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Netflix producers are reportedly on the hunt for a ‘stunning’ actress who can play a young Duchess of Cambridge in the sixth season of the historical drama.
And while The Firm may be wary about the show, which has been known to bending facts to suit its narrative, Kate, now 40, ‘doesn’t have much to worry about’, Grant Harrold claims.
Grant, who worked as a butler for Prince Charles 2004 to 2011 told OK! magazine : ‘Kate (pictured graduating St Andrews with Prince William) doesn’t have much to worry about, her PR and image is perfect. There is nothing not perfect about her.’
He continued: ‘At the end of the day, it’s PR. Some bits are historical and some bits are drama – the palace has always been keen to remind people it is drama. It will be positive. So they may well see it as good PR. There will be an interest for them and she is likely to come face to face with the actress that plays her at some point at an event.’
According to The Sun, Netflix bosses are also hoping to find an actress who can play the Duchess of Cambridge so they can depict her and William’s blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews.
A source said last week: ‘Having the Duchess of Cambridge is an easy win for The Crown, as it will get more people watching. Particularly as it will show her relationship with William as their romance starts to blossom when they were both students.’ She’s pictured here in 2004.
‘But since she’s not a crucial part of the storyline, Kate’s presence is a bonus. They’ll only cast her if they can find the right candidate.’ MailOnline has contacted representatives for Netflix for comment.
It comes after the casting call for William and Harry said the roles in the drama are ‘significant’ indicating there may be storylines effecting the young Prince’s lives in the late nineties and early noughties.
Over the first four series of The Crown, the Netflix hit has become well known for bending facts to suit its narrative, and while some artistic license is inevitable, some critics have been outraged in its rewriting of history and relationships.
Royal experts have indicated that Prince Harry is now facing a dilemma over his casting after signing a $130 million deal with the streaming service – with upcoming series covering some of the most painful and traumatic points of this life.
In Season 5, which is currently being filmed, Dominic West’s son, Senan West, 14, will play a young Prince William. Fittingly, his father (pictured) is playing Prince Charles. It is not known if a fictionalized Prince Harry will appear. Directors are looking for actors that bare a strong resemblance to the royals and say no previous acting experience is required.
The casting call indicates the series will run until at least 2005, likely starting around 1998 – just a year after Princess Diana’s death.
The time period will likely cover William attending University of St Andrew’s in Scotland where he met Kate as well as Prince Charles’ wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles and the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana.
It may also cover Prince Harry’s party days, including alleged experiments with cannabis and alcohol, which resulted in Prince Charles taking the then 16-year-old Prince to a rehab center in a bid to set him straight.