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How The Crown's Dominic West transformed into Prince Charles: 'I have a real empathy for Charles'

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How The Crown's Dominic West transformed into Prince Charles: 'I have a real empathy for Charles'
Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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Welcome to a very special episode of A Right Royal Podcast where our co-host and HELLO!’s TV Editor Emmy Griffiths will be flying solo to say goodbye to Netflix’s hit period drama The Crown ahead of season six part two’s release.

During the episode, Emmy will be catching up with the genius’ behind-the-scenes who made the show the smash hit that it is, and discusses what goes into recreating the royal family for the screen.

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First up, the show’s casting director Robert Sterne, AKA the person who cast talents from Claire Foy to Emma Corrin, will be joining us to talk all about what goes into finding the right stars for the show, what it was like casting Prince William and Kate Middleton for season six, and if he’d ever fancy making another season.

Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy at William and Kate in The Crown season 6 part 2© Keith Bernstein/Netflix
Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy at William and Kate in The Crown season 6 part 2

Then, Emmy will be speaking to the show’s hair and makeup experts Cate Hall and Emilie Yong, who go into what it takes to recreate royal styles, why they need to carefully select their makeup for authenticity, and how the makeup trailer is the best place to have a chatter on The Crown’s set.

The Crown season five recap

Imelda Staunton as The Queen in The Crown© The Crown
Imelda Staunton as The Queen in The Crown
  • Prince Charles and Princess Diana marriage breakdown

Season five began with Princess Diana devastated that their second honeymoon was halted abruptly by Princes Charles. 

  • "Queen Victoria Syndrome"

Prince Charles met with the Prime Minister after a published poll about the public's opinion of the monarchy. The idea of The Prince's Trust was born. 

  • Princess Diana In Her Own Words

Princess Diana was approached by journalist Andrew Morton to write the book, In Her Own Words. 

  • Annus Horribilis

The Queen's 'Annus Horribilis' was in 1992 following a fire at Windsor Castle, and the breakdown of two of her son's marriages. 

  • An intercepted phone call makes the news

A phone call between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles was intercepted by journalists and published in a newspaper. 

  • Panorama Interview

The infamous and now suspect Panorama interview with Princess Diana by Martin Bashir aired much to the royal family's dismay. 

The Crown stars reenact Charles and Camilla's wedding day© Justin Downing/Netflix
The Crown stars reenact Charles and Camilla's wedding day

And finally, we are joined by prolific movement coach Polly Bennett, who works with stars to authentically create the right movements to recreate historical figures, from the late Queen to Margaret Thatcher - and which royal she is most fascinated by.

She said: "I have a real empathy for Charles and I've always enjoyed working with the actors, particularly for Josh [O’Connor] and Dominic [West] because there's just so much to work through and I really feel like I know him and would like to spend some time with him and ask him how he is, I'd like to be his therapist!"

The Crown's Imelda Staunton © Justin Downing/Netflix
The Crown's Imelda Staunton

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