Matt Smith Reveals Which Royal Family Members He Thinks Watched ‘The Crown’

Followers of “The Crown” have lengthy questioned whether or not the British royal household ever watched the favored Netflix collection based mostly on their historical past and lives. Whereas Matt Smith, who performed a younger Prince Philip within the present’s first two seasons, doesn’t have all of the solutions, this week he revealed what he is aware of about their viewing habits.

The actor appeared Thursday on NBC’s “Today,” the place he shared a narrative about assembly Prince Harry.

Matt Smith, who performed a younger Prince Philip on “The Crown.”

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“He went up to me and he went, ‘granddad,’” stated Smith, miming Harry extending his hand ― a reference to the actor’s position as Philip.

“He’d watched the show!” Smith stated. “Well, I mean I can’t claim to know if he watches it currently, but he’d watched a bit of it then.” This anecdote prompted host Savannah Guthrie to ask for the “inside scoop” on whether or not different royal members of the family had seen it.

“I heard the queen had watched it,” Smith stated. “And she used to watch it on a projector on a Sunday night.”

Queen Elizabeth II in 2021.
Queen Elizabeth II in 2021.

Although Smith didn’t disclose the place he acquired his info, different stories have additionally stated that Queen Elizabeth II, who died final week at 96, watched “The Crown.” The U.Ok. outlet British Heritage Journey cited a royal “insider” who stated that the queen watched the collection however added that she discovered a few of it “heavily dramatized.” Vanessa Kirby, who performed a younger Princess Margaret, additionally stated she heard by way of the grapevine that the queen favored the present.

Smith had a special story to inform when it got here to the late Prince Philip.

“I know that Philip definitely didn’t,” Smith stated, including {that a} buddy had attended a dinner with the royal and “couldn’t resist” asking if he watched it.

Philip then replied, “Don’t be ridiculous,” in response to Smith.

“The Crown” introduced final week that it will pause filming following the queen’s loss of life.