Princess Diana To Be Depicted As ‘Desperate And Lonely’ In The Crown Season Four

Young actress Emma Corrin - who trained at Cambridge University - will take the role.

The Crown is risking upsetting The Royal Family by portraying Princess Diana as a “desperate and lonely self-harmer”

by Bonnie McLaren |

The new trailer for Netflix series The Crown is here, and we've seen a few glimpses of Princess Diana for the first time in the show's run. For now, it's just a hint of her trademark hair, a second of her gorgeous dress, and a small suggestion of the hysteria surrounding her fame. But we can expect to see far more. According to reports, the programme risks upsetting The Royal Family by portraying Princess Diana as, according to a casting advert, a 'desperate and lonely self-harmer'.

At the time of casting, producers were searching for a 'staggeringly talented young actress' actress to take on the role from 18-22, as she struggles to connect with in-laws The Queen and Prince Philip.

According to The Sun, the advert read: 'We need a mesmerising new young star with extraordinary range. She has to play charming comedy, flirt and social exhibitionist on the world stage, desperate and lonely self-harmer at her lowest ebb and the kind of psychological intensity of Mia Farrow in Rosemary’s Baby.' The psychological horror film, released in 1968, follows young a mother who gives birth to the Devil’s child.

According to the newspaper, a TV insider claimed that show creator Peter Morgan is not going to ‘hold back’ on the portrayal of the princess.Peter is not going to hold back on how Diana impacted the Royal Family, just as he didn’t when he wrote The Queen,' they said. 'It could ruffle a few feathers.' Bookies Ladbrookes had placed Little Drummer Girl actress Florence Pugh and Bohemian Rhapsody star Lucy Boynton as favourites to take on the role - but, to everyone's surprise, it actually went to newcomer, and unknown actress, Emma Corrin.

'I have been glued to the show and to think I'm now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal,' Emma, who trained at Cambridge University, said in a statement.

'Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring, to explore her through Peter Morgan's writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice.'

Even though season four hasn't aired yet - it will arrive in November 15th of this year - it has already been announced that Elizabeth Debicki will play the princess in the fifth and sixth series of the royal drama.

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Diana's struggles with mental health were recorded in Andrew Morton's controversial book Diana: Her True Story, published in 1992. In a secret interview with the royal biographer, she allegedly told him: 'I was so depressed, and I was trying to cut my wrists with razor blades.' In 1995, she revealed her battle with bulimia in an explosive interview with Martin Bashir.

READ MORE: Elizabeth Debicki To Play Princess Diana In Series Five And Six Of The Crown

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