Dominic West 'to play Prince Charles during years of affair' in The Crown

Dominic West has reportedly signed up to play Prince Charles in the final two seasons of Netflix hit The Crown.

According to new reports, the actor is set to replace Josh O’Connor as the tortured prince in the upcoming instalments, following a time jump within the series which will see the current cast replaced.

Season five will track the breakdown of his relationship with Princess Diana (to be played by Elizabeth Debicki) and his subsequent affair with first love, Camilla Parker-Bowles, before his divorce.

Charles would later go on to marry Camilla following the death of Diana, who was killed in a tragic car crash in August 1997.

The claims come just a week after Dominic himself was forced to defend his marriage, following pictures of him cuddling up to co-star Lily James while in Italy.

‘This will be a prestigious casting for Dominic,’ a source told The Sun. ‘But the irony of it won’t be lost on anyone.’

After the photos broke, Dominic flew back to the UK to reunite with his wife, Catherine FitzGerald, holding a press conference insisting they were ‘very much still together’.

Lily has since cancelled all TV appearances – including Graham Norton – to promote her new Netflix series, Rebecca.

The Crown is about to return to our screens for season four, tracking 1979-1990, and will be the last time we see the current cast in their roles.

Olivia Colman will then hand over Queen Elizabeth II to Imelda Staunton, and Lesley Manville will play Princess Margaret, replacing Helena Bonham-Carter.

Elizabeth Debicki will replace Emma Corrin as Princess Diana.

Emerald Fennell is currently playing Camilla Parker Bowles, but her replacement is yet to be confirmed.

Other new cast members have yet to be announced. has contacted Netflix for comment.

The Crown returns November 15 on Netflix.

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