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The Crown’s Kate Middleton on Recreating the Princess’s School Years

When Meg Bellamy realized that she had been solid as Kate Middleton, the world’s most well-known princess, on The Crown, the Brit couldn’t have been in a much less glamorous setting.

She was dressed as an enormous purple brick at Legoland Windsor, the place she labored as a mascot—and needed to peel off the costume and head to the supply car parking zone simply to take the decision.

Bellamy, who grew up 20 miles from the true Middleton, had spent months auditioning for the coveted position. After a self-tape, there had been callbacks; in a single, she filmed a scene serving to a college-age Prince William navigate the laundromat. The British actor, whose solely earlier credit score is a brief movie, had even carried out a read-through with the present’s sprawling solid and slate of administrators earlier than being solid. 

“I used to be so hooked up to the position and the anticipation was actual,” says Bellamy. “So after I lastly bought the decision, it was an enormous aid.” Not that she might inform her co-workers. She needed to pile again into the purple Lego uniform and take care of buyer complaints earlier than handing over her discover—solely telling her boss that she had scored “an enormous half.”

Having retired her mascot uniform, Bellamy started making ready to play the real-life princess by diving right into a analysis packet compiled by Netflix. The actors Ed McVey and Luther Ford, who play The Crown’s Prince William and Harry within the present’s ultimate episodes, have been drowning in video footage of the real-life royals they’d play, since each males had been documented since start. However with Middleton, who solely turned a public determine within the early aughts when she started relationship Prince William, there was a lot much less archival materials accessible.

Courtesy of Netflix.