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Meet the actress playing Duchess Camilla in The Crown

Meet the actress playing Duchess Camilla in The Crown

Netflix has announced the latest addition to the cast of its celebrated drama The Crown for season three, via Twitter. British actress Emerald Fennell will play the young Duchess Camilla, née Camilla Shand.

Fennell, whose acting credits include Call the Midwife and The Danish Girl, said she was overjoyed to be playing Camilla, poking fun at both her character and herself in a cheeky statement:

“I’m absolutely over the moon, and completely terrified, to be joining so many hugely talented people on The Crown,” she said. “I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl haircut.”

People reports that a photo from the set of the show recreates a now iconic image taken in 1975 of Prince Charles (played by The Durrells cast member Josh O’Connor) and Duchess Camilla chatting by a tree at a polo match. 

Two years earlier the former couple had split after the Prince joined the Royal Navy. Camilla went on to marry British Army officer Andrew Parker Bowles in 1973 and they divorced in 1995.

With season four of The Crown already confirmed, it will be fascinating to see how the show portrays the controversial years-long affair between Prince Charles and Camilla.

The Crown, season three is due to be released on Netflix in 2019. 

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