Even the show's creator has drawn parallels between the two women.

By Kimberly Truong
Nov 17, 2020 @ 8:30 am
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If you've already made your way through all episodes of The Crown over the weekend (and even if you haven't), you know that the Netflix show's latest season delves into Princess Diana's journey as a young woman marrying into the royal family — and the struggles that come with adapting to royal life.

For some people, the depiction of an outsider coming into the monarchy, being praised by the public for reinvigorating the institution, and subsequently falling out with the royals sounds a little familiar. After watching the show's fourth season, people have begun drawing parallels between Princess Diana and her daughter-in-law, Meghan Markle. While there are obvious differences between the two women, The Crown's depiction of the arbitrary rules and scrutiny that come with royal life have people noting Meghan and Prince Harry's decision to step back from the royal family earlier this year.

In a segment for Good Morning America on Monday, royal correspondent and author of Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Royal Modern Family, Omid Scobie, discussed why The Crown viewers might be seeing similarities between Meghan and Diana.

"This new season follows Diana’s journey as a new member of the royal family. Someone that was adored, but then quickly laughed at and mocked within the institution of the monarchy," Scobie said. "It brings parallels to Meghan’s very recent journey and highlights a very big problem within the institution."

Actress Emma Corrin, who played Princess Diana in the show, has also spoken of the similarities between how Meghan and Diana were treated by the media, telling Town and Country"You just want to shake these tabloids and say, can’t you see history repeating itself?"

Even The Crown creator Peter Morgan drew parallels between Meghan and Princess Diana when he discussed both of their approaches to royal life earlier this year.

"When you see a beautiful young princess struggling to find love and acceptance within the family, the parallels are obvious and the parallels write themselves," he told Vanity Fair. "If you come into [the royal family] with any agenda for yourself—or if you come in and connect with the public in a way that threatens to change the way that the royal family connects with the public—that’s something that doesn’t particularly sit comfortably for either side."

He added, ″Really, the only version of events that works is if somebody comes in and becomes invisible, and just sort of knuckles down to a lifetime of agreeable supplicancy to the duties of the crown. Diana struggled to fit in with the institution in a way that it’s impossible not to see the parallels with Meghan Markle and Harry. So the story feels both incredibly vivid historically, but also it really shines a lot of lights on where we are now."