Followers of “The Crown” have lengthy questioned whether or not the British royal household ever watched the favored Netflix collection primarily based 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 played a young Prince Philip on "The Crown."
Matt Smith, who performed a younger Prince Philip on “The Crown.”

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“He went as much as 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 present!” Smith stated. “Effectively, I imply I can’t declare to know if he watches it at present, however he’d watched a little 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 or he used to look at it on a projector on a Sunday night time.”

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

Although Smith didn’t disclose the place he bought his info, different studies have additionally stated that Queen Elizabeth II, who died final week at 96, watched “The Crown.” The U.Okay. outlet British Heritage Travel cited a royal “insider” who stated that the queen watched the collection however added that she discovered a few of it “closely 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 do know that Philip undoubtedly didn’t,” Smith stated, including {that a} pal had attended a dinner with the royal and “couldn’t resist” asking if he watched it.

Philip then replied, “Don’t be ridiculous,” in line with Smith.

“The Crown” announced last week that it might pause filming following the queen’s demise.

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