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17 August 2021, 15:53 | Updated: 17 August 2021, 16:05
Watch Emma Corrin sing ‘All I Ask of You’ as Princess Diana in a recently released, deleted scene from Netflix’s The Crown.
Netflix has released a deleted scene from The Crown in which Emma Corrin, as Princess Diana, sings a full cut of the Andrew Lloyd Webber song ‘All I Ask of You’.
The scene is taken from episode nine in season four of the TV series, in which the Princess of Wales (Corrin) gives her husband (Josh O’Connor) a tape of her performing the Phantom of the Opera song on their seventh wedding anniversary.
In the episode, she tells the Prince of Wales that singing the musical song for him is her attempt to “show what I really feel”.
The scene depicts the royal couple watching the tape, Charles forcing a smile throughout. Afterwards he tells his sister, Princess Anne, that it was “dreadful” and “exhausting” to watch.
Princess Diana really did sing ‘All I Ask of You’ for her seventh wedding anniversary gift to Charles, as reported here in 1988 by the Washington Post.
The Post article adds that Lloyd Webber himself was there to witness the performance, which was filmed in private on the musical’s West End set.
In November 2020, The Phantom of the Opera’s Twitter account confirmed the event took place, writing: “Princess Diana on one of her several visits to the Phantom. ‘All I Ask of You’ was always one of her favourite songs, with her once making a private video on the Phantom’s stage. Excited to see this moment in @TheCrownNetflix with the wonderful Emma Corrin.”
Princess Diana on one of her several visits to the Phantom. 'All I Ask of You' was always one of her favourite songs, with her once making a private video on the Phantom’s stage. Excited to see this moment in @TheCrownNetflix with the wonderful Emma Corrin. #TheCrown pic.twitter.com/Tfmk40AWOH— The Phantom Of The Opera (@PhantomOpera) November 15, 2020
On the same day, Lloyd Webber also posted of his enthusiasm for watching Corrin’s performance.
Meeting Princess Diana on the first of her several visits to @PhantomOpera. She was a great lover of live theatre and I'm looking forward to seeing Emma Corrin’s take on 'All I Ask of You' in @TheCrownNetflix. - ALW #TheCrown pic.twitter.com/QPlIYnMQZJ— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) November 15, 2020
When Corrin found out the scene was based on real-life events, she was “shocked”, the actor told Vanity Fair.
“That it’s exactly as it happened in the series – as in she hired the West End set, got a film crew in, and filmed it for Charles. Which is mental,” Corrin said.
The real-life tape has never been released to the public, nor has its existence ever been confirmed by the royal family.
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