The Crown’s Kate Middleton, Meg Bellamy, once played Miss Trunchbull in Matilda

Meg Bellamy who will soon star as Kate Middleton in The Crown once took to the stage as the gruesome Miss Trunchbull in Matilda. 

The actress, 19, starred as the formidable character in an amateur dramatics production and her tutor says even then she was a ‘star in the making’.

In the snap taken from the show the beauty donned a military style uniform with a large leather belt and a riding crop in hand. 

Acting abilities: Meg Bellamy, 19, who will soon star as Kate Middleton in The Crown once took to the stage as the gruesome Miss Trunchbull in Matilda

Acting abilities: Meg Bellamy, 19, who will soon star as Kate Middleton in The Crown once took to the stage as the gruesome Miss Trunchbull in Matilda

Acting abilities: Meg Bellamy, 19, who will soon star as Kate Middleton in The Crown once took to the stage as the gruesome Miss Trunchbull in Matilda

Her brunette tresses are slicked back as she sports a unibrow and scowls at the audience deep in character. 

Speaking to The Sunday Mirror teacher Claire compared Meg’s qualities to that of the Princess of Wales.

‘Meg is similar and ridiculously humble, she was very popular the type of student you had to encourage to come forward’. 

Scary stuff: In the snap taken from the show the beauty donned a military style uniform with a large leather belt and a riding crop in hand

Scary stuff: In the snap taken from the show the beauty donned a military style uniform with a large leather belt and a riding crop in hand

Scary stuff: In the snap taken from the show the beauty donned a military style uniform with a large leather belt and a riding crop in hand

She continued:  ‘What’s amazing is that she took the initiative to do a self tape for The Crown and it’s become one of the stories you rarely hear of in the industry – a huge unknown plucked for a massive production. That reflects Meg.’

Meg will begin shooting her scenes for the sixth and final season of the Netflix show later this year however Claire believed the youngsters loving family would help keep her grounded.  

‘They’re such a sweet, loving family. She will stay private, she’s a sensible person and will approach all this carefully. Her mum will be an amazing support as well.’

Star turn: Meg (left) will begin shooting her scenes as the new Princess of Wales (right) for the show's sixth and final season later this year

Star turn: Meg (left) will begin shooting her scenes as the new Princess of Wales (right) for the show's sixth and final season later this year

Star turn: Meg (left) will begin shooting her scenes as the new Princess of Wales (right) for the show’s sixth and final season later this year 

Meg, who was head girl at St Crispin’s School where she studied drama, will star alongside Ed McVey, who has been cast as her onscreen husband Prince William.  

Ed and Meg will play the couple during the period in which their romance blossomed while studying at St Andrews University. 

The part of the future Queen Consort is Meg’s first major acting role and comes just months after she left her comprehensive school in Wokingham. 

Younger days: In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa will also play the Prince at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana

Younger days: In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa will also play the Prince at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana

Way back when: A young Prince William in 1997

Way back when: A young Prince William in 1997

Younger days:  In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa (left) will also play the Prince (right in 1997) at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana

Young love: The Netflix series will depict Kate and William's blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews (pictured in 2007)

Young love: The Netflix series will depict Kate and William's blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews (pictured in 2007)

Young love: The Netflix series will depict Kate and William’s blossoming romance while they were students at the University of St Andrews (pictured in 2007)

Taking to Instagram after the news was revealed, an excited Meg penned: ‘Pinch me please… So excited to announce that I will be playing Kate Middleton in Series 6 of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’. It is such an honour to be joining the most incredible cast and crew, and I will strive to do Kate justice.

In addition to Ed, Rufus Kampa, 16, will also play the Prince at a different stage in his life, depicting his teenage years showing how he and the royal family coped with the death of Princess Diana.

It comes after The Mail on Sunday revealed that the former head girl Meg performed for the Queen’s cousin, the Duke of Kent, as a drama student in 2018.

Return:  Imelda Staunton will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time for the show's fifth season

Return:  Imelda Staunton will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time for the show's fifth season

Return:  Imelda Staunton will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II for the first time for the show’s fifth season 

Bellamy – known locally in Berkshire as Meg Smith – sang a medley from the musical Hamilton at a gala concert held by public school Wellington College to celebrate the opening of its performing arts centre.

Seven local schools were involved in the dance, drama and music recital in front of 900 guests at the centre in Berkshire, the county where the Duchess was raised.

Alongside fellow pupils from the St Crispin’s School in Wokingham – where she was head girl – Bellamy sang a ‘toe-tapping Hamilton medley’ dressed as one of the Schuyler Sisters, wealthy New York socialites.

Lesley Manville was confirmed to have joined the cast of The Crown as Princess Margaret back in 2020

Lesley Manville was confirmed to have joined the cast of The Crown as Princess Margaret back in 2020

Princess Margaret at an official royal engagement in 1966

Princess Margaret at an official royal engagement in 1966

Congrats: Lesley Manville was confirmed to have joined the cast of The Crown as Princess Margaret back in 2020 

It comes after the casting call for William and Harry said the roles in the drama are ‘significant’ indicating there may be storylines effecting the young Prince’s lives in the late nineties and early noughties.

