The Crown's New Camilla Parker Bowles Has A Real-Life Royal Connection
By Katie Rosseinsky Posted on 22 Oct 2018
A new photo from the set of The Crown’s third season shows two of the series’ newest stars recreating a memorable photo of Prince Charles with his future wife, Camilla Parker Bowles. And while it’s hardly a surprise that this now-infamous snap – which shows the pair sharing a moment at a polo match in Cirencester Park in 1975, two years after Camilla’s marriage to cavalry officer Andrew Parker-Bowles – has made its way into the show’s plot, this new picture does provide us with an answer to one of the biggest questions hanging over season three: which actress will play Camilla?
The photo reveals that this key role will be taken by Emerald Fennell, the 33-year-old British actress best known for her turn as Nurse Patsy Mount in Call The Midwife. She’s also very much a period drama veteran: one of her first film roles came in the 2012 adaptation of Anna Karenina, and she’s since appeared in The Danish Girl and in another Sunday-night TV staple with a royal connection, Victoria (in which she played pioneering coder Ada Lovelace).
Like any good millennial, Emerald is a classic multi-hyphenate: acting roles aside, she is also an accomplished writer, having published the Shiverton Hall series of children’s fantasy novels between 2012 and 2014, which she followed up with her first adult novel, Monsters, in 2015. She also wrote a handful of episodes for E4’s sitcom Drifters and, most excitingly, was recently announced as the new head writer for season two of Killing Eve: she’ll be stepping into Phoebe Waller Bridge’s shoes while the showrunner is focusing on the next installment of Fleabag.
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Oh, and she also has a connection to the real-life Camilla’s step-daughter-in-law. Emerald was a pupil at Marlborough College at the same time as the Duchess of Cambridge (and Princess Eugenie, too), though she would have been a few years below Kate.
We’ll have to wait until 2019 before seeing Emerald in action as Camilla opposite Josh O’Connor’s Prince Charles, but it’s very likely that the pair’s on-off relationship will form a major storyline in season three as the focus shifts slightly to the younger generation of royals. All we need to know now is who will eventually be playing Diana?
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