The TV show The Crown had a fan in the form of Queen Elizabeth II.
Matt Smith, who played young Prince Philip on the hit Netflix series, revealed in a new interview that Her Majesty watched the royal drama.
“I met the current King Charles, I told him that he had amazing shoes … and then I met Harry one day playing polo,” the 39-year-old actor said during an appearance on Today show this week New York Post reports.
“He came up to me and said, ‘Grandpa’ because he was watching the show,” he added. “I heard the Queen watched it, yes, and apparently she watched it on a projector on Sunday night.”
Although the monarch, who died at the age of 96 last week and currently lies before her funeral on Monday, allegedly watched the show, her late husband was not such a fan.
“I know Philip is definitely not [watch]’ Smith said of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April 2021, shortly before his 100th birthday.
“My friend was sitting next to him in [a] supper one time and he asked him. Actually, I think Philip asked my friend if he did Crown“, he shared.
“My friend couldn’t resist. Toward the end of the meal he said, “Philip, I must ask, have you watched Crown? As well as [Philip] apparently turned to him [and said]”Don’t be funny.”
Smith previously revealed that he once also dated Prince William, who gave him some acting advice.
“I met [William] very briefly in the polo line-up,” he said during a speech at The Graham Norton Show in 2016. “The lady who made up the cast said, ‘This is Matt and he’s going to play Prince Philip.’ And then she said, “Do you have any advice for him?”
Dragon House The star continued, “And then I thought, ‘God, I’m going to die.’ All [William] said: “Legend. He is a true legend.”
Meanwhile, Prince Harry admitted to watching a few episodes.
“They don’t pretend to be news. This is fiction, ”said the 37-year-old Duke of Sussex during his speech on The Late Late Show with James Corden in February.
“But this is weakly based on truth. Of course, this is not entirely accurate. … It gives you a rough idea of what the lifestyle is like, the pressure to place duty and service over family and everything else that can come of it.”
Harry continued, “I’m much more comfortable with Crown than I see stories written about my family or my wife [Meghan Markle] or me, because that’s the difference between [The Crown] it’s clearly fiction, if you will, but it’s being reported as fact because you’re supposed to be news. I have a big problem with that.”
Crown suspended production of the show’s sixth season shortly after the Queen’s death out of respect for the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
“Crown this is a love letter to her, and I have nothing to add yet, only silence and respect,” said creator Peter Morgan. Term in a statement last week. “I expect us to stop filming too, out of respect.”
The upcoming season will Harry Potter alum Imelda Staunton as the late Queen, succeeding previous actresses Claire Foy and Olivia Colman who had portrayed her in earlier seasons.
This article originally appeared in New York Post and reproduced here with permission