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The Crown cast Meg Bellamy in the role of Kate Middleton as Ed McVey plays Prince William

The Crown have cast actress Meg Bellamy in the role of Kate Middleton for series six of the drama.

The Netflix show initially put out casting call in April to find a ‘stunning actress’ to portray the role of a young Kate, and now after a five month wait, they’ve finally found their Duchess. 

Meg, who was head girl at St Crispin’s School where she studied drama, will star alongside Ed McVey, who has been cast as her onscreen husband Prince William. 

Introducing her Royal Highness: The Crown have cast actress Meg Bellamy in the role of Kate Middleton for series six of the drama

The real deal: Meg will take on the role of Kate in the series

The real deal: Meg will take on the role of Kate in the series

Introducing her Royal Highness: The Crown have cast actress Meg Bellamy in the role of Kate Middleton for series six of the drama

Ed and Meg will play the couple during the period in which their romance blossomed while studying at St Andrews University. 

The part of the future Queen Consort is Meg’s first major acting role and comes just months after she left her comprehensive school in Wokingham. 

In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa will also play the Prince at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana. 

While Meg has no official acting credits to her name, both Ed and Rufus have significantly more experience. 

Young love: The Netflix series will depict Kate and William's blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews (pictured in 2007)

Young love: The Netflix series will depict Kate and William's blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews (pictured in 2007)

Young love: The Netflix series will depict Kate and William’s blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews (pictured in 2007)

Ed, who will take on the Prince in the early 2000s with scenes showing how he fell for fellow Art History student Kate, graduated Drama Centre London in 2021.

He was an understudy in the play Camp Siegfried, which was show at London’s Old Vic. 

Meanwhile Rufus made his professional acting debut in Sue Townsend’s The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 & 3/4s: The Musical, while he’s also acted in a handful of West End productions.  

It was reported in April that The Crown bosses were on the hunt for a ‘stunning’ actress who can play a young Kate Middleton in the sixth season of the Netflix drama.

Her Prince awaits: Meg, who was head girl at St Crispin’s School where she studied drama, will star alongside Ed McVey, who has been cast as her onscreen husband Prince William

Her Prince awaits: Meg, who was head girl at St Crispin’s School where she studied drama, will star alongside Ed McVey, who has been cast as her onscreen husband Prince William

Riyal role: Ed will play the Duke of Cambridge on screen

Riyal role: Ed will play the Duke of Cambridge on screen

Her Prince awaits: Meg, who was head girl at St Crispin’s School where she studied drama, will star alongside Ed McVey, who has been cast as her onscreen husband Prince William

The show previously issued a casting call looking for ‘exceptional young actors’ to play Prince William and Prince Harry aged 16-21.

A source said: ‘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.

‘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.’

Younger days: In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa will also play the Prince at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana

Younger days: In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa will also play the Prince at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana

Way back when: A young Prince William in 1997

Way back when: A young Prince William in 1997

Younger days:  In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa will also play the Prince at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana

MailOnline contacted representatives for Netflix for comment at the time.

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 £100million 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 is playing Prince Charles. It is not known if a fictionalised Prince Harry will appear.

Role: It was reported in April that The Crown bosses were on the hunt for a 'stunning' actress who can play a young Kate Middleton in the sixth season of the Netflix drama (Kate pictured with William in 2005)

Role: It was reported in April that The Crown bosses were on the hunt for a 'stunning' actress who can play a young Kate Middleton in the sixth season of the Netflix drama (Kate pictured with William in 2005)

Role: It was reported in April that The Crown bosses were on the hunt for a ‘stunning’ actress who can play a young Kate Middleton in the sixth season of the Netflix drama (Kate pictured with William in 2005)

Plans: Bosses were 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 (pictured in March 2022)

Plans: Bosses were 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 (pictured in March 2022)

Plans: Bosses were 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 (pictured in March 2022)

Directors are looking for actors that bare a strong resemblance to the royals and say no previous acting experience is required.

‘We are very experienced in providing a great deal of support for the young actors and their families through what they find is a uniquely rewarding creative process,’ the notice read.

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 centre in a bid to set him straight.

