While speaking to Entertainment Weekly, The Crown star discussed how she recreated Princess Diana’s tapes in the show. Elizabeth, 32, portrays the late Princess Diana on The Crown’s fifth season. In one episode, Diana records details of her life in the royal family on tape for journalist Andrew Morton. “I came to this character with a pretty blank canvas. I’m Australian, shock-horror, and I was very young during this period of history, so I didn’t have any lived memory of it.”.