Josh O'Connor from The Crown on whether Prince Charles is a villain

Dusty Baxter-Wright
·3-min read
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Photo credit: Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

Much like everyone else with a Netflix subscription, our weekend was spent binge-watching The Crown, before Googling all of our thoughts and questions about the fourth instalment of the Netflix original.

Did Diana and Camilla Parker-Bowles actually go for lunch? Why doesn't the show feature tampon-gate? What does actor Josh O'Connor really think of Prince Charles and his antics?

The series is based on the real life events of the royal family between the years of 1979 and 1990. Much of it focusses on Prince Charles and Princess Diana's engagement and wedding, Diana's battle will bulimia and Camilla's involvement in the marriage breaking down.

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Photo credit: Netflix

With Charles contributing largely to Diana's unhappiness, many viewers have slammed the Royal on Twitter. But what does 30-year-old Josh, who plays Charles in The Crown, think? "My job is to resist [thinking he's a villain] in some ways," the actor told Entertainment Weekly.

"My dad was an English teacher and I grew up learning Shakespeare through him. One of the things that he used to say about all Shakespeare's villains was that, whether it's Richard III or Iago, they don't believe themselves to be villains. They believe that what they are doing, their life's work, is for the greater good and it makes sense to them.

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Photo credit: Netflix

"So, just as with the Shakespeare villains, I didn't want to play the character of Charles as a villain. I don't think he is. I think he is someone who is very lost, as we see in season three. He's the same person as in season three."

He added: "He needs something from Diana that she can't offer him, just as she needs from him something that he can't offer her. So, it's a tragedy really. Yeah, I was really conscious not to play the ending as it were."

Fair play - sounds like the actor really knew what he was doing with the role.

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Photo credit: Getty Images

Speaking of working with newcomer Emma Corrin, who plays Diana, Josh added, "I loved working with Emma. Obviously, she's new on the scene and what a brilliant entrance into the television industry.

"She's a brilliant star. She's very hard-working and just lovely. We're great friends. When I first met her, the first thing I said to my friends was, 'She looks exactly like Diana'. It's as if she was born to play this role, there's an air of Diana that just radiates [from] her and [is] at times spooky. So, yeah I loved working with Emma and can't wait to see what she does next."

Ahh it's just so good. Are we allowed to go back and start The Crown from the beginning now?

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