The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Philip simply ‘The Man’ to stars

- CHARLES MIRANDA

TO the world he is The Duke, but to the actors who played the Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown TV series on Saturday described Prince Philip simply as being “The Man”.

Matt Smith, who starred in the first two series of the big-budget Netflix series, offered his condolence­s to the Queen and summed up the Duke, as if almost in character.

He said: “Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it. 99 and out, but what an innings. And what style. Thank you for your service old chap – it won’t be the same without you.”

Smith portrayed Philip in the early days of the royal relationsh­ip including dramatised tensions in his marriage to the Queen played by Claire Foy. He was then replaced by actor Tobias Menzies for series three and four of the Crown, opposite Olivia Colman as the Queen.

Menzies wrote on Twitter: “If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I’m fairly sure he wouldn’t want an actor who portrayed him on TV giving their opinion on his life, so I’ll leave it to Shakespear­e.

“‘O good old man! how well in thee appears. The constant service of the antique world …’ RIP.”

A statement from the show, written by creator Peter Morgan, said: “Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened. Our thoughts are with the royal family at this sad time.”

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