The Crown’s Josh O’Connor says he is ‘delighted’ Prince Harry watches the Netflix drama after the royal defended the show’s depiction of his family
The Crown’s Josh O’Connor has said he is ‘delighted’ that Prince Harry has watched the regal drama.
Speaking with James Corden in an interview on Friday, the Duke of Sussex, 36, said The Crown is ‘fictional’ but is ‘loosely based on the truth’ and captures the feeling of being expected to put ‘duty and service above family and everything else’.
Speaking with ET Online on Sunday ahead of the Golden Globes, the actor, 30, who plays his father Prince Charles, said in response: ‘I’m delighted. I’m delighted that he watches it.
Proud: The Crown’s Josh O’Connor said on Sunday he was ‘delighted’ Prince Harry watches the Netflix drama after the royal defended the show’s depiction of his family
‘I think anyone who watches it is a great… you know, that’s what we’re there for.’
Josh also reflected on Prince Harry’s claim that he’d love Damian Lewis to portray him in the show, and detailed: ‘Oh, I love Damian Lewis, he’s great! I think the great thing about The Crown is we put together great casts.
‘I’m so excited for the next season and everyone who’s involved in that, and I’m sure that if it comes to Damian Lewis, it’ll probably be a pretty good bit of casting.’
In his interview Prince Harry showed his loyalty to Netflix, with whom he has a multi-million pound contract, and defended The Crown, despite the show facing widespread criticism over its ‘twisted’ depiction of the Royal Family.
Support: Speaking with James Corden on Friday the Duke of Sussex said the show captures the feeling of being expected to put ‘duty and service above family and everything else’
Speaking with Corden, the Duke of Sussex gave his seal of approval to The Crown, which portrays his father Prince Charles as callous and self-serving and his grandmother the Queen as cold.
The fourth series of The Crown which premiered last November, showed Charles meeting and marrying an innocent Diana while maintaining his affair with the then-married Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Scenes showing Diana gorging on food before vomiting into a toilet are so graphic that they carry on-screen warnings.
Harry added he would like Homeland actor Lewis to play him if his character ever appears on the show as an adult.
Grateful: Josh, who plays his father Prince Charles (pictured), said in response: ‘I’m delighted. I’m delighted that he watches it’
‘They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional,’ Prince Harry said of The Crown. ‘But it’s loosely based on the truth.
‘Of course it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely it gives you a rough idea of that lifestyle and the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else and what can come from that.
‘I’m way more comfortable about The Crown than the stories I see written about my family, my wife or myself.
Opinion: Speaking with Corden, Prince Harry gave his seal of approval to the Netflix show, and said: ‘Of course it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely gives you a rough idea of that lifestyle’
‘Because it’s the difference between that’s [the fact] obviously fiction, take it how you will – but this is reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news.’
Josh’s co-star Emma Corrin later opened up to Extra’s Rachel Lindsay about her reaction to Prince Harry’s interview, where he revealed he watches the show.
Emma said of Prince Harry’s comments, ‘That really moved me in a way that I wasn’t really expecting.’
She continued, ‘When we’re making a show, we’re researching a show, on the one hand obviously we’re dealing with real people whose lives inform the characters that we then form.
‘But on the other hand it’s intensely fictional, so actually when you’re doing a job it doesn’t find it so far removed from the real person and the people who are still alive.
‘It’s not something I ever felt I needed him to address or needed anyone to address, but actually hearing him say it, I’m glad that he enjoyed it, I feel moved and grateful for those words.’
Thoughts: Josh’s co-star Emma Corrin (pictured as Princess Diana) also gave her thoughts on Prince Harry’s comments, saying he ‘really moved me in a way that I wasn’t really expecting’
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