The Crown’s Prince William actor Ed McVey gushes over ‘organic’ energy with co-star Meg Bellamy and reveals he used a movement coach to help him embody the royal
The Crown star Ed McVey has gushed over his ‘organic’ energy with co-star Meg Bellamy – ahead of the final season airing on Wednesday.
The actor, 21, who plays Prince William in the Netflix series said he loved shooting with Kate Middleton actress Meg, 20.
He also told Cosmopolitan UK how he used a movement coach to help him embody his role as the royal while preparing for the part.
The star sweetly said of Meg: ‘The casting team saw an energy between us, which was very organic and simple.
‘When we were in St Andrews filming the university scenes, we jumped in the North Sea with the rest of the cast, and it was one of those really special moments. It was freezing!’
On screen: The Crown star Ed McVey has gushed over his ‘organic’ energy with co-star Meg Bellamy – ahead of the final season airing on Wednesday
The Crown: The actor, 21, who plays Prince William in the Netflix series said he loved shooting with Kate Middleton actress Meg, 20 (seen on the show)
On how he prepped for playing the role of Prince William he added: ‘He’s been documented from birth, so I was able to watch him grow up and really study him.
‘He has a very specific voice – that 2000s Etonian thing, where people try to dial down how much money they have.
‘I worked with a movement coach, so I could embody his physicality, trying to connect it to his psychology – how he feels in his mind affects how he behaves in his body, especially with what he went through at that time.’
Meg and Ed – who star Kate Middleton and a grown up Prince William – made a stylish duo on the red carpet at the LA screening on Sunday night.
In October, a first glimpse of images from season six revealed how the Netflix series is set to recreate some standout royal moments from history.
And, according to the snaps released by the streaming giant, fans will see some historic moments recreated on screen – including Princess Diana’s final days before she died in a car crash in Paris in August 1997.
A statement by the streaming giant revealed that the season will cover the time period around the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as covering the meeting of Prince William and Kate Middleton in the early 2000s.
It says: ‘A relationship blossoms between Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed before a fateful car journey has devastating consequences.
Important: He also told Cosmopolitan UK how he used a movement coach to help him embody his role as the royal while preparing for the part
Stars: Meg and Ed – who star Kate Middleton and a grown up Prince William – made a stylish duo on the red carpet at the LA screening on Sunday night (seen with Prince Harry’s Luther Ford)
‘Prince William tries to integrate back into life at Eton in the wake of his mother’s death as the monarchy has to ride the wave of public opinion.
‘As she reaches her Golden Jubilee, the Queen reflects on the future of the monarchy with the marriage of Charles and Camilla and the beginnings of a new Royal fairytale in William and Kate.’
Among the iconic royal moments set to be recreated in series six are Prince Harry and Prince William’s summer trip to Balmoral in August 1997, which is where they received the news their mother had passed away.
Season six of the series picks up where season five left off, with Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, spending Summer apart for the first time as a now-divorced couple.
The two parents are seen having two very different holidays with their sons Prince William and Prince Harry.
According to executive producer Suzanne Mackie: ‘We’re very much in the beginning of the Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed story.
‘From the second she steps onto that boat and [you begin to see] some of those iconic images of her on the yacht, it does take you immediately to the whirlwind that was the press speculation around that romance.’
Netflix recently released a first trailer for the upcoming series, showing Imelda Staunton returning as Queen Elizabeth.
It also featured snippets of footage of previous Queen actresses Claire Foy and Olivia Colman in a nod to the series’ decades-spanning journey.
‘The crown is a symbol of permeance. It’s something you are, not what you do,’ Foy said, as a television flickered footage of her in character to begin the trailer.
She first starred as the monarch in seasons one and two of The Crown, and played a young Queen Elizabeth.
‘Some portion of our natural selves is always lost. We have all made sacrifices. It is not a choice. It is a duty,’ Colman then echoed.
The video rolled to a framed photo of her in character as the sovereign, who she played in seasons three and four
The clip dramatically then cut to Staunton in costume, quietly holding her hands before stepping out onto a Buckingham Palace-like balcony to greet a cheering crowd.
‘But what about the life, I put aside? The wouldn’t — I put aside?’ Staunton’s voice then questioned.
It was previously thought that the drama would run for five seasons, but then creator Peter Morgan decided to go back to his original plan of having six installments of the show.
All glammed up: The cast of the upcoming series of The Crown are pictured at the LA screening event
Nice: The star sweetly said of Meg: ‘The casting team saw an energy between us, which was very organic and simple’
Dedication: On how he prepped for playing the role of Prince William he added: ‘He’s been documented from birth, so I was able to watch him grow up and really study him’
Final season: The final instalment of the royal drama will air in two parts, with the first half of the series dropping on Netflix on November 16, and the second on December 14
He told Deadline: ‘As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons.
‘To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.’
The final instalment of the royal drama will air in two parts, with the first half of the series dropping on Netflix on November 16, with four episodes, and the second on December 14, with the final six episodes.
Read the full Ed McVey interview in the Dec/Jan issue of Cosmopolitan UK, on sale now.
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