The Crown's Emma Corrin - who plays Princess Diana in the fourth season of the show - may not have met the royals IRL yet, but it turns out that's probably for the best. The actress has been doing a stellar job playing the young Diana, but apparently her nerves would get the better of her if she actually came into contact with the family.
In a new interview with GQ, the 24-year-old says she hopes Princess Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, would be fans. When asked what she thinks they'd think of the show, she said:
“I can’t imagine. I’m not going to say it doesn’t matter, because that would be ignorant. If someone made a programme about my grandma, who died last year, that would be difficult for me to watch [...] I’d be interested to know what they think."
That's not to say she's keen to meet them any time soon though, as she admitted: “If I ever saw them at a party, I’d probably leave!”
Luckily, it appears they don't watch the show. Back in September 2019 the Queen’s communications secretary Donal McCabe wrote a letter to the Guardian. In it, he denied that the royal household gives any endorsement to the show, or any acceptance that its contents is "factually accurate."
In response to a Guardian article suggesting that The Crown's writer, Peter Morgan, has regular meetings with "high-ranking" members of the royal household to discuss storylines, McCabe wrote: "Your article may have the unfortunate consequence of leading your readers to believe that the television series The Crown is made with some sort of endorsement by the royal household, or an acceptance by the royal household that the drama is factually accurate.
"We appreciate that readers of the Guardian may enjoy this fictionalised interpretation of historical events but they should do so knowing that the royal household is not complicit in interpretations made by the programme.
"The royal household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme’s accuracy."
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