Updated December 26th, 2023 at 23:02 IST
The Crown star Jonathan Pryce recalls his awkward encounter with Princess Anne
Actor Jonathan Pryce shares an amusingly 'awkward' moment with Princess Anne, reflecting on a royal encounter linked to his role in The Crown.
The Crown has been acclaimed by critics and viewers, yet it faces scrutiny for its portrayal of the Royal Family, considered by some as a dramatized interpretation of historical events. Dame Judi Dench has cautioned audiences against mistaking the show for factual history, adding to the ongoing debate. The curiosity surrounding the series includes whether members of the royal family have watched it.
Jonathan Pryce's encounter with Princess Anne
Actor Jonathan Pryce, known for his portrayal of Prince Philip in the series, confirmed that the royal family does indeed watch The Crown. During a meeting with Princess Anne, after being knighted at Windsor, Pryce experienced a moment of uncertainty when he felt compelled to apologize to the Princess. His attempt at an apology led to an ambiguous response from Princess Anne, leaving Pryce in an amusing yet uncertain situation.
He recounted the incident, saying, "I stood up and I said, thinking she was thinking, you know, I said, ‘Oh, I don’t know what to say to you…um…sorry?’ And she said, ‘Why? It’s done now.’" Pryce was left pondering whether the apology referred to his presence at the event or his portrayal of her father in the series.
Royal accolades and show recognition
Before his association with The Crown, Jonathan Pryce had encountered several members of the royal family. His background includes receiving a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2009 and being knighted by Princess Anne in 2021. Pryce isn’t the only cast member to have received royal honors; his co-stars Imelda Staunton and Lesley Manville also attained CBEs before joining the show.
What is the Royal Family's review of the show?
Reports suggest that Queen Camilla Bowles and King Charles have watched The Crown. However, Charles stopped viewing it around Season 4 when the story reached closer to his personal life. Rumors surfaced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle expressed a wish for the show to conclude before delving into their love story within the series. These speculations add a layer of intrigue surrounding the royals' engagement with the show and their preferences regarding its portrayal of historical events.
This multilayered narrative surrounding The Crown underscores its impact on both audiences and members of the Royal Family, provoking ongoing discussions about its depiction of history and its reception among its subjects.
Published December 26th, 2023 at 23:02 IST
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