The young prince and his new fiancé stand in front of the flashing cameras of the media to announce their engagement.
“What can you tell us about the actual wedding?”
“Well, we’re not that far yet, but so far we’re really happy,” the prince replied.
All the while, the coquettish young bride-to-be smiles politely, keeping her eyes on the cameras.
The scene is from the just released fourth season of The crown, The prestigious Netflix drama about the life of the British royal family. In this third episode of The Tale, Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) asks Diana Spencer (Emma Corinne) to marry him, although she quickly learns at the beginning of their lavish royal wedding that the monarchy is not as glamorous as it seems.
The engagement scene is a somewhat true re-enactment of the real event in 1981, next to the costumes the two actors are wearing.
But since the latest season came out on Sunday, it also quickly became a meme.
In the scene, the camera rests on Corinne’s shy face as she mimics the slightly crooked and modest smile that Princess Diana was known for.
“It’s basically like a headlight rabbit,” said Wayne David, a 39-year-old part-time DJ in south-east London who only recently launched the show after finishing his work on Netflix.
“Taking on the role of the most famous woman in the world must have been very daunting!” he said, praising Corinne’s performance. “These early scenes really remind you of how young Diana was when she was pushed into the spotlight. I think she caught that perfectly.”
David was so shocked the moment he followed him on the BBC and made a short recording on the screen.
“Isolated really made me laugh for some reason,” he said.
Then upload the video to Twitter with a funny caption.
The tweet itself received respected hundreds of retweets, but the video with Diana’s expressive face was immediately shared by thousands of others on Twitter and garnered over 2.5 million views in one day.
Many have found that it perfectly captures their own characteristics.
Maybe because it’s a video of a young princess, but the video was a big hit on Gay Twitter.
We’re still not sure if Corinne herself has seen the meme (a show spokesman declined to comment), but we do know that she was overwhelmed by all the attention to her performance.
She told GQ magazine that she was particularly worried about what Princes William and Harry thought of her as their mother.
“If I ever saw them at a party, I would probably leave!” She said.
As for David, the London DJ who started the whole meme, he felt impressed that he had traveled here, but Royally made sure that other people were joking better than him.
“I’m very jealous to see other people come up with more fun versions of memes and get a lot more likes than mine,” he jokes. “It’s like going back to school when someone will copy your work and make it better and get higher grades.”
Of course, he found exactly the meme to express this unique emotion.