By Sebastian Shakespeare for the Daily Mail
Tracing the life of the Queen from her wedding in 1947 to the present day was always going to be a daunting challenge for the makers of TV drama The Crown, but its leading lady had another complication.
Claire Foy – who plays Her Majesty – had to fit her filming commitments around her own baby’s feeding schedule.
‘Claire was breastfeeding, her chaperones were constantly rushing off to bring bottles to supplement her, and the whole schedule was shot around her timing for the breast feeding,’ says animal trainer Luke Cornell, who worked on scenes in South Africa. ‘It was crazy.’
In the drama, which begins on Netflix this autumn, South Africa doubles as Kenya, where the young Princess Elizabeth was staying with Prince Philip when she learnt that her father had died.
Cornell adds: ‘I used two of my cheetahs with Claire, about 25 metres from her, and she was really terrified, but I constantly assured her it’s not dangerous.’