“When you see a beautiful young princess struggling to find love and acceptance within the family, the parallels are obvious and the parallels write themselves,” Morgan said.
“If you come into [the royal family] with any agenda for yourself — or if you come in and connect with the public in a way that threatens to change the way that the royal family connects with the public — that’s something that doesn’t particularly sit comfortably for either side,” he added.
“Really, the only version of events that works is if somebody comes in and becomes invisible, and just sort of knuckles down to a lifetime of agreeable supplicancy to the duties of the crown,” the British screenwriter and playwright said.
“Diana struggled to fit in with the institution in a way that it’s impossible not to see the parallels with Meghan Markle and Harry,” Morgan explained. “So the story feels both incredibly vivid historically, but also it really shines a lot of lights on where we are now.”
Season 4 of The Crown premieres on 15 November and will explore Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s relationship, as well Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher’s strained interactions.
Gillian Anderson portrays Thatcher, while Emma Corrin joins the cast as Lady Diana Spencer. Helena Bonham Carter is back as Princess Margaret, while Tobias Menzies reprises his role as Prince Philip.
The Crown recently released photos of Corrin in a replica of Diana’s wedding gown, created by costume designer Amy Roberts for the Netflix show. The dress took four months and 600 hours of labour to create: