Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall Just Met the Actress Who Plays Her on The Crown — and Even Scored a Laugh!
ARTHUR EDWARDS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Emerald Fennell
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall meets The Crown's Camilla!
Emerald Fennell, the actress who portrayed Camilla in seasons 3 and 4 of Netflix's royal drama, came face-to-face with her real-life counterpart during a reception to mark International Women's Day at Clarence House on Tuesday.
The two women happily chatted, shared a few laughs and posed together for a photo.
"It was particularly nice to meet her today on International Women's Day because, you know, she does so much for so many particularly female charities," the actress told journalist Georgie Prodromou.
Fennell, 36, then quipped, "I was nervous I might be thrown in the Tower — but so far, so good."
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“I was nervous I might be thrown in the Tower.”
Emerald Fennell, who plays the Duchess of Cornwall in The Crown, met Camilla today at a reception at Clarence House: pic.twitter.com/HB4S06f1vT
— Georgie Prodromou (@GeorgieProRadio) March 8, 2022
Although Fennell wouldn't share exactly what they spoke about, she was full of praise for Camilla.
"She's been in the spotlight for a long time and has always weathered it with grace," the actress said.
Camilla, 74, also mentioned Fennell in a light-hearted moment that got lots of laughs during her speech at the reception.
"For me, it's very reassuring to know that if I should fall off my perch at any moment, my fictional alter ego is here to take over," she said to laughs from the crowd gathered. "So, Emerald — be prepared!"
Camilla will have a new "alter ego" later this year when The Crown debuts its new cast for seasons 5 and 6. Olivia Williams will take over the role of Camilla.
Williams was spotted on set last month sporting Camilla's signature bob cut. The next season is expected to kick off in the early 1990s and cover the dramatic breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana's marriage.
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Des Willie/Netflix Emerald Fennell in The Crown
Not only has The Crown intrigued audiences from around the world, but they even scored some fans within the royal family.
According to Hello! magazine, Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter Princess Eugenie as well as Prince Edward and his wife Sophie, Countess of Wessex have seen the show, while Mike Tindall (who is married to the Queen's granddaughter Zara) has talked about the show on his podcast.
Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in the show's first two seasons, even said that Eugenie has confirmed that the Queen herself has seen it.
However, Prince William previously told Olivia Colman, who played his grandmother the Queen on seasons 3 and 4, that he does not watch The Crown.
"I was so excited and asked, 'Have you watched it?' " Colman said on The Graham Norton Show. "His answer was a firm, 'No.' But he was very charming and very lovely."