THE Crown’s Josh O’Connor was left ‘fearful’ he was ‘playing the villain and on the back foot’ in Netflix’s season four.
The actor returns as Prince Charles for the hit period drama’s fourth season, where the future King’s relationships with Camilla Parker Bowles and Princess Diana are put under the spotlight.
Josh O’Connor was worried he would be the ‘villain’ of The Crown season fourCredit: AP:Associated Press
Discussing the infamous love triangle, Josh told Radio Times: “I was fearful that I was going to be on the back foot in this series.
“We’re introducing Diana, an iconic character that people love. That’s slightly tricky territory.”
Charles and Diana became engaged in February 1981 and married at St. Paul’s cathedral in the July with the eyes of the world on them.
However, the media interest coupled with Charles’ feelings for former flame Camilla lead to the breakdown of their marriage and they eventually separated in 1992.
Season four features his relationship and marriage to Princess Diana Credit: AP:Associated Press
Charles’ relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles is also a factor Credit: PA:Press Association
Josh is glad viewers felt sympathy for Charles in season three and hope that will carry forward into season four Credit: PA:Press Association
Josh continued: “It’s the most famous breakdown of a marriage in history, and a lot of the accounts are from Diana’s side. I was keen not to play a villain.
“But what I’m pleased about is that in the last series people felt an affection for Charles, and a sympathy, and that was a really important foundation for telling this story.”
Josh, 30, recently admitted he hadn’t known all the details about Charles’ relationships with Camilla and Diana when he took on the role in season three.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show last week, the host asked if he thought the Royal marriage was strange.
Charles and Diana’s relationship and split was headline newsCredit: AP:Associated Press
Josh speaks to this week’s Radio Times about the show
He replied: “Yes, sort of. I kind of went into it not knowing anything.
“Ultimately with many of those public marriages there are biased accounts, and you can never really get to the truth – that’s quite helpful because we are working in fiction.”
Season four of The Crown premieres on Sunday, November 15. Read more of his interview in this weeks Radio Times.
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