Here’s How The Crown Director Ensured Diana and Camilla’s Lunch Was as Awkward as Possible

The real-life rift between Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles has been the source of speculation for decades. Netflix’s The Crown puts their love triangle with Prince Charles at the center of season four as part of its fictionalized perception of the royal family, and there are few moments as uncomfortable as the tense lunch between the two women in episode three.

Although much of The Crown is fabricated, Camilla really did ask Diana to lunch after her engagement with Charles was official. Director Benjamin Caron wanted to ensure actresses Emma Corrin (Diana) and Emerald Fennell (Camilla) fully felt the stakes in the “Fairytale” episode, so he brought in O’Connor to help.

“We wanted to play around a little bit before we came to shoot,” Caron said in a Netflix video. “Unexpected to them, I brought Josh in. Even though he’s not actually in the scene, I had him sitting at the table in between both Emma and Emerald.”

The Crown S4. Picture shows: Camilla Parker Bowles (EMERALD FENNELL) and Diana Princess of Wales (EMMA CORRIN). Filming Location: Australia House, Aldwych

Caron’s direction was simple: “Only one of you can put your hand on his.” Since the scene starts with Fennell’s Camilla, she kept her hand on O’Connor’s the entire time which made Corrin “really uncomfortable.” This awkwardness helped establish Charles’s presence, even when O’Connor wasn’t physically there. “We were battling it out over him,” Corrin confirmed. Watch the video below, starting at 3:11 to hear the details directly from Caron and Corrin. Does this change how you see the scene?

Since You’ll Race Through Virgin River Season 2, Here’s Where We Stand on Season 3

If season one of Virgin River left you wanting more drama and romance, you’re in luck, because season two is back on Nov. 27. We know you’ll binge the Alexandra Breckenridge drama in a flash and are already wondering about season three, and while it seems likely to be renewed, it’s not totally certain yet. There are reports that the production of season three is under way, but Netflix hasn’t confirmed the show’s pickup, and given the rash of COVID-related cancellations of late, we’re still waiting on a solid confirmation.

VIRGIN RIVER - Alexandra Breckenridge as Melinda Monroe of VIRGIN RIVER - NETFLIX (c) 2020

If you haven’t hopped on the Virgin River bandwagon yet, now is the perfect time to do so. Based on the Virgin River novels by Robyn Carr, the show chronicles Melinda “Mel” Monroe’s (Breckenridge) move from bustling Los Angeles to the quaint town of Virgin River, located in suburban Northern California. Seeking to leave behind her traumatizing past in LA, Mel decides that Virgin River is the perfect setting for a new chapter of life.

She answers a run-of-the-mill ad for a nurse practitioner job, wanting nothing more than to be ordinary and to fade into the background of what she believes to be a simple small town. But almost as soon as Mel moves to Virgin River, her expectations are crushed, as she discovers that living there is more than she bargained for.

Netflix has remained tight-lipped about the details of the next season, but if the first one is anything to go by, the upcoming episodes will be equal parts thrilling and heartwarming. More importantly, it’ll address the can of worms that was opened in the season one finale, which will undoubtedly take two more than one season to resolve. In the meantime, there’ll be plenty of content to binge once the long-awaited second season finally comes out.

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