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Though we don’t know exactly which aspects of Royal history The Crown will cover in its next season, we do know the hit Netflix show is introducing an entirely new cast. Producer Suzanne Mackie confirmed last year that we’ll meet a young Camilla Parker Bowles during season three; now it’s being reported that the show has cast its young Prince Charles.

According to the Daily Mail, 27-year-old Josh O’Connor is being lined up to play the heir to the throne in seasons three and four. O’Connor is best known for his role as a young farmer grappling with his sexuality in last year’s British indie film hit God’s Own Country. He won a British Independent Film Award for his performance and was also nominated for the EE Rising Star award at this year’s BAFTAs.

O’Connor would join an increasingly stellar cast that includes Broadchurch actress Olivia Colman as the Queen and Game of ThronesTobias Menzies as Prince Philip.

Just as excitingly, Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as Princess Margaret, whose personal life will become even more complicated in season three as we see her marriage to Lord Snowdon fall apart. “Without giving anything away — it’s on the record, it’s history — we’ll see the breakup of this extraordinary marriage,” the show’s historical advisor Robert Lacey told Town & Country last December.

Netflix has yet to confirm when season three of The Crown will premiere, and there’s still lots more casting news to come. Who will play the Queen Mother in season three is yet to be announced. And will the show introduce a young Princess Diana into the mix? Watch this space.

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By Nick Levine