Matt Smith Reveals Which Royals He Thinks He Watched ‘The Crown’


Fans of ‘The Crown’ have long wondered if the British Royal Family have ever watched the popular Netflix series based on their story and life. While Matt Smith, who played a young Prince Philip in the show’s first two seasons, doesn’t have all the answers, this week he revealed what he knows about their viewing habits.

The actor appeared on NBC’s “Today” Thursday, where he shared a story about meeting Prince Harry.

Matt Smith, who played a young Prince Philip in “The Crown.”

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“He walked up to me and said ‘grandpa’,” Smith said, mimicking Harry holding out his hand – a reference to the actor’s role as Philip.

“He had watched the show! said Smith. “Well, I mean I can’t pretend to know if he’s currently watching it, but he had been watching a bit at the time.” This anecdote prompted host Savannah Guthrie to ask for the “scoop” on whether other members of the royal family had seen it.

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

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

While Smith didn’t reveal where he got his information, other reports also said Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week at 96, watched “The Crown.” UK outlet British Heritage Travel quoted a royal ‘insider’ as saying the Queen had watched the series but added that she had found some of it ‘heavily dramatized’. Vanessa Kirby, who played a young Princess Margaret, also said she heard from the Vine that the Queen liked the show.

Smith had a different story to tell when it came to the late Prince Philip.

‘I know Philip definitely didn’t,’ Smith said, adding that a friend attended a dinner with the royals and ‘couldn’t resist’ asking if he had. look at.

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

‘The Crown’ announced last week that it would suspend filming following the Queen’s death.


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