Emma Corrin reveals she was hospitalised during filming of The Crown's latest series

Emma Corrin has opened up about the scene in The Crown season 4 that lead to this

Prince Charles and Princess Diana in Season 4 of The Crown
Emma Corrin as Princess Diana and Josh O'Connor as Prince Charles in The Crown season 4
(Image credit: Netflix)

Emma Corrin has effortlessly portrayed the elegance and warmth of Princess Diana on Netflix’s The Crown since joining the cast in season 4. Following the premiere of this latest series last week, her performance has been met with praise by many. 

However it seems that it wasn’t all plain sailing. The show’s star has now revealed that shooting one particular scene required her to be hospitalised during filming. 

What scene in The Crown Season 4 caused this?

Recently speaking to Glamour UK, Emma explained that she spent two months filming season 4 on location in Spain. Whilst she enjoyed the majority of the trip and experience, there was one day towards the end of filming which caused alarm.

Emma and Josh O’Connor who plays Prince Charles were recreating Charles and Diana’s tour of Australia in 1983. The actress spoke of how she was asthmatic and had “been ill for a while with a bad cough”. 

She has now revealed that she “had to film a scene in a “freezing cold swimming pool”. In the scene she was swimming with the young actors playing William and Harry. “It was honestly the hardest scene to film,” the actress recalled.

Not only was she keeping herself afloat, treading water, but she was “also keeping five-year-old ‘Harry’ alive” after they found out he couldn’t swim.

How did this scene affect Emma Corrin?

After the scene was over, Emma was taken to hospital. Expecting to pick up some antibiotics, she was then given an oxygen test. The doctors reportedly told her, “We cannot let you go because your oxygen levels are so low.” 

Following their assessment, Emma was then hospitalised. The actress went on to discuss how the hospital staff were eager to help preserve her anonymity.

Emma said she remembered, “the nurses figuring out what I was filming and said, ‘Would you like us to put a cardboard box over your head so no one recognises you?’”

When can you watch this scene in The Crown Season 4?

Thankfully Emma is now very much recovered, though the story behind this scene is no less dramatic. 

Fans of The Crown can watch the on-screen drama unfold in Season 4 which premiered on Netflix on Sunday 15 November.  

Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Royal Editor with eight years experience working in digital publishing. Her specialist areas include the British Royal Family, ranging from protocol to outfits. Alongside putting her royal knowledge to good use , Emma knows all there is to know about the latest TV shows on the BBC, ITV and more. When she’s not writing about the next unmissable show to add to your to-watch list or delving into royal protocol, Emma enjoys cooking, long walks and watching yet more crime dramas!