Emma Corrin Said She'd "Probably Leave" If She Saw Prince William Or Harry At A Party

    Corrin plays the princes' mother, Princess Diana, in Season 4 of The Crown.

    If you're anything like me, you've probably spent a significant number of hours over the last couple of days watching Season 4 of Netflix's The Crown, which finally dropped after much anticipation on Sunday.

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    And of course, while it's all very exciting, there's only one thing everyone can talk about: Emma Corrin, who appears as Diana Spencer, in the show's first look at the Princess of Wales.

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    She'll only appear for one season — in Seasons 5 and 6, the role will be played by Elizabeth Debicki — but it's safe to say Corrin has made her mark as Diana, bearing an almost eerie resemblance to the real-life princess.

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    But despite receiving rave reviews for her interpretation of the people's princess, there are two people whose reviews she's a little more hesitant to hear: Diana's sons, Prince William and Prince Harry.

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    In a recent interview with GQ, Corrin said she "can't imagine" what William and Harry make of the show, but that it must be "difficult to watch" for them.

    "If I ever saw them at a party, I'd probably leave!" she added.

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    While neither William nor Harry has publicly spoken about the show directly, it's safe to say the royals' opinions are fairly mixed based on information from ~sources~ and secondhand accounts of conversations.

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    During an interview on The Graham Norton Show last year, Olivia Colman — who plays Queen Elizabeth on The Crown — said she'd asked Prince William if he watched it.

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    "He asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, 'Actually, I know what you're doing,'" she explained. "I was so excited and asked, 'Have you watched it?'"

    William apparently responded with a "firm no," but was "very charming and lovely" about it.

    Meanwhile Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in Seasons 1 and 2, told Harper's Bazaar in 2018 that she had heard from a friend, who had heard from Princess Eugenie, that "her granny" loved the show.

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    "A friend of mine was at a party and didn't know anyone, so he sidled up to this group who were talking about The Crown," Kirby said. "One girl said, 'Well, my granny watches it and really likes it.' It slowly dawned on him that the girl was Eugenie and her granny was the Queen."

    "We've heard that Philip doesn't watch it," she added. "He can't be bothered."

    But it all ultimately comes down to the fact that the show has no official seal of approval from the royals, which was made very clear in a letter from the Queen's communications secretary published by the Guardian last year.

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    The letter read: "We appreciate that readers of the Guardian may enjoy this fictionalised interpretation of historical events but they should do so knowing that the royal household is not complicit in interpretations made by the programme."

    "The royal household has never agreed to vet or approve content, has not asked to know what topics will be included, and would never express a view as to the programme’s accuracy," it concluded.

    Well, it looks like The Crown won't be getting an official royal endorsement any time soon. You can read Emma Corrin's interview with GQ here.

    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

    Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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