The new season of “The Crown” dropped on Netflix on Sunday, and it features the actress Emma Corrin portraying the late Princess Diana. The show follows Diana from her teenage years all the way to when she was 28, and it controversially portrays her private battle with bulimia.
Over the past few days, reports have come out stating that the royal family and even members of the British parliament are angry about the way Diana was portrayed on the show. Now, Corrin has broken her silence to address this.
“It’s a difficult one,” Corrin said when asked about these reports. “I think for everyone in ‘The Crown,’ we always try and remind everyone that the series that we’re in is fictionalized to a great extent. Obviously, it has its roots in reality and in some fact, but [creator] Peter Morgan’s scripts are works of fiction.”
She added that while she stands by her portrayal of Diana, “I understand why people would be upset because this is history and even with Diana, you know, it’s still very much fresh, I suppose, everything that happened. So I do really understand if people would be upset.”
The 24 year-old actress went on to stand behind the way Morgan portrayed the royal family.
“All of the cast, we just want to constantly remind people that we approach these people that we play as characters, which is why it’s such a joyous job because Peter writes such rich and complex characters and as an actor it’s such a joy to really be able to bring a lot to them,” Corrin said.
This comes after sources told Vanity Fair that Diana’s sons Prince William and Prince Harry will not be watching this season of “The Crown.”
“Harry has seen the trailers for series four but I can’t see him watching it,” a source close to Harry said. A friend of William’s spoke out to say that the second in line to the throne has “no desire” to watch a fictitious depiction of the breakdown of his parents’ marriage, as well as his own early years as a baby.
“The feeling is that the latest series would actually be quite sad for them to watch,” the well-placed source said.