Emma Corrin has revealed her brother told her she was a perfect fit for the role of Princess Diana two years before she was cast in the Netflix hit.
The Crown star, 25, reflected on her sibling’s intuition during an interview with Variety in their iHeart podcast The Big Ticket on Wednesday.
Explaining how her brother shared his support for her taking the part in 2017, she said: ‘I remember being on holiday with my family maybe when the second season of The Crown had come out and I remember them joking about who was going to play Princess Diana.
‘One of my brothers was like, “You should play Princess Diana.” I was at university at that time and I was like, “In my wildest dreams.”
‘It’s very strange to think back on those kind of moments now,’ she admitted.
Emma made her debut in The Crown’s fourth series, playing a younger version of Princess Diana, as the show documented her turbulent marriage to Prince Charles.
She has won critical acclaim for her portrayal of the late Princess Diana, but casting directors didn’t originally see her as the person for the role until they watched her play against auditioning actresses.
Emmy-winning casting director Robert Sterne revealed recently to Elle that the tense lunch between Princess Diana and Emerald Fennell’s Camilla was used as an audition scene for the latter role, with Emma only serving as a stand-in reader as Diana.
Sterne explained: ‘I usually read in all these meetings, but we decided because it was this major scene that we would get somebody to come in [for Diana]. We asked Emma to come in, not thinking about casting Diana at this point.
‘But as she was reading with these Camillas, all the directors and the showrunner were looking more at her and not at the people playing Camilla—who will remain nameless, of course.
‘When we got to thinking about Diana a year later, there she was in my notes.’
The revelation comes after Kent-born Emma said she ‘understands’ calls by the Culture Secretary to include a disclaimer on the newest series.
The actress insisted the series doesn’t require a warning as fans are aware the drama is ‘very clearly’ a ‘dramatised version of events.’
It comes following calls from Oliver Dowden to state that The Crown is clearly a work of fiction, but Netflix has insisted the series is billed as a drama meaning a disclaimer isn’t needed.
Emma spoke out on the disclaimer row in an interview with Variety for their iHeart Radio podcast The Big Ticket, saying: ‘It is very clearly a dramatised version of events.’
The actress echoed her co-star Josh O’Connor’s claims that viewers are well aware the series is a work of fiction.
She added: ‘This is fictitious in the same way people don’t mistake Succession for what actually happened with the Murdochs.
‘I also understand [the request] comes from a place of sensitivity and protectiveness of the Royal Family and Diana.’
President-elect Joe Biden on Friday blasted Republican lawmakers who refused to don masks while housed in safe rooms during last week's Capitol insurgency, telling them, "It's time to grow up."
He also more broadly condemned the politicization of a measure that has been repeatedly proven to decrease the transmission of the coronavirus.
"It was shocking to see members of the Congress while the Capitol was under siege by a deadly mob of thugs refuse to wear masks while they were in secure locations," Biden said. "I'm so proud of my congresswoman right here in the state of Delaware, Lisa Blunt Rochester, trying to hand out masks while people were lying on the floor, huddled up. And Republican colleagues refusing to put them on. What the hell is the matter with them?"
Several members of Congress were huddled in secure locations during last week's Capitol insurgency that left five people dead. At least three Democratic House members tested positive for Covid-19 after sheltering with Republicans who refused to wear masks.
Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) revealed their diagnoses this week, and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman announced her positive test on Monday. Coleman is a 75-year-old cancer survivor.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi imposed fines this week on members who refuse to wear masks on the House floor, with a $500 penalty for a first offense and $2,500 for a second offense.
Biden condemned anti-mask members while unveiling his Covid-19 vaccination plan in Wilmington, Del. During his remarks, he reiterated plans to mandate masks in public spaces once he takes office and implored Americans not to politicize the safety measure.
"I know it's become a partisan issue, but what a stupid, stupid thing for it to happen. This is a patriotic act," Biden said of wearing masks.
She always knows how to show off her sartorial prowess.
And Rita Ora put on a stylish display as she posed in a throwback snap shared by her stylist Rob Zangardi on Saturday, that was originally taken during her Phoenix World Tour in 2019.
The Masked Singer judge, 30, showed off her sensational figure as she slipped into a white butterfly-print leotard that she paired with a matching hat.
Rita wrapped a monochrome polka-dot jacket around her waist, and she added a glittering touch to the beach look by wearing a gold chain necklace.
The blonde beauty styled her locks into a sleek, straight style that fell over her shoulders, and she wore sparkling silver eyeshadow to accentuate her brown eyes.
She also accessorised the look by wearing an array of beaded bracelets on both wrists, and she smiled as a make-up artist helped her get ready to go on stage.
Rita's post comes after it was reported earlier this month that the singer has been paid an eye-watering £1million to appear on the second series of The Masked Singer.
