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Prince Harry says The Crown gives a ‘good idea’ of the pressures faced by the Royal Family


Prince Harry defends The Crown and says it gives a ‘good idea’ of the ‘pressure’ faced by royals to ‘put duty and service above everything’ – and says he’d like Damian Lewis to play him on screen

  • Prince Harry revealed The Crown gives ‘an idea’ of what life is like as a royal
  • Told says reflects the ‘pressures of putting duty and service above everything’
  • Added he would like to see Homeland’s Damian Lewis play him in the show 

Prince Harry has defended Netflix‘s The Crown, saying it gives a ‘good idea’ of the pressures faced by members of the Royal Family. 

The Duke of Sussex, 36, shared his feelings on the Netflix show – which has come under fire over its unflattering portrayal of the royals, including the Queen and Prince Charles – on The Late Late Show with James Corden

Harry said The Crown is ‘loosely based on the truth’ and captures the feeling of being expected to put ‘duty and service above everything else’.

Harry and wife Meghan Markle, 39, last year signed a content deal with Netflix, the creators of The Crown, thought to be worth £100million.  

Prince Harry has defended Netflix’s The Crown, saying it gives a ‘good idea’ of the pressures faced by members of the Royal Family. He shared his feelings on the Late Late Show with James Corden (pictured)

The Netflix show has come under fire over its portrayal of members of the Royal Family, including Harry's father Prince Charles. Pictured, Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor as Princess Diana and Prince Charles in series four of The Crown

The Netflix show has come under fire over its portrayal of members of the Royal Family, including Harry’s father Prince Charles. Pictured, Emma Corrin and Josh O’Connor as Princess Diana and Prince Charles in series four of The Crown 

Harry added he would like Homeland actor Damian Lewis to play him if his character ever appears on the show as an adult. 

‘They don’t pretend to be news, it’s fictional,’ Prince Harry said of The Crown. ‘But it’s loosely based on the truth. 

‘Of course it’s not strictly accurate but it loosely it gives you an idea of that lifestyle and the pressures of putting duty and service above everything else and what can come from that.

‘I’m way more comfortable about The Crown than the stories I see written about my family, my wife or myself because there’s a difference between that’s obviously fiction, take it how you will – but this is reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news.’

The Late Late Show with James Corden segment was filmed before he and wife Meghan Markle, who is pregnant with their second child, confirmed they will not be returning as working members of the Royal Family. 

Prince Harry said he would like Damian Lewis to play him in The Crown

Prince Harry said he would like Damian Lewis to play him in The Crown 

Elsewhere in the interview, which was partly filmed on an open top bus, Prince Harry said he and Meghan Markle ‘never walked away’ from the Royal Family and insisted he did ‘what any husband or father would do’.

The Duke of Sussex said the move to LA last year was about ‘stepping back rather than stepping down’. He said that his life will ‘always be about public service’ and added the Duchess ‘signed up for that’.

The Prince also rapped the theme song from The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air as he joined Corden for a bus tour of LA.

After Corden told him to pay the fare before jumping on the bus, Harry quipped ‘you know us royals, we don’t carry cash’ and said it was his first time on an open-top bus because ‘we’re not really allowed to’.

Corden served him afternoon tea while pointing out celebrity homes, including what he claimed were those of Friends star David Schwimmer and Die Hard actor Bruce Willis.

But moments later the bus braked heavily and the dinner wagon holding the tea jolted into Prince Harry – who appeared to swear – before he spat his drink out while laughing.

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