The royal seal of approval: Josh O’Connor ‘delighted’ that Prince Harry watches The Crown

Josh O’Connor said on Sunday he was ‘delighted’ Prince Harry watches the Netflix drama


Last week, the Duke of Sussex joined his friend and fellow Brit in a special segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Airing just over a week before Prince Harry and Meghan’s tell-all Oprah Winfrey interview, the lighthearted appearance featured the Duke and Corden chatting about The Crown. Now, with the hit Netflix historical drama having just won big at the 2021 Golden Globes, one of its stars, Josh O’Connor, has responded that he’s ‘delighted’ to learn Harry endorses the series.

In the special segment aired on 25 February, Corden and Harry enjoy a wide-ranging conversation while on an open-air bus tour in LA. When asked by the actor, comedian and talk show host about The Crown, Harry responds: ‘I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family, or my wife, or myself. Because it’s the difference between: That [The Crown] is obviously fiction… But this [the press] is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news.’

Prince Harry on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Youtube: The Late Late Show with James Corden

Interestingly his comments run opposite to the view levelled by critics of The Crown, with the Duke stating that he in fact thinks it’s obvious that the show is ‘fictional’ and is only ‘loosely based on the truth’. It’s an opinion that clearly endears him to Golden Globe winner Josh O’Connor, who plays Harry’s father, Prince Charles, as the actor has himself previously hit back at what he dubbed Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden’s ‘outrageous’ call for episodes to open with a historical disclaimer.

Speaking to ET’s Kevin Frazier following his victory in the Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama category at Golden Globes on Sunday (for which he tuned in remotely on account of the pandemic) O’Connor stated: ‘I’m delighted. I’m delighted that he watches it… I think anyone who watches it is a great… you know, that’s what we’re there for.’

In another moment from the James Corden segment, the host also asked Harry who he would like to play him in The Crown. After a little initial confusion – ‘Daniel Lewis,’ suggested Harry, to which Corden replied, ‘Damian Lewis?’ – Corden dubbed Lewis ‘a great shout’ adding: ‘I think Damian Lewis as you, and me as William – that’s casting.’ Harry wryly replied: ‘It’s not great casting, but it is casting.’

O’Connor, meanwhile, was on board with the Prince’s choice, commenting: ‘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.’

The Crown‘s Josh O’Connor accepting his Golden Globe award for his portrayal of Prince Charles

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The Crown was among the stand-out shows that won big at the Golden Globes over the weekend, with O’Connor by no means the only one triumphing in his category. His co-star, Emma Corrin, who plays the late Diana, Princess of Wales in Season 4, won Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama; while Gillian Anderson won Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for her performance as Margaret Thatcher. The programme as a whole also won the Best Television Series – Drama award.

O’Connor told ET: ‘It’s particularly surreal because it’s… like 3.30 am in the UK and I’ve been drinking coffee all night… it’s the most incredible moment of my career. I really never dreamt I’d be in this position and so it means the world. And particularly in this kind of difficult time, it’s great to have been recognised and for the whole show to have been recognised.’

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