Crown, The: Who Will Play Prince William and Kate Middleton in Season 6

The series changes up its cast every two seasons to portray the royals in different decades.

Kate Middleton, Prince William
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The producers of the hit series The Crown have revealed who will play Prince William and Kate Middleton in Season 6.

Two actors have been cast as the young prince: 16-year-old Rufus Kampa and 21-year-old Ed McVey. Meanwhile Meg Bellamy will play Kate Middleton.

Ed McVey, Prince William in 2001 aged 19

Season 5 of The Crown is scheduled to hit screens this November.

It will feature an all-new cast including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip, Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret, Dominic West as Prince Charles, Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, and Olivia Williams as Camilla Parker Bowles. Jonny Lee Miller will appear as Prime Minister John Major.

It will also feature West’s son Senan West as young Prince William (age 11). Teddy Hawley and Will Powell will both play a young Prince Harry at different ages.

While the producers remain tight-lipped as regarding which moments they plan to revisit during the show, the casting suggests that Season 5 will focus on the 1990s, including events leading-up to and possibly following Diana’s death in 1997.

Diana’s boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed, who died with her in the Paris crash, will be portrayed on the show by The Kite Runner star Khalid Abdalla while his father, former department store owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, will be played by Salim Daw (“Oslo”).

Left to right: Meg Bellamy, Kate Middleton in 2008 aged 26

Kate’s on-screen debut and the casting of 16-year-old Kampa as a younger version of William point to Season 6, set to go into production this fall, focusing on the late 1990s and early 2000s. Prince William was 15 in August 1997, when his mother died.

He took a gap year before enrolling at St Andrew’s University in Scotland in 2001, where he met fellow pupil Kate. They dated for 10 years before eventually tying the knot in 2011.

The 1990s and early 2000s were tumultuous time for the royals. The family’s popularity plummeted to its lowest ebb ever following Diana’s death and was rocked by numerous scandals.

Princes William and Harry became known for stumbling out of nightclubs, often surrounded by glamorous posh blondes; Prince Andrew was in friendship with convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein; Prince Charles was attempting to rehabilitate his image while integrating his former mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, into public life and conspiracy theories about Diana’s death raged, with some holding that Prince Philip was responsible.

There were numerous legal tangles following Diana’s demise, including high-profile criminal trial involving her former butler, Paul Burrell, after he was arrested for stealing hundreds of items belonging to the princess. The case was only halted at the very last minute after the Queen had remarkable “recollection” she had given him permission to take the items after all. The recollection meant that the trial collapsed, and members of royal family avoided having to testify in what was to have been media circus.

Rufus Kampa (courtesy of Netflix) Prince William (Toby Melville/Newsmakers via Getty Images)

There will be plenty of material for Kampa, McVey and Bellamy to digest.

Kampa has extensive stage experience, having played the lead in “Sue Townsend’s ‘The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 & 3/4s’ The Musical” on the West End as well as taking on roles in the Waterloo East Theatre and Wycombe Swan. He will join Tring Park School for Performing Arts — which counts Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley and Dame Julie Andrews among its alums — in September.

McVey graduated from Drama Centre London last year after completing a four-year training program. He has appeared on stage at The Old Vic and at Hammersmith Riverside Studios.

Bellamy is a complete newcomer, although she has done some amateur dramatics and filmmaking, with the high-profile series marking her professional debut.

Kampa and Bellamy were selected after submitting audition tapes in a social media casting call. The Crown will mark the trio’s professional screen debut.

It may make stars out of all three. Emma Corrin, set to appear alongside Harry Styles in upcoming feature “My Policeman,” was thrust into the public eye after she was plucked out of obscurity to play a young Princess Diana in Season 4. At the time she only had few screen credits.

Similarly, Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles in Seasons 3 and 4, also became household name and would win Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for his performance.