The highly anticipated fourth season of hit series “The Crown”, which hits Netflix on Sunday, marks the entry into the British royal family of Lady Di, a personality who continues to fascinate more than twenty years after her tragic death.
It was Emma Corrin, a previously unknown 24-year-old actress, who slipped into the skin of young Diana and imitated her soft voice and shy look under thick bangs. The interpretation of those who will become the very popular “People’s Princess” is putting “a lot of pressure,” she told the Sunday Times. She plays them as a naive teenager and then as a lonely fiancee who fools boredom by roller-skating in the corridors of Buckingham Palace. Young bride desperate as she is plagued by attacks of bulimia. Diana Spencer had just turned 20 when she married Prince Charles in 1981. After she was 30 years old and still single, Elizabeth II’s eldest son was asked to find a wife who could take the throne. Despite his doubts, he agrees to marry Diana, but remains in love with his teenage love Camilla. The sensitive and misunderstood child and young man depicted in earlier seasons give way to a cold and unfaithful husband who accuses his young wife of his “fragility”. Charles “was probably a little insensitive at times, but I don’t think he was ever arrogant or indifferent, I think he really tried to make his marriage work,” says Penny Junor, author of the biography “Charles, Victim” or villain “.
Diana, for her part, was a girl who was “badly damaged” by her childhood: “Her mother left home when she was six and she grew up feeling neither loved nor wanted,” says Penny Junor. “They were a very poorly matched couple,” she says. The disintegration of their union against the backdrop of infidelity and the interview confessions made by Lady Di created a scandal and continued to make noise. The head of the BBC has just announced an independent investigation into the practices of a journalist with the public service broadcaster Martin Bashir, who received a sweeping 1995 interview with Diana. According to Lady Di’s brother, Martin Bashir had produced false documents to convince Diana to take part in this interview in which she had started with a bang: “There were three of us in this marriage, it is a bit too crowded”. “She wanted to hurt Charles, but she was also a very fragile woman. And I think a lot of people took advantage of her for their own ends, including the BBC,” said Penny Junor.
This love trio is one of the season four intrigues examining the late 1970s and 1980s in the UK, a period of violence between the 1979 assassination by Louis Mountbatten’s paramilitary organization IRA. Great-uncle and mentor to Prince Charles and the 1982 Falklands War. Elizabeth II is played by Olivia Colman, Oscar for best actress for “The Favorite” in 2019. In season five, the actress will give in to her compatriot Imelda Staunton, the cruel Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter film series that will play an elderly queen. For her part, American Gillian Anderson plays the inflexible Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to hold the post of UK Prime Minister this season in which women are the main actors.
The critical and popular hit “The Crown”, the first season of which aired in 2016, won several awards, including three Golden Globes and ten Emmy Awards, the awards for American television. 73 million households around the world have seen at least part of the saga, said Ted Sarandos, director of content at Netflix in January. (Belga / Belga)