Books that answer your biggest questions about The Crown season four

What was The Queen and Margaret Thatcher’s relationship really like? What was actually going on in Charles and Diana’s marriage? Here are the books that will tell you more.

A still from The Crown in which Princess Diana poses for the camera
Emma Corrin as Diana in The Crown. Image: Netflix

It’s that time of year again: a new series of The Crown has arrived and around the country people are becoming temporarily fascinated with the workings of the royal family.

Four series in and viewers are well-practiced in playing “spot the difference” with fact and fiction, even though the show's writer Peter Morgan caveated the artistic license taken by the show by admitting: “We do our very, very best to get it right, but sometimes I have to conflate [incidents]”.

But what if you want more intel than some pedant on Twitter? Well, before the Royal family inspired high-budget Netflix shows, they were inspiring books. Which means that there’s plenty of reading material to pick up where The Crown left off.

Warning: mild spoilers

On Margaret Thatcher

On Diana

On The Queen

On Charles and Camilla

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