The Queen apparently has strong opinions about The Crown

And will she be tuning in for season five?

And will she be tuning in for season five?

We’ve been obsessed with The Crown since it came to our screens, and with the highly anticipated fifth season not too far away, we’re re-watching all the old episodes to make sure we’re up to date.

While the show boasts a band of loyal followers, there is someone that everyone wants to be a regular viewer - the Queen - the focus of the TV series.

According to the cast of The Crown, while some royals have seen the TV show, they are not all fans.

Matt Smith broke the news in a past interview with The Observer that Prince Philip was not a fan ahead of The Crown season two’s release.

Describing him as ‘a bit of a cool cat’, Matt recalled how a close friend who was prominent in the film industry was at a dinner with the royals when Prince Philip asked him, ‘What do you do? Are you involved in this Crown thing?’

At the end of the meal the friend in question supposedly asked, ‘Philip, I’m just wondering, because I have some friends who made The Crown, have you watched any?’ To which the Duke of Edinburgh is rumoured to have stopped, glowered and replied, ‘Don’t be ridiculous.’

This hasn’t fazed Matt Smith, with the actor explaining, ‘Whether it’s true or not, I don’t know, but I just think he’s a bit of a cool cat.’

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The Queen on the other hand has reportedly watched The Crown on Netflix and ‘loves it’, giving it the royal stamp of approval.

‘Edward and Sophie love The Crown,’ a senior royal source has explained of the Earl and Countess of Wessex. ‘It has been a longstanding arrangement that they drive to Windsor at the weekend to join the Queen for an informal supper while watching TV or a film. They have a Netflix account and urged her to watch it with them.’

The source continued: ‘Happily, she really liked it, although obviously there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatised.’

We wonder if she will be tuning in for season five!

Jenny Proudfoot
Features Editor

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