Matt Smith, who plays Prince Edward in The Crown, has said that Queen Elizabeth II enjoyed the popular Netflix series that chronicles the royal family's life.
Smith said during an interview with The Today Show in the United States (reported here via Metro), he had information that Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week aged 96, was a viewer of The Crown.
"I heard the Queen had seen it, and she used to watch it on a Sunday night apparently," Smith said in the same interview. However, Queen Elizabeth II did not watch the series, according to Prince Philip.
Smith said, confirming that Philip did not watch the Netflix program. A friend once asked Prince Philip at a dinner if he watched the program.
"My friend couldnt resist a few courses into the meal. By the end of the meal he was like, 'Philip, I have to ask, have you seen The Crown?'
"And apparently he turned round to him and said, 'Don't be ridiculous.'"
The Crown chronicles the lives of members of the Royal family, with each season focusing on a new drama. The first season began in 1952 when Queen Elizabeth II was coronated, and, most recently, season 4, chronicled the marriage difficulties of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.
Smith acted as Prince Philip against Queen Elizabeth II as played by Claire Foy in the first two seasons of the show. In seasons three and four, Tobias Menzies and Olivia Colman then played Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II.
Season five of The Crown will be released this November, with Imelda Staunton taking over the role of Queen Elizabeth II and Jonathan Pryce taking over the role of Prince Philip.
Prince Philip will be played by Pryce as the High Sparrow in the HBO epic, while Menzies played Edmure Tully. Similarly, original Prince Philip actor Smith currently plays Daemon Targaryen in House of the Dragon.
Season 5 of The Crown will premiere in November 2022, while seasons 1-4 are now available on Netflix. Seasons 1-3 are also available on DVD and Blu-ray.