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Meghan Markle Can 'Play Herself' On Future Seasons Of The Crown, Says Producer

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Each season of Netflix’s The Crown sketched out to cover a decade of the Queen’s rule, meaning that, should the series continue to capture viewers’ imaginations, it won’t be too long before it catches up with the present day. So, will we see a season documenting Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship just a couple of years down the line? For executive producer Suzanne Mackie, the former Suits star’s previous acting experience could make the future royal the perfect fit to play… herself.

‘She can play herself,’ Mackie quipped at a panel discussion in Jerusalem earlier this week, where she also revealed the disparity in pay between the show’s former Queen, Claire Foy, and her male co-lead Matt Smith. But while it’s tempting to imagine the show’s casting taking such a post-modern twist, there’s approximately a 0.001 per cent chance that Mackie’s scheme could ever come to life. When Meghan announced her engagement to Harry back in November, she confirmed that she’d be stepping away from acting for good, allowing her to ‘focus even more energy’ upon ‘the causes that have been very important [to her.]’

Going on to discuss the pitfalls of dramatising events that are within living memory, fellow executive producer Andy Harries joked that ‘libel’ is a potential hurdle, before more seriously acknowledging that ‘as you get nearer to the present day, there are a lot more people who are alive and well.’

Olivia Colman, who will play the Queen, and Helena Bonham Carter, who’ll take the role of Princess Margaret, are as yet the only new cast members to be announced for The Crown’s third season. Paul Bettany was rumoured as a contender to play Philip, discussions have since fallen through, while the production team are still involved in casting a young Charles and Camilla according to casting director Nina Gold.

‘Season three and four will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive. I think we were the first television series ever to change cast and continue, and we will change cast twice,’ Harries added. ‘It’s daunting but exciting and I hope it’ll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people.'

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