Several fans of The Crown are convinced that a senior member of the royal family has flaunted protocol and made a covert cameo in the recently-released fourth instalment of the Netflix drama.
A gobsmacked viewer took to Twitter on Tuesday to share their surprise at spotting a female extra in the background of episode six that they think bears a striking resemblance to none other than Kate Middleton.
“Meta moment in S4 Ep6 of #TheCrown....while depicting Charles and Diana's trip to Oz, one of the women reaching out to touch Diana is the spit of Kate Middleton...” they wrote.
To back up their claim, the user posted a screenshot of the Duchess of Cambridge’s doppelganger who is indeed sporting a very similar hairstyle to the 38-year-old’s iconic bouncy blowout.
The duchess’ lookalike appears in a bustling crowd scene during the Prince and Princess of Wales’ 1983 royal tour of Australia — which was actually shot in Spain.
Others on Twitter were also believed that the woman’s Middleton-esque wide smile and polished outfit made her a dead ringer for the future queen.
“Surely SURELY I'm not the only one who has definitely (read: probably not, but definitely) spotted Kate Middleton in the background in Season 4 of @TheCrownNetflix!” one remarked.
Not everyone was in agreement, however, with one user writing, “Amazing as they look nothing like each other!”
Considering the monarchy’s alleged opposition to the series, odds are the extra wasn’t HRH.
Palace ‘fuming’ over season four
It’s been one of the most highly anticipated Netflix shows for the past couple of years but according to palace insiders, the royal family is furious over the new season of The Crown.
While past seasons have reportedly irked the monarchy, season four of the drama series has left them livid over its depiction of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s turbulent relationship.
The new season, which dropped on Netflix over the weekend, documents a series of events from 1979 up until 1990, however, royal insiders have slammed the show for having “no regard to the actual people involved who are having their lives hijacked and exploited,”
“In this case, it's dragging up things that happened during very difficult times 25 or 30 years ago without a thought for anyone's feelings. That isn't right or fair, particularly when so many of the things being depicted don't represent the truth” a palace source told the Mail on Sunday.
Additional reporting by Sarah Carty.
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