Over the first four series of The Crown, the Netflix hit has become well known for bending facts to suit its narrative, and while some artistic license is inevitable, some critics have been outraged in its rewriting of history and relationships.

The final two series of The Crown will cover the Royal Family’s history throughout the 1990s and into 2003, however it is not yet know which moments will be seen. 

There are several poignant moments which could be used, including the Queen making a speech on her 40th anniversary of her accession in 1992, in which she called the year an ‘annus horriblis’.

She was referring to the breakdown of three of her children’s marriages; Prince Andrew, Princess Anne’s and Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana.

Other notable events during the time period included a fire at Windsor Castle, her golden wedding anniversary in 1997, and the deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother.

Also joining The Crown in series five is Lesley Manville, 64, who is set to star as Princess Margaret while Jonathan Pryce, 73, will take over the role of Prince Philip.

James Murray will take on the role of Prince Andrew, replacing Tom Byrne, who played the Queen’s second son in series four. 

The Crown returns to Netflix November 9 

Pivotal moments from The Crown so far… 

King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love    

Edward fell in love with Wallis Simpson, a married woman, and planned to marry her after his coronation when her divorce had come through.

However they were denied the opportunity to marry and due to divorce being forbidden for the Royals and decided to move to France together.

Edward later returned to England to face his family for the funeral of George VI following his death and went on to form a close bond with Prince Charles.

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Bigger picture: King Edward VIII abdicates the throne for love

Princess Margaret is also denied her happy ending 

Princess Margaret, who is painted as the Royal rebel throughout the first and second seasons, hoped to step outside tradition and marry divorcee Peter Townsend.

However growing public chatter over the illicit relationship begins to overshadow Elizabeth’s post coronation fame.

Margaret makes her intentions to marry Peter clear to Queen Elizabeth II and she asks her to wait until she is 25 to tie the knot with her love.

However when her 25th birthday does roll around the Queen has to go back on her word due to pressure from the Crown, and tells Margaret that she cannot grant her permission to marry Peter.

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Devastated: Princess Margaret is denied her happy ending with Peter Townsend

Winston Churchill’s rise and fall

The first and second seasons depicted the Queen’s relationship with the Prime Minister of the time, Winston Churchill.

Following his successful leadership during the Second World War, Winston rises to power again for a second time during Elizabeth’s reign.

The Crown follows Winston’s journey as he adjusts to answering to a woman in power and his deteriorating health. 

Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

The power struggle in the relationship is clear to see as Elizabeth’s role as the Queen takes priority over her marriage, while Prince Philip isn’t used to taking a backseat. 

The Crown also hints at infidelity in their relationship as Elizabeth finds a picture of Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova among his possessions, before sending him off on a five-month tour on the Royal yacht.

The tension comes to a head during the premiere for season two when the Royal couple argue on board the HMY Britannia as they strive to find a resolution to their problems, due to divorce not being an option for a monarch.

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth's new role

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth's new role

Trouble in paradise: Royal marriage is rocked Elizabeth’s new role

Elizabeth’s journey to accepting the Crown 

The start of the series shows a more wary and shy Elizabeth, compared to the formidable monarch she has grown into.

One of the key moments in the first series is her journey to accepting the Crown, after having to reconfigure all of the relationships in her life.

The series shows the Queen growing in confidence as she finds herself on a path of self-discovery.

The Queen visits Aberfan 

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Aberfan: After reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets

Episode three of the third season focuses on the Aberfan disaster which killed 144 people, including 116 childrne, after a colliery spoil tip collapsed over a school in a Welsh village.

The Queen did not immediately visit the disaster site, citing that she did not want to distract away from the tragedy with her presence.

However after reflecting on her decision, she eventually visited alongside her husband and it is claimed her delayed response remains one of her greatest regrets.

 The Royal Family documentary 

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

Inside the life: In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months

In a bid to give the public a better understanding of the Royal family they let a camera crew into their lives for 18 months.

The Crown depicts the whole thing as a disaster with the family reportedly banning the programme from ever being aired again.

However in actuality, the documentary was well-received and had sky high viewing figures.

Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

Touching: Prince Charles valuable time in Wales

After receiving backlash for the title ‘Prince of Wales’, despite not being a citizen or speaking the language, Prince Charles was sent to Aberystwyth University to learn the language.

Charles, who was 20 at the time, finished the trip with an elaborate investiture to pledge his allegiance to the Queen in Welsh.

However he asked to tweak the speech to add in his own voice, promising the Welsh residents that they wouldn’t be forgotten by England again.

Princess Margaret wows at the White House

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

She impressed! After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson

After being sent on a Royal tour of the U.S. in place of her sister, Margaret was invited to dinner at the White House by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The whole night appeared a huge success thanks to Margaret’s quick-wit and charm, with President Johnson seemingly lapping it up.

However across the pond Margaret’s success appeared to worry the Queen as she seemed concerned she was being outshone by her sibling.   

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