Apart from showing a new generation just how horrible Margaret Thatcher was as the U.K.’s first female Prime Minister, The Crown’s fourth season is providing insight into the terrible treatment Princess Diana received from the Royal Family—particularly Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles—when she joined it. (The Royal Family is reportedly not happy about the portrayal of Charles and Diana.) But you don’t have to wait long to see some of that awkward discomfort on-screen, or as a new meme remixed it, something extremely relatable.
Charles and Diana’s joint press conference to announce their engagement in February 1981 is available to watch on YouTube. Knowing what we do now, it’s easy to see just how uncomfortable they both are; they look like they’d rather be anywhere else. The third episode of season 4, “Fairytale,” faithfully recreates the outfits that the real Charles and Diana (played by Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin on The Crown) wore during that press conference. While some things differed in the dramatic depiction—mainly, Diana’s body language—it’s almost eerily spot-on.
Diana is shy and bashful throughout the interview, offering a polite smile at both Charles and the merciless cameras during much of the interview. Her expressions vary, almost as if she’s already conscious of how she’s already being perceived.
But when Wayne David, a part-time DJ based in London, watched the scene, he saw something in it: a reaction meme.
“In isolation it really made me laugh for some reason,” David told BuzzFeed.
Me trying to decide what to have for dinner pic.twitter.com/cy1CVrMaXk
— Wayne David (@WayneDavid81) November 16, 2020
And he’s far from the only one. David’s 17-second clip of Diana’s smile that edges on awkward and a bit creepy, clearly caught on as others made their own commentary on Diana’s smile.
Me waiting for your reaction after I say something funny but mean pic.twitter.com/Dvlt67Y8vi
— Jenna (@OffBrandHeels) November 18, 2020
me trying to make eye contact with the waiter so we can pay the bill pic.twitter.com/XIFkDf9hky
— joe (@jxeker) November 16, 2020
me on public transport thinking i’m the main character and everyone is interested in my mysterious past pic.twitter.com/ar8bdy95gQ
— shauntay (@shauntae_stay) November 16, 2020
Me trying to move objects by looking at them after watching Matilda pic.twitter.com/ndIxfVGQsF
— Todd (@ToddR_) November 17, 2020
me: “take a pic of me, but make it look candid”
also me: pic.twitter.com/Tqa61cbgBe
— bally singh (@putasinghonit) November 16, 2020
And Diana’s fidgeting is even more relatable in our new normal of work meetings as we become more aware of how we look on-camera.
Me on a Zoom call pretending I’m listening and not just looking at myself
— Hannah Tindle (@hannahtindle) November 16, 2020
Me on video calls pretending I know what people are talking about in meetings pic.twitter.com/eKjOgPvOq4
— Declan Cashin (@Tweet_Dec) November 16, 2020
For David, he’s just impressed with the variations that everyone came up with since his own.
Me creating a successful meme then watching everyone else tweet much funnier versions of it pic.twitter.com/cy1CVrMaXk
— Wayne David (@WayneDavid81) November 17, 2020
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