Can Riley really empathise with the Duchess?


English actress Charlotte Riley is set to play the Duchess of Cambridge in forthcoming BBC drama King Charles III.

And it seems that stepping into Kate’s shoes has given her a unique insight into just what makes the Duchess tick. She describes Kate as an “incredibly interesting woman, and public figure”.


Continuing in the article cited in the Evening Standard, she goes on to add “and I think she is misunderstood”. Fascinating stuff!

What is King Charles III about?

While we love a good TV drama revolving around the Royals, usually the programmes in question give us an insight into the past, rather than offering a bleak look into the future…

BBC’s King Charles III is set in a dystopian Britain where society has been thrown into chaos after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Following the loss of his mother and his ascension to the thrown, a defiant Charles refuses to sign a controversial bill that would limit the freedom of the British press. Political unrest and rioting follow, with Charles eventually usurped by his own son, William.

In this highly tense political drama, the leading lady is William’s wife, Kate. And it’s a familiar face playing our beloved Duchess of Cambridge! Peaky Blinders Charlotte Riley will do the honours – and we can totally see a bit of a resemblance!

Charlotte told the Metro: “It’s such a unique project, to be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story.”

“Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play. And it is a challenge I am really looking forward to.”

Watch this space!

King Charles III was originally a play by Mike Bartlett. It premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London, in April 2014. The TV series will appear on BBC2 next year.

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