‘The Crown’: Princess Diana Actor Tries Not To Think About ‘if Harry and William Might Watch’

Season 4 of The Crown follows the stories of Prince Charles’ relationship with Diana Spencer and Margaret Thatcher becoming the first female prime minister.

Emma Corrin plays the role of the People’s Princess, a gigantic undertaking that she did not take lightly. In an interview with Sky News, the actor spoke about her process for becoming Diana, as well as her thoughts concerning Harry and William’s take on the show and the telling of their mother’s story.

Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor at the "The Crown" Set Visit
Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor | Vera Anderson/WireImage

How Emma Corrin prepared for the role of Princess Diana in ‘The Crown’

Diana’s life was highly scrutinized when she was alive. And after she died, the obsession only grew. Corrin told Sky News that taking on the role is “incredibly daunting.”

That’s why Corrin took the time to research the icon — to do Diana justice.

“Basically what I learned quite quickly is that – because I tried to do a lot of research and read a lot of biographies, a lot of newspapers, footage and records of Diana – and the issue is that when you’re looking at that kind of thing, it’s very one-dimensional and you’re getting tabloid news, really, it’s all very factual,” she said.

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The information Corrin found wasn’t personal. She learned a lot about what Diana did throughout her life. But very little about how she was or what she thought about things.

“It’s all, she went here with this person and then she was seen with this person and then, oh, apparently she likes eating figs. It’s kind of like, what is that really going to do for me?” she asked.

Then Corrin got her hands on the show’s scripts and they helped to fill in the blanks.

“I got the scripts through about a month after I got the part and that really helped because suddenly I had a story, I had a context,” she said.

Emma Corrin doesn’t like to think about Harry and William watching ‘The Crown’

The fourth season of The Crown doesn’t shy away from such topics as Diana’s eating disorder and the extreme loneliness she felt in the palace.

Corrin says the thought of Harry and William watching The Crown is “quite stressful.”

“I try not to think about whether people watch it because I think that’s a slippery slope,” she said. “You can’t really control if they do and also if you start thinking about, ‘I wonder what they’ll think’… It’s kind of, yeah, it’s quite stressful.”

Thankfully for Corrin, we know that at least Prince William is not watching.

Emma Corrin calls ‘The Crown’ just one ‘version of events’

What eases Corrin’s nerves about portraying such an iconic figure (one that her children could be watching) is that the show is, at the end of the day, “a drama,” “a jumping off point to tell a story.”

“This is Peter [Morgan]’s version of events,” said the actor.

“I think the crux of The Crown is, look at these icons, look at these figureheads who we think we know,” she continued. “Oh, wait, actually, behind that, behind the closed doors is all this human experience. And I really think it’s the most fascinating thing to examine these people who are in the most extraordinary circumstance, the strangest kind of existence, and to see the nuances of what they go through.

“So yeah, I guess the pressure and feeling overwhelmed by [Diana] being such a public figure sort of disappeared when I realised it was my interpretation of her, I suppose, that was going to be shown.”