Emma Corrin addresses the backlash over The Crown's Princess Diana portrayal

Amy Mackelden
·2-min read

From Harper's BAZAAR

Emma Corrin has been thrust into the spotlight in her role as Princess Diana in Season 4 of The Crown, and as a result, she's been facing some backlash for playing the much-loved figure.

During an appearance on the Tamron Hall Show earlier this week, Corrin responded to a question about some of the negative feedback the series has been getting.

She explained: "It's a difficult one. I think for everyone in The Crown we always try and remind everyone that what we are, the series that we're in, is fictionalised to a great extent." She continued, "Obviously it has its roots in reality and in some fact but Peter Morgan's scripts are works of fiction."

Corrin is also aware that not everyone will enjoy the series. "I understand why people would be upset, because this is history," she said. "And even with Diana, it's still very much fresh, I suppose, everything that happened. So I do really understand if people would be upset."

The actress isn't the first person to address the inaccuracies and fictionalised elements of The Crown. Princess Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, said during an appearance on Love Your Weekend with Alan Titchmarsh: "You can hang it on fact, but the bits in between are not fact. ... a lot of conjecture and a lot of invention.

He continued: "Actually, The Crown asked if they could film at Althorp [the Spencer family's ancestral home], and I said obviously not. The worry for me is that people see a program like that and they forget that it is fiction.

"They assume, especially foreigners, I find Americans tell me they have watched The Crown as if they have taken a history lesson. Well, they haven't."

"I feel it is my duty to stand up for her when I can," Spencer added. "She left me, for instance, as guardian of her sons, so I feel there was a trust passed on. And we grew up together. If you grow up with somebody they are still that person - it doesnt matter what happens to them later."

The Crown seasons 1 -4 are available to screen now on Netflix.

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