Camilla Parker Bowles's unexpected encounter with actor who plays her in The Crown

Camilla Parker Bowles met the Oscar winner who portrayed her in the two most recent seasons of the Netflix drama The Crown, Emerald Fennell.

An International Women’s Day lunch was held at Clarence House on Tuesday, the home of Camilla Parker Bowles and Prince Charles. Filmmaker and actor Emerald Fennell was among the guests, and was seen having a conversation with the Duchess of Cornwall during the event.

An occasion to celebrate

The two appeared to get along well, sharing a laugh. The Crown star later said it had been ‘absolutely delightful’ to meet the woman she played in the TV drama, explaining (via PA):

She is such an impressive person. It was fittingly nice to meet her today on International Women’s Day because she does so much for so many particularly female-centred charities.
Camilla Parker Bowles: This is what happened when she met the actor who plays her  Chris Jackson / Getty Images

She joked:

I was nervous I might be thrown in the tower but so far so good. She’s been in the spotlight for a long time and has always weathered it with a lot of grace and good humour.

Loose lips sink ships

Emerald declined to share precisely what she and Camilla had talked about when they came face to face for the first time. She said:

I’m going to be very discreet, because if I’ve learnt anything it’s ‘loose lips sink ships.’

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However, Emerald has certainly enjoyed portraying the Duchess:

I absolutely love Camilla, and am very grateful that my teenage years have well prepared me for playing a chain-smoking serial snogger with a pudding bowl hair cut.
This is the actress playing Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown series 5 This is the actress playing Camilla Parker Bowles in The Crown series 5