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26 September, 2022
 
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Yes, Queen Elizabeth watched The Crown

British royal correspondent George Jobson has finally answered the question that has been on many people's minds since the popular Netflix series was released

Kathimerini Greece Newsroom

A few days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II and a period of mourning in Britain, many began to wonder how many well-kept secrets of the monarch's personal life could emerge.

One of them has already come to light and that is that the Queen was watching the popular Netflix series "The Crown" directed by Peter Morgan.

In an appearance during a televised broadcast of the funeral by the US network ABC, royal correspondent George Jobson - one of the best-known royal commentators - said the Queen used to watch the series on Sundays.

Since "The Crown" premiered in 2016, the public and journalists have discussed the possibility of the royal family watching the series many times. In fact, even the popular American presenter Oprah Winfrey asked Prince Harry and Meghan Markle the question during the infamous interview in 2021.

But according to Jobson, Elizabeth II watched the show regularly, at least in the early seasons where the Queen was played by Claire Foy. He further said that Prince Philip had confided to him that he tried to discourage his wife from watching the show because he knew it would annoy her.

In February 2021, Harry admitted to British presenter James Corden that he had watched The Crown. "I'm much more comfortable watching the show than reading stories in the media about Meghan or me ... they don't pretend it's news, it's fiction," Harry said. "But there's also real evidence. Of course, it's not accurate, but...it presents a glimpse of the palace lifestyle, the pressure of putting family, duty and service before family." Besides, Harry said he would have liked to see Damian Lewis play him when he was older.

The sixth season of the series is currently filming, which took a hiatus after Elizabeth's death as a mark of respect to the Queen. The fifth season is expected to premiere in November, with an official release date yet to be announced.

With information from Entertainment Weekly, ABC

[This article was translated from its Greek original]

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