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'The Crown' actress Emma Corrin says she 'feels sorry' for the Royal Family

Rebecca Taylor
·Royal Correspondent
·2-min read

Watch: Emma Corrin on playing Princess Diana in The Crown

The Crown’s Princess Diana has said she “feels sorry” for the Royal Family and admitted she would “run a mile if anyone in the Royal Family asked me to marry them”.

Emma Corrin, a relative newcomer who takes on the tricky role of the late Princess of Wales, said she thinks the family ends up in an “impossible situation”.

Speaking to the Radio Times, she said: “I’m indifferent to the Royal Family really, but I do feel sorry for them.

“We know what happened to Diana. It’s an impossible situation.”

Corrin, 24, said there was a running joke at her school that her mother was Diana, because of how similar she looked to the princess.

She said: “So I grew up incredibly fond of this woman, as were most of the British public.

“My mum was very affected by the tragedy of someone who was so generous with their love being taken so suddenly and unfairly.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 02: Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor at the "The Crown" Set Visit at undisclosed location on March 02, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor play Diana and Charles in season four of The Crown. (Vera Anderson/WireImage)

Season four of The Crown, which streams on Netflix from 15 November, will tell the story of Diana’s introduction to Prince Charles, and their marriage, as well as their first tour in Australia with Prince William.

Corrin said the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, is “unflinching about the darker sides of people”.

She added: “Diana had been raised in a very aristocratic family and she knew the rules of the game, she knew exactly what she was doing at Balmoral when she was flirting with Philip.

“She knew she was there to impress.

“She had this shyness to her that I think was authentic, but she was also naturally charming and she knew it.

“I wouldn’t go so far as to say she was manipulative, but almost.”

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Lady Diana Spencer and Camilla Parker-Bowles at Ludlow Races where Prince Charles is competing, 1980. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Archive Photos)
The relationship between Lady Diana Spencer and Camilla Parker-Bowles, here in 1980, will be explored. (Express Newspapers/Archive Photos)

Lady Diana Spencer married Prince Charles in 1981 and they had two children, William and Harry. They separated in 1992 and were divorced four years later.

Diana died in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Charles went on to marry his former girlfriend Camilla in 2005 and they are now the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.

The full interview is in Radio Times magazine, out now.

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