Olivia Williams says she believes the criticism Meghan Markle faces is rooted in racism.
The actress, 54, who plays Camilla Parker Bowles in the just-released fifth season of The crown, was asked whether the intense criticism Bowles received during the early days of her relationship with Prince Charles had been transferred to Markle in the present. According to Williams, race also plays a role in how Markle, who has a black mother and white father, is treated.
“My husband is African American – I can’t overlook the race problem. Somewhere in the souls of the people who despise Meghan I fear I think that’s a problem,” said Williams, who has been married for nearly 20 years. is with actor Rhashan Stone, in a new interview with the Sunday Times.
The Sixth Sense star suggested that the Duchess, as a former actress, would have assumed the royal institution would be as protective as a movie studio.
“If you’re an actor, the studio takes care of you and it’s in their best interest to protect you, but it doesn’t work that way [in the royal family]. They take care of the Crown. They don’t take care of you,’ she said.
Williams described her experience filming the series as “abducted by an incredibly swanky circus,” Williams said she met Bowles — now the Queen Consort alongside husband King Charles — in real life and found her “very funny.” However, she is not exactly a monarchist.
“I’ve always had a pinko lefty attitude towards the royal family. I really like that they were there to represent us, but I couldn’t really justify it in terms of all men being born equal,” she continued. “But of course, when I met her, I gushed.”
Williams, who rose to fame in films such as Rushmore and The mailmanstudied photos and videos of Bowles from the past, when she “always looks shocked, angry and miserable.”
Today, Charles and Camilla, who have been married for 17 years, seem only happy to be together, Williams said. “When you see them smiling and pointing and laughing at something they have in common,” she noted.
The announcement that she and the affair star Dominic West, who took over the role from Charles, would be met with a lot of negative criticism by the public this season. Many fans of the show said Williams and West were just too attractive to resemble their characters.
“[The production] will just have to try and suppress how hot we are for season 6,” Williams joked earlier Variety.
But today Williams says she doesn’t really understand the backlash.
“When I got the job, a lot of people said, ‘I don’t get it, I don’t see you as Camilla,’ and I said, ‘I to feel quite Camilla-esque,'” Williams told the times. “But anyway, I put on the wig and it’s done. I could really go home and the wig could do the work for me.”