1662164452 62 The Crown cast Meg Bellamy in the role of Kate

1662164452 62 The Crown cast Meg Bellamy in the role of Kate

 

On the lookout: The show previously issued a casting call looking for 'exceptional young actors' to play Prince William and Prince Harry aged 16-21

On the lookout: The show previously issued a casting call looking for 'exceptional young actors' to play Prince William and Prince Harry aged 16-21

On the lookout: The show previously issued a casting call looking for ‘exceptional young actors’ to play Prince William and Prince Harry aged 16-21

The dates also cover the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebration as well as the royal family’s reaction to wider world events including the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Other key events in the time period including Edward’s marriage to Sophie Wessex in 1999 and the deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen mother in 2002.

William and Harry – as well as Kate Middleton and Harry’s then girlfriend Chelsy Davy were regulars on the London club scene in the early noughties.

While Netflix’s artistic license has been called into question before, creator Peter Morgan has said he feel a ‘sense of duty’ towards the royal brothers.

Sources close to the creator previously told the Daily Mail he felt a sense of ‘responsibility’ towards the pair.

Final season: Directors are looking for actors that bare a strong resemblance to the royals -and say no previous acting experience is required. It will likely cover 1998 to 2005 (the brothers are pictured at the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002)

Final season: Directors are looking for actors that bare a strong resemblance to the royals -and say no previous acting experience is required. It will likely cover 1998 to 2005 (the brothers are pictured at the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002)

Final season: Directors are looking for actors that bare a strong resemblance to the royals -and say no previous acting experience is required. It will likely cover 1998 to 2005 (the brothers are pictured at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002)

Timeline: The time period will likely cover William attending University of St Andrew's in Scotland where he met Kate Middleton as well as Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles and the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana

Timeline: The time period will likely cover William attending University of St Andrew's in Scotland where he met Kate Middleton as well as Prince Charles' wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles and the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana

Timeline: The time period will likely cover William attending University of St Andrew’s in Scotland where he met Kate Middleton as well as Prince Charles’ wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles and the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana

However, royal editor and author Duncan Lancombe told OK! that the Prince ‘can’t not be upset’ at ‘Netflix cashing in on your trauma’.

‘Netflix can just make up conversations with the premise that it is a drama. They are basing it on history, but in order to make it something watchable they are dramatising it.’

‘The only two humans that know what they said to each other at the most horrendously traumatic time of their lives is them. Netflix now thinks it’s acceptable to put two child actors doing it with made up lines.’

‘What I’ve said about how William will feel. Take that and double it for Harry. Harry is an emotional guy, whereas William is quite insular and shy when he needs to be.’

History: William and Harry - as well as Kate Middleton and Harry's then girlfriend Chelsy Davy were regulars on the London club scene in the early noughties (pictured in 2002)

History: William and Harry - as well as Kate Middleton and Harry's then girlfriend Chelsy Davy were regulars on the London club scene in the early noughties (pictured in 2002)

History: William and Harry – as well as Kate Middleton and Harry’s then girlfriend Chelsy Davy were regulars on the London club scene in the early noughties (pictured in 2002) 

The appearances of Meg, Ed and Rufus will follow on from the season five cast, with a number of known names taking on the roles of various members of the Riyal Family.

The last two seasons of the hit drama covering the Royal Family in the 1990s to 2003. 

Elizabeth Debicki had been cast as Princess Diana in August 2020, and fans of the Netflix show were delighted to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role – replacing Emma Corrin.

From her big break in 2013’s The Great Gatsby to becoming a household name thanks to 2016 TV series The Night Manager, the star steadily climbed up the ranks of showbusiness to secure the career-making role.

Changes: Elizabeth Debicki had been cast as Princess Diana in August 2020, and fans of the Netflix show were delighted to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role - replacing Emma Corrin

Changes: Elizabeth Debicki had been cast as Princess Diana in August 2020, and fans of the Netflix show were delighted to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role - replacing Emma Corrin

Plot: The Crown's fifth and sixth series will include Diana's death in 1997

Plot: The Crown's fifth and sixth series will include Diana's death in 1997

Elizabeth Debicki had been cast as Princess Diana in August 2020, and fans of the Netflix show were delighted to hear that the Australian actress would be taking on the role – replacing Emma Corrin 

A former ballerina in training, Elizabeth switched to theatre during high school. She studied at University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of the Arts, where she was also awarded the Richard Pratt Bursary for outstanding acting students.  

She shot to stardom after making her debut in The Great Gatsby in 2013, after impressing the film’s director, Baz Luhrmann, with her brief appearance in the 2011 Australian movie A Few Best Men.

Since then, she has appeared in several movies including The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Tenet and The Cloverfield Paradox.

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