Fans of “The Crown” have long wondered if the British royal family ever watched the hit Netflix series based on their history and lives. 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” on Thursday, where he shared a story about meeting Prince Harry.
“He went up to me and he went, ‘Grandpa,'” Smith said, mimicking Harry holding out his hand — a reference to the actor’s role as Philip.
“He’d seen the show!” said Smith. “Well, I mean, I can’t claim to know if he’s watching it right now, but he kind of watched it back then.” This anecdote led host Savannah Guthrie to ask if other members of the royal family had seen it.
“I heard the Queen had looked at it,” Smith said. “And she watched it on a projector one Sunday night.”
While Smith did not disclose where he got his information, other reports have also said that Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week at age 96, was watching “The Crown.” British outlet British Heritage Travel quoted a royal “insider” as saying the Queen had watched the series, but added that she found some of it “heavily dramatized”. Vanessa Kirby, who played a young Princess Margaret, also said she learned through the vine that the Queen liked the show.
Smith had a different story to tell about the late Prince Philip.
“I know Philip definitely didn’t,” Smith said, adding that a friend had attended a dinner with the royal family and “couldn’t resist” asking if he was watching it.
Philip then replied, “Don’t be ridiculous,” said Smith.
“The Crown” announced last week that filming would pause after the Queen’s death.