The long awaited fourth series of The Crown will document Princess Diana's meeting and eventual marriage to Prince Charles, as well as the births and early years of the two princes.
And Emma Corrin, 24 – the actress who will play the Princess of Wales next season – says she met Princess Diana "like you are a friend" while talking about taking on the iconic role in a new interview.
The Grantchester star also revealed that it took her 10 people to get her into the & # 39; massive & # 39; Bringing replica wedding dress when it graced the cover of UK Vogue.
Playing an Icon: Emma Corrin, 24, says she met Princess Diana "like you are a friend" when she talked about her role on The Crown while she was on the cover of UK Vogue
Emma Corrin will portray Diana at the beginning 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.
The misconduct star explained how she developed a sense of "empathy and understanding" for the late princess.
She told the publication, “I think I need to get to know Diana like you would a friend. I know this sounds really weird, but I get a great sense of camaraderie from her.
“I suppose over time you begin to combine a sense of empathy and understanding. I love figuring out people. & # 39;
Empathic: The misconduct star explained how she developed a sense of "empathy and understanding" for the deceased princess
Royal role: Emma Corrin will portray Diana at the beginning of her relationship with the Prince of Wales before turning the role over to Elizabeth Debicki (Diana pictured in 1989).
The young actress also recalled filming the first scene with Diana in her wedding dress, which was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel and featured a 25-foot train.
Emma revealed that it had taken 10 others to help her put on the replica dress and that the crew fell silent when they first saw her in it.
She told the magazine, “The Emanuels who designed the original gave us the patterns and then it was made for me.
“We were filming the scene when you first saw her in her wedding dress – I think it was Lancaster House in London – and I had a team of about 10 people to help me get dressed because it's huge.
I went out and everyone was completely silent. More than anything else I wear on the show, it is … it is her. & # 39;
Emma also admitted that she had kept the role a secret, but that some friends had guessed her casting correctly.
Fame: “I feel like I need to meet Diana like you're a friend. I know that sounds really weird, but I get a great sense of camaraderie from her, ”said Emma (pictured as Princess Diana).
Iconic Dress: The Grantchester star also revealed that it took 10 people to get her into the "massive" replica wedding dress (The Prince and Princess of Wales at Buckingham Palace on Jan 23, 1999).
She said, “I haven't told anyone in a while. I love my pals but I think it would have come out.
"My friends from school did this amazing thing by making me a scrapbook of all the screenshots from our WhatsApp group where I said," Oh my god folks, I was invited to read. "
"Or a casual conversation we had four years ago when I said, 'Isn't Diana amazing? "
The full interview with Emma Corrin can be found in the October issue of UK Vogue, available on Friday 11th September.
Emma took to Instagram on Monday to announce that she would be on the cover of UK Vogue.
Next to the cover picture she wrote: “To be honest, lost for all words! What an honour. Thanks to @edward_enninful and @britishvogue for having me on your October cover to join the incredible people who have come before me!
& # 39; Very overwhelmed! I'm going to pour a big drink ”before adding credits for the magazine feature and shoot.
Keeping schtum: Emma also admitted that she kept the role a secret, but that some friends had guessed her casting correctly (pictured in March)
Diana married Charles in 1981 and the couple welcomed sons William in 1982 and Harry in 1984. After separating in 1991, the couple divorced in 1997.
Emma's casting was announced in April 2019. Peter Morgan, creator of The Crown, called her "a brilliant talent who immediately fascinated us when she stood up for Diana Spencer".
"Not only does she have the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, but she has the abundance and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from an anonymous teenager to the most iconic woman of her generation."
Grateful! Emma took to Instagram on Monday to announce that she would be on the cover of UK Vogue
The next series will be released later that year, but it was recently announced that the show would end after its fifth season, with Imelda Staunton being the last Queen Elizabeth II to ascend the throne while Lesley Manville was cast as Princess Margaret.
They will replace Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, who will retire after the upcoming fourth series.
The show's creator Peter Morgan confirmed that the Netflix drama would not feature a sixth season, while 64-year-old Imelda will take on the role "into the 21st century".
This means that current royal scandals, including the allegations against Prince Andrew as well as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's "Megxit" drama, are not included in the Netflix hit.
Read the full article in the October issue of UK Vogue which is available as a digital download and on newsstands on Friday 11 September
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