Josh O’Connor has discussed his departure from The Crown and given a pretty strong hint about who is set to replace him in the role of Prince Charles.

In the last two series of The Crown, Josh O’Connor managed to capture the likeness of Prince Charles in a gripping performance. However, as the series moves forward in time, O’Connor will be standing down to give way for an older actor.

Speaking to GQ, the actor discussed their role, the royal family and who may be his successor.

What did O’Connor say?

O’Connor began by discussing how he felt playing the role of Prince Charles:

“I’ve been asked about it in the past and I’ve said it’s brilliant I don’t have to play him anymore, which sometimes implies I didn’t enjoy it, and I absolutely loved it.”

“But the reason I wanted to be an actor is to play different people.”

The actor went on to talk about the future:

“Playing that character has brought me a lot of joy. But it’s lovely to come away and go, ‘Great. Now hand it over to Dominic West”

For many, this statement, alongside reports of West’s inclusion in the series will confirm the appearance of the actor.

O’Connor on the royal family

Given the added attention that the monarchy has attracted in recent weeks, O’Connor also discussed the family. It seems that the actor was not keen to talk about the situation between Meghan Markle and the royal family. Instead, O’Connor clarified their position on the monarchy.

When asked about whether they watched the recent interview with Prince Harry and Megan Markle, O’Connor said:

“I definitely didn’t!’ he said. ‘But everyone else did! I feel so… Actually I don’t feel that bad about it, to be honest. My feeling on it is as it was before I did The Crown.”

“I think I find it really hard pinning the real royal family to The Crown. They feel so far removed. And basically, I had no interest in the royal family before I did The Crown. And I have very little interest now!”

It seems that the actor is one of the few who have managed to avoid reading the story. Nonetheless, it may make it easier to portray the monarchy without becoming too emotionally invested.

What to expect next season

The next season of The Crown will focus on the demise of the relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Dianna. With this in mind, Dominic West will likely play a large part in the upcoming series.

Season 5 also promises to shed light on Prince Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

Season 5 of The Crown is expected to be released on Netflix later this year.

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