British actress Emma Corrin takes on the role of Lady Diana as ‘The Crown’ Season 4 sets to release on Netflix.
When Netflix released the first proper photograph of Emma Corrin in a beautiful wedding gown, it almost looked like she was wearing the original wedding dress from Prince Charles’ and Diana’s wedding. As Netflix period drama ‘The Crown’ sets to return to the streaming service with season 4, Peter Morgan introduces a new entrant to the royal family. What may seem like the wedding of the century to the world, was anything but a fairy-tale for young Diana.
- Emma Corrin plays Lady Diana in ‘The Crown’ Season4
- Emma Corrin wears a replica of Diana’s original wedding dress
- Diana and her daring sense of style
Before becoming the Princess of Wales, she was Diana Frances Spencer
Born into a well-off household in Sandringham, Norfolk, England, Diana was no guest to the royal family as her father inherited the title of Earl I in 1975. Lady Diana wasn’t a bright student academically but showed great interest in ballet, tap dance, and swimming. She also attended a finishing school which taught her social etiquettes, flower arrangement, and how to set a table properly.
Diana juggled several jobs in her youth as a dance instructor, pre-school assistant, and even a nanny to an American family in London before she met Prince Charles in 1977.
The Queen and her family, preoccupied with the line of succession, chose Lady Diana as an “appropriate” bride for Prince Charles since she was young and not new to the aristocratic world. Though the 12-year gap between the two caused some uproar in the media at the time.
Change is dawning at ‘The Crown’ as Emma Corrin portrays Princess of Wales!
Peter Morgan’s depiction of the young and rebellious princess may ruffle some feathers as he did not hold back on the portrayal of Lady Diana in the period drama claimed “The Sun”.
The advert (for the role of Diana in ‘The Crown’) in the newspaper read:
“We need a mesmerising new young star with extraordinary range. She has to play charming comedy, flirt, and social exhibitionist on the world stage, desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb and the kind of psychological intensity of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.”
After some serious digging, Nina Gold, the casting director of the series, found Emma Corrin as the best fit for the portrayal of Lady Diana as a desperate and lonely self-harmer. The 24-years-old British actress will be the newest character introduced to the series alongside Conservative British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher played by Gillian Anderson.
Peter unravels the struggles of the failed royal marriage, leading to their separation and divorce in 1996.
Diana, the royal fashion icon
Married at the age of 20, young Diana’s kindness and love for her people made Britain fall in love with her at a time when the small island state was facing socio-political unrest and the dwindling economy.
“You can’t understand old Diana — older Diana — properly without understanding a 19-year-old living with her flatmates, going on her first date with Charles. You need to understand the trajectory that she underwent. But her style was awful”,
Told Corrin in an interview with “Entertainment Weekly”.
Diana stays in people’s memory as one of the most influential figures from the British royal family; for her exquisite humanitarian work and iconic wardrobe throughout the 80s and 90s. She chose to step aside from the traditional long sleeves-pastel wardrobe and appeared before cameras in dresses that no other member from the palace would dare to wear. But her style wasn’t this impeccable in the beginning.
“That second time she meets Charles when she’s in those yellow dungarees, I just wanted to cry. I was like, are you joking? Awful. And those sweater vests. It really shows that fashion is something that grows with you. I’ve certainly found that. If I look back at pictures of me when I was younger, oh my god. Nightmare!”
Added Corrin in conversation with “EW”.
Taking a look at Princess Diana’s iconic outfits across the 80s and 90s
As a fashion symbol, Lady Diana trademarked her name in the world of fashion by rocking several daring outfits that left people gasping for air. The iconic ivory silk wedding gown from 1981, the flowery wrap dress by Donald Campbell, and the stunning maternity outfits that she donned while she was pregnant with Prince William, still reminds us of the unconventional style the Princess of Wales possessed.
Not to forget, the “revenge dress” she wore to the Serpentine Gallery in 1994, the same night Prince Charles’ documentary aired in which he admitted to having an affair.
We can’t wait to see whether Emma Corrin and Gillian Anderson live up to the expectations of the fans of ‘The Crown’ given the importance of the characters (they are portraying) that shaped the future of Britain. Season 4 of the historical drama series will release on Netflix on November 15.