‘The Crown’ Star Matt Smith: Queen Elizabeth Watched Show on Projector, Harry Called Me ‘Granddad’

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Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip in the first two seasons of The Crown, has revealed that Queen Elizabeth did watch the show—but not on a regular TV. “I heard the queen had watched it, she used to watch it on a projector on a Sunday night apparently,” Smith, speaking to NBC’s Today show Thursday, said.

Philip “definitely didn’t” watch the hit Netflix show, mith added. Philip asked a friend of Smith’s at dinner if he worked on the show, and when the friend asked Philip if he watched The Crown, Philip allegedly replied “Don’t be ridiculous.” Smith said he had once met King Charles, telling the now-monarch how “fabulous” his red, brogue-looking shoes were. Smith also said he had met Prince Harry at a polo match. “He walked up to me, and he went ‘Granddad,’” Smith said, motioning the words were accompanied by a handshake. “He watched the show. I can’t claim to know that he watches it currently, but he watched a bit of it,” Smith said of Harry.

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