Emma Corrin fitted for Princess Diana’s wedding dress


By Bridie Pearson-jones For Mailonline

14:36 12 Oct 2020, updated 15:07 12 Oct 2020

  • Emma Corrin has revealed it took costume designers five fittings each ‘several hours long’ to recreate Princess Diana’s bridal look for her upcoming role 
  • Kent-born actress is making debut as Princess Diana in The Crown next month
  • Diana’s dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who lent their patterns to The Crown’s costume designer Amy Roberts to recreate the look

Emma Corrin has revealed it took costume designers five fittings to recreate Princess Diana’s bridal look for her upcoming role in The Crown, despite the hit Netflix series not showing the wedding. 

The Kent-born actress,  24, who is making her debut as Lady Diana in the upcoming series of The Crown spoke to the Radio Times about her ‘crazy’ wedding dress.

Speaking to the publication she explained the process was ‘incredible’ and the dress was ‘so chunky’ it had to be broken up into sections.

The Crown star Emma Corrin has revealed it took costume designers five fittings to recreate Princess Diana’s bridal look for her upcoming role, despite the hit Netflix series not showing the wedding. She is pictured in costume

‘I loved the process of the fittings actually, weirdly, almost more than the wearing it on the day. Because we don’t really… we don’t actually show the wedding – I’m in the wedding dress for, like, a fraction of a moment.

‘But actually I had so many fittings for it, I think about probably four or five, and each of one of those was several hours long,’ she explained.

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Season 4 of The Crown is set to be released next month on Netflix and is set during Margaret Thatcher’s premiership.

Josh O’Connor, 30, will reprise his role as Prince Charles, while Emma will be making her debut as Lady Diana with Gillian Anderson playing Thatcher. 

Princess Diana’s dress became world famous when she wore it to marry Prince Charles in 1981. The dress was designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who lent their patterns to The Crown’s Emmy-winning costume designer Amy Roberts to recreate the look. Princess Diana is pictured on her wedding day

It will focus on the engagement and early marriage of Charles and Diana, along with Charles’ feelings for Camilla Parker Bowles – played by Emerald Fennell. 

Emma, a recent graduate from Cambridge University, added that the costume designers even joked she should call her mum while trying on the dress.  

‘When we were in the wedding dressing fittings, Amy the costumes person said: “You should really get your mum in here,’ – she said, “I think your mum should come. Because it’s one of those moments.”

John O’Connor has told how he felt sympathy for both the late Princess Diana and Prince Charles when he read the script of the 4th season of the Crown. The actor, 30, who plays the Prince of Wales in the Netflix hit series on the royal family said he felt his character was trying to explain himself but was not allowed to (pictured: O’Connor as the Prince of Wales and Emma Corrin as Lady Diana in the Crown season 4)

‘I was like, “I’m not actually getting married” but also completely knew what she meant and was like, ‘”Yeah actually I really do want my mum here!”‘.   

Princess Diana’s dress became world famous when she wore it to marry Prince Charles in 1981.

The dress was designed by  David and Elizabeth Emanuel, who lent their patterns to The Crown’s Emmy-winning costume designer Amy Roberts to recreate the look. 

Emma’s interview comes after her co-star Josh O’Connor revealed he feels ‘sorry’ for Prince Charles in the upcoming series.

 Speaking of the character he plays, Josh told The Sunday Times Magazine that he believes Prince Charles feels ‘wronged’ by Diana and as she has ‘an addiction to the spotlight.’ 

He went on to claim that he believes Prince Charles was struggling to express himself correctly due to his upbringing.  

‘This is a family who have an intense inability to be emotional and he has inherited that awkwardness,’ he explained. ‘In this series there’s an awful lot of Charles trying to explain himself and not being allowed to.’

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