Why did Prince Charles say “whatever ‘in love’ means”? The Crown season 4 interview scene with Diana explained. What happened in real life?

The wait is over and fans are finally tucking into the highly anticipated fourth season of The Crown.

Created by Peter Morgan for Netflix, the series earned significant popularity when its first season premiered in November 2016.

Serving as a royal biopic, it began by chronicling the period from Elizabeth and Philip’s marriage in 1947 to the breakdown of Princess Margaret’s engagement to Group Captain Peter Townsend in 1955.

However, audiences have now reached 1977 and season 4 will chronicle up to 1990.

The likes of Gillian Anderson (she plays Margaret Thatcher) have come aboard and Emma Corrin’s portrayal of Princess Diana has already attracted praise.

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In fact, there’s a scene with Emma which has started a discussion…

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Prince Charles and Diana engagement interview

In an episode of The Crown season 4 there is a scene depicting a post-engagement interview with Diana and Prince Charles (played by Josh O’Connor).

The sequence sees a journalist say to the couple: “You both look very much in love.”

Diane replied with “oh, yes. Absolutely.” However, Charles responds with “whatever ‘in love’ means,” followed by silence, allowing the comment to hang.

As highlighted by Harper’s Bazaar, the Prince of Wales actually said the very same thing in the real interview. It wasn’t simply dialogue they made up, which may surprise some viewers.

So, what exactly happened in the interview and why did he say it?

Why did Prince Charles say “whatever ‘in love’ means”?

  • Prince Charles made the comment because he argued that to be “in love” is open to “your own interpretations”.

This is noted by Harper’s Bazaar, which points out that the real-life interview played out a little bit differently from what audiences saw in The Crown.

Rather than the comment lingering in silence, the previous source acknowledges that when asked the question Diana laughed after Charles made the comment and then he explained his reasoning for it, saying that the phrase is open to “your own interpretation”.

When the interviewer moved along and said that the pair looked like “two very happy people,” Charles agreed and Diana said, “as you can see.”

Diana addressed it later

Despite laughing somewhat in the real-life interview, the 2017 documentary Diana: In Her Own Words included that she later addressed Charles’ comment.

Harper’s Bazaar notes that she said in a personal recording with her voice coach:

“Charles turned around and said, ‘Whatever in love means,’ and that threw me completely. I thought, ‘What a strange question — uh, answer.’ God, absolutely traumatized me.”

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