Emma Corrin, 25, opened up about how “grateful” she is to Prince Harry for acknowledging her role as his mother Princess Diana, in Netflix’s famed period drama The Crown. The actress, who just won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Drama on Sunday night, admitted she felt “incredibly moved” by his reaction.
During a recent interview on The Late Late Show With James Corden, the real life Prince offered praise for the drama, which left Emma in high spirits.
“I was very moved by the fact that he acknowledged it,” she told reporters during a backstage interview at the virtual ceremony.
“I’m incredibly grateful to him and incredibly moved by what he said.”
She portrayed the people’s Princess from the age of 16 to 28, but will hand over the role to Elizabeth Debicki for series five.
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“I felt like I was with her for such an arc — it was time for me to move on,” she continued.
“I can’t wait to see what Elizabeth does.”
Emma was over the moon to win her first Golden Globe and after she got over her initial excitement, she paid a loving tribute to the late Princess, thanking her for teaching her “compassion and empathy”.
She said of Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997: “Thank you most of all so much to Diana, you’ve taught me compassion and empathy beyond any measure I could ever mention.
“On behalf of everyone who remembers you so wonderfully and passionately in our hearts, thank you.”
Also included in her gushing acceptance speech was her co-star Josh O’Connor, who portrayed Prince Charles, and who she described as her “prince charming”.
“Thank you, thank you so much for this incredible honour. Thank you so much to everyone at Leftbank Pictures, thank you Suzanne and Rob and Peter and everyone for believing in me,” she began.
“Thank you to my incredible cast and crew for being by my side, thank you to my prince charming Josh, I could not have done this without you, thank you for making every day a complete joy.
“Thank you so much to my incredible team as well, I don’t know where I’d be without you. Maya, it’s an honour and privilege to call you my agent and one of my best friends.”
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Josh himself, swept up an award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series, Drama, for his portrayal of the Prince Of Wales.
“That’s quite a surprise,” he said of his win and quite like Emma, he thanked the cast and crew and said he had the “time of my life” working on the show.
“To our incredible cast, every day working with you was a masterclass,” he beamed.
And addressing his co-star and fellow Golden Globe winner Emma, he said: “You’re extraordinarily talented, funny and a brilliant player of rock, paper, scissors. I love you to bits.”
Their co-star Gillian Anderson, also won a gong for supporting actress for her portrayal of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on the series and was also gratified by Harry’s remarks.
She said: “Harry is fairly well qualified to judge what is fact or fiction.
“He’s understood what Peter is trying to do on ‘The Crown,'” she added, referring to Morgan’s insistence that he’s not doing a docu-drama but trying to capture the pressures facing the royal family.
On her own win, she thanked the write, who is also her former partner, twice in her speech, both for “imagining I could inhabit Mrs T” and for “writing an exquisitely multi-dimensional character”.