Meg Bellamy reveals she spent ‘a lot of time’ studying Kate Middleton while filming The Crown because the royal’s university days were ‘a blank canvas’
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Meg Bellamy has revealed the difficulties of playing Kate Middleton in her university days in the final series of The Crown, because the royal was a bit of a mystery until she got engaged to Prince William.
The 21-year-old actress from Wokingham, who was working at Legoland Windsor when she submitted a tape of herself to the casting team on the Netflix series and was plucked from obscurity to be selected for the role, said she ‘spent a lot of time thinking’ about what the Princess of Wales was like in her younger years.
Kate, 41, did not do her first press interview until she was 29 years old upon her engagement to Prince William – meaning that, for young actress Meg, she was a ‘blank canvas’.
Speaking to the New York Times, she said she hoped she had done the Princess justice in her portrayal in The Crown series six – the second part of which is released next week.
She also joked she probably looked ‘insane’ while reciting her lines as Kate at home, as she took her onscreen outfits back from the set to get into character.
The Crown’s Meg Bellamy has revealed she spent time studying her onscreen character Kate Middleton, who did not do her first press interview until she was 29 years old
In an interview with the newspaper, Meg said of the royal mother-of-three: ‘I spent a lot of time thinking about what she would have been like before she knew where life would take her and that William would become her husband. I hope that I’ve done Kate justice.’
She added the Princess’s life during her university days at St Andrews was ‘something of a blank canvas’.
The Princess of Wales’s time with Prince William at St Andrews will be depicted in series 6 of The Crown
Elsewhere in the interview, budding fashion muse Meg discussed life in the limelight as she plays one of the most famous women in the world onscreen.
She said that, while she has at times been intimidated by flashing cameras on red carpers as she’s thrust into the spotlight, she reminds herself that this life is ‘something I’ve always dreamed about’.
Meg added she can now afford to shop in places more expensive than ‘high street brands like Primark’.
And she is certainly making waves in the fashion world, with designers across the globe itching to dress the starlet.
The Daily Mail revealed last month that the 21-year-old star on the rise has recently signed a deal to become the new face of Dior – a position that was falsely linked earlier this year to Meghan Markle.
The 21-year-old actress from Wokingham is hot property among high-end designers since she was announced for the role. Pictured at the BAFTAs 2023 in an Eudon Choi suit
The young actress who hails from Wokingham occasionally adds a pop of colour to her wardrobe (pictured at Goodwood Festival 2023)
As she attended the LA premiere of The Crown series 6 last month, Meg stunned in a Stella McCartney dress with a plunging neckline
That’s not all: Cartier, Valentino and Jaguar are all deeply enamoured with Meg Bellamy. In further signs that her lifestyle has become fit for a princess, she’s been a guest at some of society’s most glittering events.
A Netflix insider told the paper: ‘They have been queuing up for Meg, she is playing the most famous woman in the world in a globally famous television drama, so many labels and brands want some of that.
‘She is a total unknown, but she is being treated like Kate, an A-list princess.’
This year, Meg has been spotted at some very exclusive events wearing show-stopping outfits, as top fashion brands scramble to hang their clothes on Netflix’s new star.
She opted for a dazzling Stella McCartney cocktail dress to attend the premiere of the sixth series of The Crown in LA this week, in a show-stopping look that firmly announced her entrance onto the world stage.
The black gown featured a plunging neckline and a touch of sparkle from diamond-encrusted straps.
She also sported some stunning looks at Paris Fashion Week in September, where she was a guest of French fashion house Dior.
Sitting in the front row of the shows, she opted for all black outfits including a tailored suit with sharp lines and a full-skirted black dress.
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