The Anywhere hitmaker, who returned to screens on the ITV show on Boxing Day, is said to be earning double the pay packet of new recruit Mo Gilligan, 32.
A source told The Mirror: 'Rita received a whopping £1million-per-series deal for her role as a returning judge.
'They were really keen to secure her return as she had been such a big hit in the first series. But they also really wanted Mo, too. He is a prolific talent with a big following.'
When contacted by MailOnline, a representative for Rita Ora declined to comment.
Davina McCall and Jonathan Ross have returned to their judges' seats alongside Rita and BAFTA-winning comedian Mo, who has replaced Hangover star Ken Jeong.
Reports of Rita's windfall come after it was claimed she had fled the UK for the final weeks of 2020 following her lockdown rule flouting 30th birthday party.
According to The Sun, the singer - who flouted strict rules by celebrating her birthday at an illegal gathering last month - has jetted to Bulgaria to film a new music video and will stay abroad for the rest of the year.
This will be the second time she has left the country in recent weeks, having also been caught flying privately to Egypt and not quarantining afterwards.
A source said: 'Rita has beaten herself up about her mistakes but has thrown herself back into work to take her mind off things.
'She spent most of this year working on her music and is now hoping to return with new tracks in early 2021, with the video to one single being filmed at the moment in Bulgaria.
'She doesn’t want to be in London right now so has booked a relaxing holiday over Christmas and New Year in the hope she can start afresh in January.
'Taking some time out to reflect on everything that has happened is very important to her right now.'
MailOnline approached Rita Ora's reps for comment at the time.
Glenn Hoddle became the latest celebrity to be unmasked on Saturday's episode of The Masked Singer 2021.
The former England manager, 63, was revealed to be the Grandfather Clock after being chosen to reveal his identity following a sing-off with Viking.
None of the judging panel, Rita Ora, Mo Gilligan, Jonathan Ross, or Davina McCall, guessed his identity correctly, despite all of them suggesting the names of different footballers before the unmasking.
Mo chose Lee Dixon as his guess, while Rita suggested Ian Wright and Davina picked David Seaman, with Jonathan guessing Peter Shilton as he played during the 1986 World Cup.
Of how the judges didn't figure out his identity, Glenn said afterwards: 'They were so close I thought any time now they're going to nail it, but you didn't clock me!'
Jonathan was particularly shocked as he had thrown Glenn's name into the ring early on, after contemplating Grandfather Clock's musical past and saying Glenn had previously released the single Diamond Lights with Chris Waddle.
He said in dismay: 'I'm kicking myself and I just remembered you had a hit single, Hoddle and Waddle!'
Attempting to decipher the clues they were given on the show, Jonathan asked what his link to Bulgaria was and Glenn said that was where he made his debut on the football pitch.
Glenn took part in the England's Euro 80 match against Bulgaria in November 1979, and scored a 2-0 win at the match.
During the show, his two lies and a truth saw him claim he never worked in a bank but was good at saving, the Prime Minister had compared their jobs in the past, and that people always give him stuff he doesn't like.
The second statement was the truth, as he explained to the judges that he met with Tony Blair prior to the 1998 World Cup when he was the team's manager, and where England reached the second round where they lost to Argentina on penalties.
Glenn said of meeting Blair: 'He said something, before the World Cup he said I had a bigger job than he did!'
Gushing about being able to take part in the show, Glenn said of his costume: 'It was so endearing, when I first saw it I fell in love with.'
He then said the show had been a 'surreal' and 'wonderful' experience, as he told the judges: 'I've always loved singing and when the opportunity came up... it's easy in the kitchen but when you come here it's a bit [different], but great fun!'
During the sing-off, Glenn chose to perform Barry Manilow’s Can’t Smile Without You which was an anthem for fans of his long-time club, Tottenham Hotspur.
Last week, it was revealed that Martine McCutcheon was the Swan character with Jonathan correctly guessing her identity before the unmasking.
Talking about her time on the show, Martine said: 'I just thought it would be so lovely just to come out and have fun!'
The second show saw Spice Girl Mel B revealed to be the Seahorse character.
After being unveiled, she admitted: 'I thought I disguised myself pretty well with my voice and accent and trying not to be like me. I'm very shocked that you guessed me.'
While Sophie Ellis-Bextor was unmasked as the Alien on the premiere episode on Boxing Day.
Murder On The Dancefloor singer Sophie admitted she was lucky she didn't take a tumble in her costume.
After the show, she said: 'I was on a platform and couldn't see too well. I thought I might fall off.'
On having an advantage as a singer, she continued: 'I felt like a gymnast who had a cool routine with jumps and twists, who then left after their first comedy somersault. But it's cool.'
The Masked Singer continues on Saturday at 7PM on ITV.