"Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring," says the actress who will be portraying the royal onscreen

By Stephanie Petit
April 09, 2019 12:33 PM

Princess Diana is joining The Crown.

The hit Netflix show has cast newcomer Emma Corrin as Lady Diana Spencer, who went on to marry Prince Charles and become Diana, Princess of Wales, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Diana will be introduced in the show’s fourth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. (Season 3 is set to premiere in 2019, although an exact date has not been announced.)

“Beyond excited and honored to be joining The Crown for its fourth season,” Corrin said in a statement. “I have been glued to the show since the first episode and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is just surreal. Princess Diana was an icon, and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To be given the chance to explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity, and I will strive to do her justice!”

Princess Diana and Emma Corrin
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“Emma is a brilliant talent who immediately captivated us when she came in for the part of Diana Spencer,” The Crown creator Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter. “As well as having the innocence and beauty of a young Diana, she also has, in abundance, the range and complexity to portray an extraordinary woman who went from anonymous teenager to becoming the most iconic woman of her generation.”

Princess Diana and Prince Charles at their 1981 wedding
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The third season of the six-series show began filming in July 2018, with announcements of the new cast making headlines over the past several months. Last April, The Crown‘s Twitter confirmed that Olivia Colman of The Night Manager and Tobias Mezies of Outlander would play Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip for seasons 3 and 4. They are replacing Claire Foy and Matt Smith.

Helena Bonham Carter will be replacing Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret (despite Carter’s concerns about her accent not being posh enough!), and Ben Daniels will be replacing Matthew Goode as her husband, Lord Snowdon.

Josh O'Connor and Emerald Fennell and [ent-hotlink id="18511" href="https://people.com/tag/prince-charles/" title="Prince Charles"] and Camilla in The Crown
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Netflix previously announced that Emerald Fennell would be playing a young Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, née Camilla Shand, for the show’s third season.

“I’m absolutely over the moon, and completely terrified, to be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown,” Fennell said. “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl haircut.”

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