Prince William gives ‘firm’ answer to Olivia Coleman’s question about The Crown


PRINCE WILLIAM is not a fan of the hit Netflix drama The Crown which portrays the Royal Family through the years, exploring the often turbulent times the monarchy has waded through.

The Duke of Cambridge told the show’s star Olivia Coleman that he does not follow the storyline when they met at a recent dinner. The Oscar-winning actress revealed his surprise response when she appeared on the Graham Norton Show on Friday alongside her co-star Helena Bonham Carter, 53, who plays Princess Margaret in the drama. Olivia, 45, said: “I met Prince William at a diner and he asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, ‘Actually, I know what you’re doing’.”

She continued: “I was so excited and asked, ‘Have you watched it?’

“His answer was a firm, ‘No.’ But he was very charming and very lovely.”

When asked how she prepared for the big role, Olivia admitted: “I did nothing, though I did have a movement coach but still I walked like me, or rather like a farmer!”

Olivia plays William’s grandmother in The Crown series 3, taking over from Claire Foy who portrayed Elizabeth II during her younger years.

Last month the leading actress met the Princess Royal at a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

Princess Anne chatted with the star after she was awarded her CBE for her services to drama.

It is not clear what the pair talked about as Olivia declined to comment to reporters as she left the palace.

In February she won an Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Anne in The Favourite.

Olivia met the Duchess of Cambridge at the BAFTA awards earlier this year.

Sitting next to her on the Graham Norton Show couch was Lady Anne Glenconner, the former lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret.

The 87-year-old is the wife of the late Colin Tennnant, the 3rd Baron Glenconner.

She had guests in stitches of laughter which her account of her Paris honeymoon which is mentioned in her new book, her autobiography, ‘Lady in Waiting: Me Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown’.

She recalled how she had fallen asleep on the first night of her honeymoon, much to the dismay of her new husband.

And Helena touched on the third series of The Crown, telling Graham Norton, “It really is fun.”

“We’ve been together for so long, but we still like each other,” she said of her strong bond with Olivia. 


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