The real divide between Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles has been the source of speculation for decades. Netflix The crown puts her love triangle with Prince Charles at the center of season four as part of his fictional perception of the royal family, and there are few moments as uncomfortable as the tense lunch between the two women in episode three. It turned out there was a behind-the-scenes strategy that made the on-screen meetup so awkward – and which included actor Josh O'Connor.
Although a lot of The crown Camilla really asked Diana for lunch after her engagement to Charles was official. Director Benjamin Caron wanted to make sure actresses Emma Corrin (Diana) and Emerald Fennell (Camilla) felt the commitment in the "Fairytale" episode and brought in O'Connor to help. "We wanted to play around a bit before we got to film," Caron said in a Netflix video. "Unexpectedly for her, I brought Josh in. Even though he's not really in the scene, I had him at the table between Emma and Emerald."
Caron's instruction was simple: "Only one of you can put his hand on his." Since the scene starts with Fennell's Camilla, she kept her hand on O'Connors the entire time, which made Corrin "really uncomfortable". This awkwardness helped establish Charles' presence even when O'Connor was not physically there. "We fought over him," Corrin confirmed. Watch the video below from 3:11 am to hear the details directly from Caron and Corrin. Does this change how you see the scene?