The latest season The Crown Netflix has just released the latest Netflix series, and the stars are already receiving praise for their portrayal British royalty. Dominic West, one of the stars, explained why he didn’t use his connection with a real-life monarch.
Harry and West Get Along ‘Pretty Well’
Prince Harry and West became close friends in 2013, when West, who played King Charles circa-1990. The pair both participated in Walking With the Wounded’s charity race through Antarctica, striking up a friendship.
West, however, said that Harry did not call him for any tips on his dad when he was preparing for his role. The Crown. “I didn’t think it was appropriate,” He said Entertainment Tonight while attending the show’s red carpet premiere.
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The actor also admitted he and Harry aren’t exactly best friends. “I haven’t spoken to him for many years,”He shared. “We did walk to the South Pole together with a lot of wounded soldiers, so I got to know him pretty well.”
Why He Offered To Stop Working With The Prince’s Trust
West didn’t talk to Harry about taking part in The CrownHe did, however, let King Charles know about his new role. “I just thought I would inform the Prince’s Trust that I was playing the part,” he said, referring to the king’s charitable organization. “And I felt they had a right to know that. So, that’s as far as it went.”
Some of that obligation no doubt comes from the fact that West is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust. He even offered to quit working with them if the show was too much of a conflict of interest, but it didn’t come to that. “You can’t really resign. It’s not really a job,”He laughed.
West’s Anxiety About The Role: ‘It Was Pretty Frightening’
West also spoke out about his concerns and unpreparedness for taking on such a controversial position. “I remember the camera test and it was me and Elizabeth [Debicki, who plays Princess Diana],”The actor was remembered. “We’re doing a test together and she immediately—it felt like it anyway—it felt like she had everything in place already and we were a couple of months off starting and I felt I hadn’t got anything.”
“Also, of course, you feel in front of a crew that’s been doing this for five years with two other casts and you think everyone’s going, ‘Dear,”” he joked. “So, it was pretty frightening.” Despite his fears about playing King Charles, West is already getting praise for his work on the show. Looks like he didn’Harry’s tips are enough!