The Crown's Emma Corrin inspires hilarious meme as Princess Diana clip goes viral
17 November 2020, 12:42 | Updated: 18 November 2020, 09:07
"Me on video calls pretending I know what people are talking about in meetings"
The fourth season of The Crown was bound to make a splash given the arrival of Princess Diana into the life of the royal family.
The scene that birthed the meme arrives in the third episode, 'Fairytale', when Charles and Diana attend a press conference at Buckingham Palace to announce their engagement.
At this point in the series, Diana is still very young, only 19 or 20, and has yet to acclimatise to the intense media interest in her relationship to the future king. She stands awkwardly next to Charles as they answer questions from the press, although it is Charles that does most of the talking.
When asked about the forthcoming wedding, as Charles explains they haven't done much planning yet, the camera zooms in on Diana's face as she listens to Charles and the journalist talk.
While Corrin's acting doesn't feel out of place or overdone in the actual scene, and she has been praised by critics and audiences alike for her role in the show, her facial expressions out of context are pure meme fodder.
Me trying to decide what to have for dinner pic.twitter.com/cy1CVrMaXk— Wayne David (@WayneDavid81) November 16, 2020
Me on a Zoom call pretending I’m listening and not just looking at myself— Hannah Tindle (@hannahtindle) November 16, 2020
When my assistant Andrea impresses me, the editor-in-chief of Runway pic.twitter.com/XAtOJ1DWSW— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) November 17, 2020
‘Try to look normal for the bouncer’ pic.twitter.com/R41MD2R4qC— Lee Mcveigh (@LeeMcVeigh) November 16, 2020
Me on video calls pretending I know what people are talking about in meetings pic.twitter.com/eKjOgPvOq4— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) November 16, 2020
Me moving an After Eight from my forehead to my mouth using only my facial muscles pic.twitter.com/4E9sQDqPWn— Guy Pewsey (@guypewsey) November 16, 2020
Me as a child listening to my parents argue about me playing with my sister’s barbies pic.twitter.com/DsOvwfrffl— Steven Wicks (@stevie_wicks) November 16, 2020
me in the queue at tesco pretending to be the main character pic.twitter.com/BAQxRnu2qq— princess di was a big pop girl (@joshcharles_21) November 16, 2020
me trying to make eye contact with the waiter so we can pay the bill pic.twitter.com/XIFkDf9hky— joe (@jxeker) November 16, 2020
Teenage me trying to smize every time Tyra did a smizing tutorial on America’s Next Top Model. pic.twitter.com/ODmcjatlvT— Sam Prance (@samprance) November 17, 2020
me in the frozen aisle weighing up whether I should get the Quorn nuggets again or if it might actually be quite a nice change to give something different a go pic.twitter.com/ZjOCEgrkam— lauren o'neill (@hiyalauren) November 17, 2020
me pretending to be mysterious and ~not like other girls~ at the show barrier thinking the artist is gonna fall in love with me: pic.twitter.com/VjyGMfa5w1— PopBuzz (@popbuzz) November 17, 2020
Many have remarked how similar it is to Debby Ryan's now infamous overacting faces in Radio Rebel, which also got the meme treatment.
I loved this actress and I think she did a good job being Diana overall but she really was giving me Debby Ryan vibes the whole time sjsjdjdjk https://t.co/PjNH7Ew47v— izzy (@eyescIosedd) November 17, 2020
I hate this video. Reminds me of Debbi Ryan 😂😂😂 https://t.co/LfaeePdgR9— Felipe Dumas (@PhoeboBuffay) November 16, 2020
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