The Crown’s Prince Philip star Tobias Menzies speaks out on ‘anti-royal’ backlash – saying he’s ‘proud’ of Net – The Sun

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THE actor who plays Prince Philip on Netflix’s The Crown thinks the show is good for the Royal Family, despite the backlash.

Tobias Menzies, 46, plays the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in season three and four of the hit drama.

Tobias Menzies, 46, plays Prince Philip on Netflix's The Crown

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Tobias Menzies, 46, plays Prince Philip on Netflix’s The CrownCredit: Getty Images – Getty

He has responded to negative criticism of the latest series of The Crown which has labelled the show ‘anti-royal’ and in some cases, ‘inaccurate’.

“It is an act of creation,” Menzies told the Evening Standard.

“Actually in many ways it does an amazing PR job for the Crown but that is secondary – this is a show about people.

“It has the caveat that we don’t know what goes on behind closed doors. Peter [Morgan, the writer] is going on what he thinks is interesting, but he does have some pretty good instincts and good connections.”

The star hit back at criticism of the latest series, saying it was important to question the monarchy

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The star hit back at criticism of the latest series, saying it was important to question the monarchy
Menzies also argued the drama is 'good PR' for the Royal Family

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Menzies also argued the drama is ‘good PR’ for the Royal FamilyCredit: AP:Associated Press
The actor will miss playing the Duke of Edinburgh, pictured here with his wife, Queen Elizabeth

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The actor will miss playing the Duke of Edinburgh, pictured here with his wife, Queen ElizabethCredit: Handout – Getty

The actor who is probably best known for playing Frank and Jack Randall in Outlander, thinks a show like The Crown is important in order to challenge the monarchy.

“It allows people of lots of different political stripes to be able to engage in ideas and interrogate what it is like to live inside this arcane institution,” Menzies explained.

“I am not a monarchist and I am proud of what the show does. It treads a delicate line, being quite apolitical to investigate relationships inside all the pageantry – although being apolitical is challenging when you get to Thatcher.”

Menzies will hand over the reins to Jonathan Pryce who will portray the Duke in the final two seasons of The Crown.

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Menzies will pass on the role to Jonathan Pryce who will play the prince in the final two seasons of The Crown

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Menzies will pass on the role to Jonathan Pryce who will play the prince in the final two seasons of The CrownCredit: Netflix
He stars alongside Olivia Colman as the Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret

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He stars alongside Olivia Colman as the Queen and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess MargaretCredit: PA

He has admitted he will “definitely miss the job” and playing the “funny” Prince Philip.

Speaking about his experience of playing the Monarch’s husband, now 99, Menzies told Deadline: “He’s enjoyably a debunker. He pokes at unnecessary pomp and circumstance, he’s funny.

“What Olivia [Colman] and I built with the texture and atmosphere of that marriage I also came to really like.”

The Crown seasons 1-4 are available to stream on Netflix with season four expected to premiere in the Autumn.

 

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