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The Crown’s Josh O’Connor doesn’t think he could do a good Prince Charles impression – despite playing him on-screen

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The Crown S4. Picture shows: Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN) and Prince Charles (JOSH O CONNOR). Filming Location: Burghley House
Josh O’Connor has said he’d do a rubbish impression of Prince Charles (Picture: Netflix)

The Crown’s Prince Charles, Josh O’Connor, has said that doesn’t know much about the man he plays – and couldn’t do a great impression of him.

The Crown is coming back next month for its fourth season and will introduce Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher, while Emma Corrin will be playing Princess Diana.

With that comes a bigger focus on Prince Charles, played by O’Connor.

O’Connor, who is currently filming Mothering Sunday alongside Olivia Colman and Colin Firth, spoke at a virtual Esquire event about his role in the Crown.

As it turns out, the actor doesn’t know much about the real-life version of the man he portrays.

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‘I really avoided the person Prince Charles, so firstly I didn’t know an awful lot about him. I don’t follow the Royal Family,’ he told designer Jonathan Anderson at the virtual Esquire Townhouse event with Breitling.

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Josh O’Connor plays the Prince of Wales in the Crown. (Picture: Empics)

O’Connor is a self-stated British Rebulican, and not a supporter of the monarchy.

He also said he doesn’t think he’d even do a great impression of Prince Charles if asked to do one.

He explained: ‘I’d be rubbish at trying to do an impression of Charles where everyone goes, “That’s exactly him”.’

Speaking on the acting process, O’Connor shed some light on how this might work saying: ‘Sometimes it’s helpful to bring your own lived-in experience into a role. Sometimes it’s even more exciting to create something from the beginning’

In an example, O’ Connor used the tragedy his character in Mothering Sunday goes through, despite not having gone through something similar, explaining: ‘You create this narrative completely unique to you and no one will ever see it because it’s private.’

Despite not knowing everything about the man, O’Connor’s portrayal of the Prince of Wales was well regarded in season three of The Crown.

With one of the key stories of the upcoming show being around his marriage to Diana, viewers are bound to get even more time with the character and actor to judge how the approach comes off.

The Crown season 4 lands on Netflix on November 15.

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