The Crown’s Princess Diana actress ‘understands why people would be upset’

Actress Emma Corrin has addressed speculation that members of the Royal Family were not happy with the portrayal of Diana, Princess of Wales.

The star plays the late Princess in the Netflix hit series The Crown.

Throughout the series, viewers have seen the breakdown of the marriage between Diana and Prince Charles.

Former aide to The Queen, Dickie Arbiter, has lashed out on the show claiming they did "a hatchet job on Prince Charles and a bit of a hatchet job on Diana".

But Emma, 24, has spoken for the first time saying that her portrayal would divide the nation as Diana's memory is still "raw".

Speaking on the Tamron Hall Show, the star said: "I understand why people would be upset because this is history.

"And even with Diana, it's still very much fresh, everything that happens. So I do really understand if people would be upset."

  • Princess Diana's bridesmaid India Hicks recalls 'intrusive' moments of wedding to Charles

While The Crown is based on true events, the show has been dramatised and is fictional.

Emma added: "We approach these people that we play as characters, which is why it's such a joyous job because Peter (Morgan) writes such rich and complex characters."

Emma, who has reportedly been recast for season five, is to hand over the baton of Diana to The Night Manager actress, Elizabeth Debicki, 30.

Season four of The Crown has been perhaps the most painful season for the Mountbatten-Windsor family, airing Lord Mountbatten's murder by the IRA.

Mountbatten's granddaughter, India Hicks, exclusively revealed to Daily Star that producers did reach out to her family as her mother, Lady Pamela Hicks, who served as a Lady-in-Waiting to the Queen and often travelled across the world with the Monarch.

She gushed: "They reached out to me this time for the royal wedding day because they asked that my daughter, Dominoe, play a tiny, tiny part in this.

"So I was in touch with the producers around the time when my daughter was being filmed for that."

Season five of The Crown is to begin filming in July 2021.

The Crown, seasons one to four is available to stream on Netflix, now.

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