s Land” dives into Diana’s relationship with Khan as well as their attempt to date privately. Khan and Diana kept their relationship a secret due to Di being one of the most famous women in the world. There’s even a scene where she disguises herself at a movie theater so the two could watch “Apollo 13.”

However, the episode barely mentions how the duo broke up and what even led to their split. There is a hurried shot showing Di talking with her therapist about how they parted ways, but does not thoroughly explain it.

Diana’s mother Frances Shand Kydd’s disapproval of her daughter’s relationship with Khan

Diana’s own family is scarcely seen or even mentioned in “The Crown” except for her brother, Earl Charles Spencer, in Episode 7.

But there was much family drama not on display for Season 5. Her mother, Frances Shand Kydd, reportedly disliked the idea of Diana dating a Muslim. Because of this, Diana’s bond with her mom was fractured before her death and they weren’t on speaking terms.

According to Diana’s former butler, Paul Burrell, Kydd called her daughter a “wh–e” and “she said that [Diana] was messing around with f–king Muslim men.”

Season 6 did not go into detail or examine the mother of two’s fractured relationship with her own parent.

1992’s Squidgygate

While the newest season describes the infamous Tampongate scandal involving the then-Prince Charles and his now-wife Camilla, there was another “gate”-esque tale that rocked the royals not seen in the 10 new episodes.

Known as “Squidgygate,” it consisted of a telephone conversation between Princess Diana and her close friend, James Gilbey. The Sun published an article in 1992 revealing the transcripts of the intimate talks, which took place before 1990.

The 23-minute chat had Gilbey lovingly calling Diana by the nickname “Squidgy” and she compared her marriage to that of a character in the British soap opera “EastEnders.”

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Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in “The Crown.”
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In the call, she infamously brought up concerns that she might be pregnant, as well as the status of her disintegrating marriage to Charles.

As for Tampongate, it involved a series of phone conversations between Princes Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles that were secretly recorded and then later published in 1993 by the “Daily Mirror.” The convo involved lines by Charles saying he wanted to live inside Camilla’s pants.

Prince Edward

Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Prince Edward, was barely seen in this season despite Sam Woolf being cast as the Earl of Wessex as a young adult this time around.

Woolf took over the role from Angus Imrie who played a teenage Edward in 2020’s Season 4. While Edward had a crucial turn in the fourth season, the creators could be waiting to show his 1999 wedding to Sophie Rhys-Jones in Season 6.

In the 1990s, Edward tried his hand in the film biz and even formed a TV production company in 1993. Ardent Productions was created to produce dramas and documentaries, including the project “Edward on Edward” —  a doc about his late great-uncle, Edward VIII, the exiled Duke of Windsor.

Princess Anne’s wedding to Timothy Laurence

Princess Anne created a scandal among royal circles when she divorced her husband of almost 20 years, Mark Philips, in 1992.

While the show portrays Anne — played in this season by actress Claudia Harrison — briefly meeting her now-husband Timothy Laurence in 1989, their relationship is not really seen.

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Claudia Harrison as Princess Anne in “The Crown.”
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The season did not show her separation from Philips nor the fallout of their divorce. There is, however, a simple scene where Anne informs the queen that she will be marrying Laurence in December 1992. There’s also another quick scene of Anne gushing over Laurence, then working as the queen’s equerry, in the late 1980s.

Dodi Fayed’s first marriage to Susanne Gregard

Dodi Fayed — the playboy son of Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed — died in a fiery car crash with Princess Diana in August 1997. While the doomed couple embarked on a romance just a month before their deaths, Dodi was married once before.

The show dedicates Episode 3, entitled “Mou Mou,” to exploring Dodi and Mohamed’s lives in Egypt as well as their various business ventures. However, barely any context about the “Chariots of Fire” producer’s love life before Di is presented.

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Khalid Abdalla as Dodi Fayed and Salim Daw as Mohamed Al-Fayed in “The Crown.”
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Dodi was married to actress Susanne Gregard from 1986 to 1987, but his engagement to model Kelly Fisher is mentioned in the season finale.

The season shows almost no interaction between Dodi and Diana just yet, however, they do meet in passing at a polo competition in 1996.

It wasn’t until Diana and her sons Prince William and Prince Harry were invited as Dodi’s father Mohamed Al-Fayed’s guests to tour the South of France in July 1997 that the People’s Princess finally took real notice of Dodi.




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