The Crown's Emma Corrin reveals it took 10 people to help her into replica of Diana's wedding dress

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·2-min read

The Crown’s Emma Corrin has revealed it took 10 people to help her get into the replica wedding dress made for her performance as Princess Diana in the Netflix series.

Corrin, 24, plays Diana in season four of the streaming giant’s hit show, which will be released later this year, covering the early part of her relationship with Prince Charles.

The actor spoke to British Vogue about the mammoth task of re-creating the wedding dress and revealed the original designers gave the Netflix team the patterns to replicate it.

“The Emanuels, who designed the original, gave us the patterns, and then it was made for me,” she said.

“We were filming the scene when you first see her in the wedding dress – I think it was Lancaster House in London – and I had a team of about 10 people helping me put it on, because it’s massive.

“I walked out and everyone went completely silent.

“More than anything else I wear in the series, it’s so… it’s her.”

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EMBARGOED TO 1730 MONDAY SEPTEMBER 7 British Vogue undated handout photo of Emma Corrin on the front cover of their October 2020 edition. The 24-year-old actress will portray Diana during the early part of her relationship with the Prince of Wales before handing over the role to Elizabeth Debicki for series five and six of the hit Netflix drama.
Emma Corrin on the front cover of the October 2020 edition of Vogue. (British Vogue/PA)

Corrin, who is a relative newcomer and one of the lesser known names in the series, also spoke of finding a connection with Diana through playing her.

“I feel I’ve got to know Diana like you would a friend,” she told British Vogue.

“I know that sounds really weird, but I get a great sense of companionship from her.

“I suppose, over time, you kind of start to patch together a sense of empathy and a sense of understanding. I love figuring people out.”

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VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 07: Emma Corrin is seen arriving at the Excelsior during the 77th Venice Film Festival on September 07, 2020 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
Emma Corrin at Venice Film Festival earlier this month. She plays Diana for one season of The Crown. (Getty Images)

Corrin will only play Diana in season four, as she will hand over the role to Elizabeth Debicki for seasons five and six.

She said she managed to keep the casting news secret but that some of her friends figured it out.

“I love my mates but I think it would have got out,” she said.

“My friends from school did this incredible thing, where they made me a scrapbook filled with all of the screenshots from our group WhatsApp, where I have said, ‘Oh my God, guys, I’ve been invited to read’.

“Or a random conversation we’d had four years ago when I said, ‘Isn’t Diana amazing!’”

Corrin’s full interview is in the October issue of British Vogue which is available from 11 September.