Until now, it has often been assumed that the whole of the royal family take umbrage with The Crown‘s portrayal of themselves and their relatives. Both Princes William and Harry have previously voiced their concern for how their mother, the late Diana, Princess of Wales, is portrayed in the TV series, but it seems the Duchess of Cornwall’s opinions on the show may be less spiky.
A young Camilla Parker Bowles (then Shand) first enters The Crown‘s storyline in season three of the hit Netflix series, played by actress Emerald Fennell. And in a serendipitous turn of events, Emerald and the real Duchess of Cornwall actually met face-to-face recently at an International Women’s Day event.
The two ‘Camillas’ met at a Women of the World Festival event at Clarence House on 8 March, where they were spotted chatting and laughing during the reception. Despite what was no doubt a nerve-wracking moment for Emerald, the actress described meeting the real Camilla as ‘absolutely delightful’.
We can only assume that the Duchess of Cornwall found their meeting to be equally pleasurable and amusing, as she during a speech at the event, Camilla said: ‘It is reassuring to know that, if I should fall off my perch at any moment, my fictional alter ego is here to take over – so, Emerald, be prepared!’
When asked about what else Camilla had said, Emerald told reporters: ‘You know what, I’m going to be very discreet, because if I’ve learned anything it’s “loose lips sink ships”.
‘She is such an impressive person, it was fittingly nice to meet her today on International Women’s Day because she does so much for so many particularly female-centred charities,’ she said, adding that Camilla ‘has been in the spotlight for a long time and has always weathered it with a lot of grace and good humour.’