The young prince and his new fiancé stand in front of the cameras flashing in the media to announce their involvement.
“What can you tell us about real marriage?” asks a journalist.
“Well, we have not reached much yet, but at the moment we are very happy,” the prince replies.
All the while, the filthy young bride smiles politely, making eyes for the cameras.
The scene is from the fourth season that has just been released The crown, The prestigious Netflix drama dating the lives of the British royal family. In this third episode, “Fairytale”, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) asks Diana Spencer (Emma Corinne) to marry him, though he quickly learns after their rich royal wedding that the monarchy is not as glamorous as it seems.
The engagement announcement scene is a somewhat faithful reproduction of the real event in 1981, under the costumes worn by the two actors.
But since the last season released on Sunday, it is also fast becoming a meme.
On stage, the camera remains on Corrin’s shy face as he mimics the slightly crooked and shy smile Princess Diana was known for.
“It basically looks like a rabbit in the spotlight,” he said Wayne David, a 39-year-old part-time DJ in south east London, who recently started the show as soon as he finished things to watch on Netflix.
“Taking on the role of the most famous woman in the world must have been very scary!” he said, praising Corrin’s performance. “In these first scenes, you really remember how young Diana was when she came to the fore. I think she captured it perfectly.”
David was so shocked by the moment he watched it on the BBC and made a short recording.
“Individually it made me laugh for a reason,” he said.
He then uploaded the clip to Twitter with a funny caption.
The tweet itself received a respectable few hundred retweets, but the clip of Diana’s expressive face was immediately shared by thousands of others on Twitter and garnered more than 2.5 million views in one day.
Many found it perfect to capture their own temperaments.
Maybe because it’s a clip of a young princess, but the video was a huge success on Gay Twitter
We’re still not sure if Corrin herself has seen the meme (a spokeswoman for the show declined to comment), but we do know that she’s a little shocked by all the attention paid to the release of the release.
She he told GQ magazine is particularly concerned about what Princes William and Harry think is playing their mother.
“If I ever saw them at a party, I would probably leave!” he said.
As for David, the London DJ who started the whole meme, he feels impressed that he has traveled so far, but it turned out that other people made better jokes than he did.
“I’m very jealous to see other people come up with funnier versions of the meme and get a lot more likes than mine,” he joked. “It’s like going back to school when someone copies your work and does it better and gets higher marks.”
Of course, he only found the meme to express this unique feeling.