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The Crown's Matt Smith Reveals What He Really Thinks of Prince Philip
FormerDoctor Whostar Matt Smith will return to television screens on Friday, when the highly-anticipated royal drama,The Crown, arrives on Netflix.
Smith stars alongside Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, as Prince Philip in the new 10-part series, which explores the challenges the young prince faces as he prepares to marry the future monarch.
Stepping inside the shoes of the Queen's husband can't have been an easy role to take on, but in an interview about his latest character, Smith has revealed how playing Philip has given him a newfound love for the royal family.
"Peel away the veil and the masks that they have and they just become very ordinary, interesting, open, emotional people," Smith said in an interview with theRadio Timesalongside his co-star Foy.
While Smith has enjoyed receiving comments on Philip's good looks, the actor said he has also grown to have a better understanding of the royal, who is famous for making inappropriate gaffes.
"What's interesting about him is that he has always spoken his mind and has never been afraid to say what he thinks and was certainly in the early days a bit of an outsider, a bit of a maverick," Smith explained. "And to a certain extent he still is. He has always been a forward thinker. He's always telling [the Queen], 'Let's think outside the box.'"
As for Smith's preparation for the role, he recently toldHello!that a one-off meeting with Prince William last year helped him out.
After the pair met at a charity polo match, Smith asked Philip's grandson "if he had any advice".
"He said, 'Just one word: legend.' And he's right, Philip was a bit of a rock star, really."
The Crownstarts on Netflix on Friday, November 4.
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