Meghan Markle: Could Meghan Markle have played Princess Diana in The Crown?
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Meghan Markle was a well-known actress before she married into the Royal Family in 2018, and the Suits star recently drew up a Netflix deal along with her husband Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. Although her acting career seemingly came to an end in 2019, the Duchess of Sussex has been picked out as a potential candidate to play Diana in the popular Netflix series, The Crown. Express.co.uk has analysed the findings and here’s everything you need to know.
Could Meghan Markle have played Princess Diana in The Crown?
The Crown season four is due to land on Netflix soon and the highly-anticipated fourth instalment introduces Princess Diana, which has been the most sought-after role of the entire season.
Pennyworth actress Emma Corrin has already been cast as the Princess of Wales for the upcoming season, with The Night Manager’s Elizbeth Debicki signed up for the role from season five.
However artificial intelligence (AI) provider for the film and TV industry, Largo.ai, has revealed which actors are best-matched for the role of Diana.
Largo.ai said they had “determine[d] their official compatibility with the role through an AI scoring system that uses cutting edge technology to cross-compare the role’s DNA footprint with that of the actors”.
While Corrin has already been praised for her stellar performance in The Crown, the AI system pulled out some other contenders for the role.
Corrin’s compatibility score was 90.6 per cent, whereas Debicki’s was 88.1 per cent. Fans may be interested to hear the actress best-placed to play Diana, according to the stats, was Scottish actress Lesley Harcourt.
She played Princess Diana in the film William & Catherine: A Royal Romance, and had a compatibility score of 96.3 per cent.
Meghan Markle’s name was also selected, although she was the least well-matched of the bunch, with a score of 67.1 per cent – with this in mind it is unlikely she would have been highly unlikely to star in an upcoming season of The Crown.
The Duchess stepped down as a senior member of the Royal family along with her husband earlier in 2020, and their formal roles as Duke and Duchess are due to be reviewed.
Other names plucked out by the AI system include Sophie Kennedy Clark, Outlander actress Sophie Skelton and Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton.
There were some interesting options which emerged from the results, including Rebecca actress Lily James, who scored 76.2 per cent.
Dominic West has also been tipped to play the role of Prince Charles, which would make for a very interesting coupling in future seasons.
Co-founder and CEO at Largo Films, Sami Arpa, said: “When it comes to casting, The Crown is one of the most controversial and hotly debated productions given the actors are directly compared with their living counterparts.
“The casting is undoubtedly the biggest factor in keeping and boosting the series’ audience. AI has evolved rapidly in recent years and is now becoming an integral part of successful film and more recently TV production – the technology has been pioneered with great success in the movie industry. “Casting is just one small element AI can support and it’s important to understand that the role of AI in TV production is best kept as an assistance tool – helping to quickly provide insights that underpin human instincts rather than replacing them. We’re proud to join the debate and open up the power and possibilities of data-driven storytelling.”
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Swiss company Largo uses its data-driven intelligence platform to analyse series from as early as the script phase, and it can also look into post-production and distribution.
There is no surprise the Duchess’ name would have cropped up, with her acting background and connection to the Royals, but as the statistics suggest, she is a highly unlikely candidate for the role of Diana.
Current Diana actress Corrin has been highly praised for her portrayal, with critics saying she perfectly captured Diana’s coy expressions and mannerisms.
The actress revealed the role had come with a lot of pressure because she was and remains such an admired public figure.
When she was first cast for the role, she said: “I have been glued to the show and to think I’m now joining this incredibly talented acting family is surreal.
“Princess Diana was an icon and her effect on the world remains profound and inspiring. To explore her through Peter Morgan’s writing is the most exceptional opportunity and I will strive to do her justice.”
The fourth season of The Crown will span across the years 1977 to 1990 and it introduces Lady Diana Spencer during Margaret Thatcher’s leadership.
The new series will focus on the wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, and their 1983 tour of Australia and New Zealand.
Corrin will also be seen taking her first flight on Concorde in 1989, and appearing at the Barnardo’s Champion Children Awards.
Fans have been expressing their excitement for the new season for many months, and they cannot wait to see how Corrin takes on such a highly-anticipated role.
The Crown season 4 airs on Netflix on November 15
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