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We’ve already told you about King Charles III, the new drama that speculates what could happen when Prince Charles ascends to the British throne.

Okay, so it doesn’t just speculate, but creates a whole scenario based on the new king refusing to sign a controversial bill into law, leading to political chaos, a constitutional crisis, and rioting in the streets.

Based on a Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name, it’ll star Doctor Who and Downton Abbey‘s Tim Pigott-Smith as the king in question, and reunite many of the original actors, including Oliver Chris as Prince William, Richard Goulding as Prince Harry, and Margot Leicester as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Just one name was missing, and that’s the actor who’d play Prince Charles’s daughter-in-law and wife of Prince William, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Originally played on stage by Lydia Wilson (Star Trek BeyondRipper Street), Deadline reports the role in the TV adaptation has gone to Charlotte Riley, who plays May Carleton in the second season of Peaky Blinders.

She told the BBC: “It’s such a unique project. To be both modern and rich in verse and to play someone who is real but yet totally re-imagined for this story is an exciting prospect for an actor.

“Kate Middleton is a really interesting woman, particularly within the context of this play, and it is a challenge I am really looking forward to.”

Us too, Charlotte. Us too. And with the whole cast now in place, shooting is due to begin this month, with an air date next year on Masterpiece.

Is this on your watch list? 

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.