The Crown star Matt Smith has said he ‘feels sorry’ for Meghan Markle following for her engagement to Prince Harry.
Speaking at an event in New York on Monday, the actor, who plays the Duke of Edinburgh in the Netflix drama, said he pities the bride-to-be because ‘life as she knows it is gone’.
But Smith, 35, admitted there was still plenty for Ms Markle to look forward to, adding: ‘She’s marring the prince of Britain – how exciting for her.’
The Crown actor Matt Smith, right with co-star Claire Foy in New York this week, said he ‘feels sorry’ for Meghan Markle, left last week, following her engagement to Prince Harry
New attention: Smith said that ‘life as [Meghan] knows it is gone’. Pictured, hundreds of well-wishers gathered to see Ms Markle on her first royal engagement with her fiance last week
The actor was joined by co-star Claire Foy, 33, at the event, which was moderated by Vanity Fair’s Mike Hogan.
The actress, who plays the Queen in the £100m series, explained the engagement between Harry, 35, and Meghan, 36, marked a significant step forward for the royal family, comparing it to the relationship between Princess Margaret and Group Captain Peter Townsend.
She said: ‘You realize the fact that Elizabeth forbade her sister from marrying a divorced man; it goes to show how time has changed and how they’ve had to evolve.
‘And they really have. This would not have been conceivable, this would not have happened 50 years ago.
Hit show: Matt Smith plays the Duke of Edinburgh alongside Claire Foy as the Queen
Unflattering portrayal: The second season of the Crown delves into the allegations of Prince Philip’s infidelity. Pictured, Smith on the show, left, the duke at an event in October last year
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thrive, because it’s willing to change and listen to the people and realize that some elements of the institution are outdated and unnecessary.’
The second season of The Crown, which is released on December 8, will paint an unflattering portrait of Prince Philip as an adulterer.
Scenes show the Duke of Edinburgh being tempted by a flirtatious Jackie Kennedy during her visit to Buckingham Palace in 1961.
Meanwhile the Queen’s suspicions of infidelity are aroused after she finds a picture of a dancer in his bag – believed to represent Pat Kirkwood, the real-life dancer he was once linked to.
The Netflix show also suggests he was romantically involved with women on a 1956-7 tour of Commonwealth countries without his wife, aboard the HMY Britannia.
The second series of The Crown will be available to watch from December 8 on Netflix.