‘The Crown’ Stars Matt Smith and Claire Foy Sound Off on the Royal Engagement

If anyone knows what it takes to be royal, it’s these two.

The Crown‘s Matt Smith shared his thoughts on Prince Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle. At a talk hosted by Vanity Fair, the star of the Netflix drama said he felt “sorry” for the soon-to-be royal.

“I feel sorry for her. It’s such a transition in her life, and it’s such a huge thing to take on,” Smith reasoned. “Life as she knows it is gone. But hey, she’s marrying the prince of Britain — how exciting for her.”

For two season the actor has played the husband to Claire Foy‘s Queen Elizabeth on The Crown. Presumably, the role has given Smith some insight on the constraints and pressure felt by members of the British royal family.

Foy also weighed in on the engagement, commenting on the evolution of the Monarchy.

“You realize the fact that Elizabeth forbade her sister from marrying a divorced man.” She continued, “It goes to show how time has changed and how they’ve had to evolve.” 

Had Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s love story taken place decades prior, the chances of their engagement securing the Queen’s approval would have been slim. 

“This would not have been conceivable, this would not have happened 50 years ago,” reckoned Foy. “And I think that’s why the monarchy will survive, and thrive, because it’s willing to change and listen to the people and realize that some elements of the institution are outdated and unnecessary.” 

Ten points to House of Windsor for progress!

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