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The Crown’s Emma Corrin looked like Princess Diana as a toddler

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‘There’s this theme throughout my life of her cropping up’: The Crown’s Emma Corrin claims people ‘FAINTED’ when they saw her mother hours after Princess Diana died because they look so alike as she poses for stylish shoot

By Rebecca Davison for MailOnline

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She has won rave reviews for her role as the late Princess Diana in the fourth series of Netflix hit, The Crown. 

And in a new chat with Interview magazine, Emma, 24, said that there has been a Diana-theme throughout her life which ‘keeps cropping up.’

More than 20 years before, when Corrin was a toddler, her mother walked into a café in a London railway station, causing several customers to faint because she bore such a resemblance to the Princess of Wales, who had died in a car accident just hours earlier. 

‘There’s this theme throughout my life of her cropping up’: The Crown’s Emma Corrin claimsed people ‘FAINTED’ when they saw her mother hours after Princess Diana died because they looked so alike as she poses for a stylish shoot 

She said that when she was offered the role Emma said she ‘nearly blacked out’. Her reaction felt ‘somewhat predestined’ – wearing a cream Dior suit 

She said: ‘I hesitate to tell that story because it almost sounds too insane to be true. There’s this theme throughout my life of Diana cropping up. It doesn’t feel ordinary.’ 

And she told the publication that she was offered the role Emma said she ‘nearly blacked out’. Her reaction felt ‘somewhat predestined’. 

Emma’s words came as a posed for a VERY stylish photoshoot, which sees her modelling a cream Dior suit and posing with a dog, as well as a Valentino coat complete with fascinator and cigarette holder.  

As a student of education at Cambridge University, Corrin was a keen viewer of the first two seasons of The Crown.  

Legend: Emma has previously said that she still doesn’t like being asked about the ‘iconic’ role as she fears it makes the late Diana ‘untouchable’ (Emma pictured left and Diana right in 1985)

In 2018, Emma was hired to read a few lines as Diana during a casting call for Camilla Parker Bowles (played by Emerald Fennell).

She was told it wasn’t an audition, but she watching the 2017 documentary Diana: In Her Own Words 15 times and rehearsed with her speech therapist mother anyway.

She said: ‘There were things I tried to emulate, like Diana’s head tilt and her voice. She had a very unique way of speaking.’

Iconic: In 2018, Emma was hired to read a few lines as Diana during a casting call for Camilla Parker Bowles (played by Emerald Fennell) – she got the part six months later – dressed in Chloe tweed

Six months later, she was called back for a chemistry read with Josh O’Connor, who plays Prince Charles and she Corrin landed the part there and then. 

Emma was rather unwell during filming battling whooping cough and said that the attention that has come from playing the role is something she is ‘scared about.’  

Now, she’s in the surreal position of portraying the prince’s beloved mother, she said: ‘I feel a lot of responsibility. I try not to think much about it. Otherwise, it does get overwhelming.’

The world’s most famous couple: The Crown’s fourth series depicts Diana and Charles’ fairytale romance and later marriage, despite the tensions that formed behind closed doors

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