The Crown's Prince Charles actor reveals 'most awful moment of abuse' to film in 'painful' Diana scenes
The Crown's Prince Charles Josh O’Connor has opened up about how hard it was to film his character's "abuse" towards Princess Diana.
The 30-year-old actor returns as the heir to the throne for season four of the hit Netflix series, which is released on Sunday.
Josh has played the Prince of Wales for two years, with the upcoming season revolving around Charles meeting Diana (Emma Corrin) and their tumultuous relationship.
The fourth season will show how Charles and Diana's relationship started as a fairytale but quickly descended into trouble as it was clear the prince still loved his former flame, Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Charles and Diana married in July 1981 but their union broke down rather quickly as Diana's popularity soared and Charles became resentful, coupled with their 13-year age gap and their different approaches to situations.
Throughout the new season, the couple's arguments will become more frequent and intense, to the point where it became "painful" for Josh to portray.
“Charles confronts her and basically lets out all the feelings that he’s felt for the whole series," Josh told The Express.
“I think there is a line where he says, ‘I refuse any longer to be blamed for this grotesque misalliance.’”
The young actor said he felt bad for co-star Emma who was on the receiving end of the abuse.
“It’s so painful,” Josh said.
“It’s the most awful scene to play. Poor Emma, sort of stands there taking this abuse.
“I found that really tricky because on a personal level there’s nothing angry or aggressive or violent about me so that’s always unnatural.”
After playing the prince for two years, Josh also revealed how much of Charles had seeped into his other projects, and even everyday life.
“I have sort of lived with Charles for two years now and I guess it gets in your bones,” he explained.
“I think the hardest thing is going to other projects and it sounding like Charles! There was a moment where we were filming quite near my family home and I showed up at my parents and they made a comment that my posture was quite bad, and I caught myself in the window.
“There are a couple of basic things that I would stop and check in on and one was, the arch over neck pointed out."
Josh added: “I started pushing that a bit further, the more weight is pushed on Charles, the more aggrieved he feels, the older he gets and more arched over his back gets, the more the lack of confidence comes through in his physicality.
“I’ve never been hugely interested in playing Charles in reality or doing an impersonation, the thing that is more interesting for me is taking what Peter has created, I wanted to start to see Charles, turning into Phillip.
“And that’s not like he is like that in reality but I think in this story it felt like it.”
As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor), who is still unmarried at 30.
As the nation begins to feel the impact of divisive policies introduced by Britain's first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (Gillian Anderson), tensions arise between her and the Queen which only grow worse as Thatcher leads the country into the Falklands War, generating conflict within the Commonwealth.
While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) provides a much-needed fairy tale to unite the British people, behind closed doors, the Royal Family is becoming increasingly divided.
Season four of The Crown premieres on Netflix on Sunday, November 15.
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