Actor Matt Smith said, “The Queen often watches episodes of The Crown through the projector on Sunday nights.
The British actor, who plays the young version of the Duke of Edinburgh in the popular royal drama, has said he wants to return to the UK to experience the monarch’s national mourning “ritual” – scheduled will be held on Monday.
Smith starred opposite Claire Foy for the first two seasons of the show, which also featured John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.
It has long been speculated as to whether any members of the royal family have seen the hit series, or their opinions on it.
Speaking to NBC’s Today Show, Smith said: “I heard the Queen watched it, and obviously she used to watch it on the projector on Sunday nights.
“I know that Philip definitely doesn’t.
“A friend of mine was sitting next to him at a dinner one time and he asked him… apparently he turned to ‘him and said ‘don’t be ridiculous’.”
Smith revealed his desire to return to the UK for the funeral on Monday, saying: “I think it’s part of history.
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“I think I just want to be in London. I want to experience it, I want to really share in the ceremony about it.”
He added that while his mother wanted to come to witness the procession, he would most likely watch the service “in a local pub with a group of friends”.
It comes after Foy spoke of the honor of playing the Queen on screen, describing the late king as a “huge symbol of continuity, dignity and grace”.
Speaking to the BBC at the Toronto Film Festival, she said: “I think she’s an incredible king.
“She brought people together and she was a great symbol of continuity, dignity and grace.”
Netflix also recently revealed that the first series broke into the global top 10 streamers for the week of September 5-11 following the Queen’s death.
The series landed at number seven for TV shows in English, with nearly 17.6 million hours watched globally.
The weekly post said: “HRH Queen Elizabeth II has been in the hearts and minds of viewers.”
“Fans re-watched Season 1 of The Crown, which entered the list at number seven for the first time with 17.57 million hours watched.”
Filming on the latest series of The Crown was halted following the Queen’s death last Thursday, and filming will also be halted on Monday because of the Queen’s funeral.
The upcoming fifth series of the lavish royal drama, which will now air in November, will star Dominic West as Charles and Elizabeth Debicki as Diana, Princess of Wales.
The Crown was scheduled to end after the fifth series, but the show’s creator and writer Peter Morgan later said it would be extended to include a sixth season.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/queen-used-to-watch-the-crown-on-a-projector-on-sunday-nights-says-matt-smith-41993528.html The Queen used to watch The Crown on a projector on Sunday nights, says Matt Smith