Prince Charles ‘must have’ loved Diana -insight into relationship from star of The Crown


THE CROWN star Josh O’Connor believes Prince Charles “must have” loved Princess Diana.

The tragic relationship between Charles and Diana is set to feature in the fourth season of Netflix’s hit show with Mr O’Connor reprising his role as the heir apparent. Emma Corrin will star as the Princess of Wales.

Speaking to Screen International, Mr O’Connor admitted he loved seeking out the layers and richness to the ill-fated romance.

He said: “We all have a set position on the dynamic between Charles and Diana.

“It’s been great to have the ability to either fight against that or, at times, acknowledge it and also to challenge any question of, ‘Did he ever love her?’

“Personally I think he must have done.

Josh O'Connor plays Prince Charles in The Crown

Josh O’Connor plays Prince Charles in The Crown (Image: Getty)

Prince Charles and Diana's wedding

Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding (Image: PA)

“There’s a wealth of layers and richness to Charles and Diana, and I loved seeking that out.”

Prince Charles and Diana got married in 1981 and had two children, Princes William and Prince Harry.

However, they separated in 1992 and after details of their marital difficulties were increasingly publicised, they divorced in 1996.

A year later, the Princess of Wales died in a car crash in Paris and her death was felt around the world.

Princess Diana made history during Aids crisis

Princess Diana made history during Aids crisis (Image: Getty)

Diana made history by becoming the first ever member of the Royal Family to touch someone who had Aids without wearing gloves.

She dedicated her life to her charity and her two sons have followed in her activism to keep her legacy alive.

In 2005, Prince Charles married his long-time partner Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

In the third season of the hit show, the relationship between Charles and Camilla was brought to life.

Royal marriage spans

Royal marriage spans (Image: Express)

Mr O’Connor believes the show has been a success because of the family dynamics.

He continued: “What’s so great about The Crown is that the dynamics at the heart of it are the dynamics of family.

“There’s no purpose to Charles’ life other than this idea of duty and power, but he can’t experience that until his mother dies.

“And he doesn’t want his mother to die.

Prince Charles

Prince Charles (Image: Getty)

“He can’t really enjoy his privilege. He is stripped of that freedom.”

The fourth season is set to air sometime this year after it managed to finish shooting before the coronavirus lockdown.

Olivia Colman will be back as Queen Elizabeth II alongside Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Erin Doherty as Princess Anne.

Imelda Staunton will take over the role of the Queen in the fifth season with Lesley Manville lined-up as Princess Margaret.

Princess Diana's funeral in 1997

Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 (Image: Getty)

The Crown has been internationally praised and the first two seasons – which starred Claire Foy and Matt Smith – secured 26 Primetime Emmy nominations.

It was also nominated for Best Drama TV series at the 77th Golden Globe Awards.

Ms Foy won Best Actress at the 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards.