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The Crown Finds Its Prince William and Kate Middleton

Ed McVey and Meg Bellamy will play the royal couple in Season 6.
  • Ed McVey; Meg Bellamy (Photos: Netflix)
    Ed McVey; Meg Bellamy (Photos: Netflix)

    The Crown has found its Prince William and Kate Middleton.

    After an exhaustive search, Netflix has cast two actors as the young prince — 16-year-old Rufus Kampa and 21-year-old Ed McVey — and Meg Bellamy as Kate Middleton in The Crown Season 6.

    All three actors are newcomers to Hollywood, though Variety reports the young men have experience on stage. McVey, who takes on a key role as the college-aged William, graduated from the Drama Centre London in 2021 after completing a four-year program, while Kampa played the lead in "Sue Townsend's 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 & 3/4s' The Musical" on the West End.

    Bellamy, who will make her professional debut in The Crown, and Kampa were cast after submitting audition tapes to Netflix.

    Plot details about The Crown Season 6 are scarce, but given the actors' ages, the season is expected to be set in the late 1990s and early 2000s. William was 15 years old when his mother, Princess Diana, died in August 1997; he and Kate met at St. Andrews University in 2001.

    The Crown's sixth season is expected to begin filming this fall, just as Season 5 debuts on Netflix in November. The drama's fifth season will feature an entirely new cast, including Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II, 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.

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    Claire Spellberg Lustig is the Senior Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.

    TOPICS: The Crown, Ed McVey, Kate Middleton, Meg Bellamy, Prince William, Rufus Kampa