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‘The Crown’ actors who portrayed Prince Philip pay tribute after his death aged 99

Actor Tobias Menzies shown portraying Prince Philip on the Netflix hit “The Crown.” Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix


‘The Crown’ actors who portrayed Prince Philip pay tribute after his death aged 99


Following Prince Philip’s death at the age of 99 on Friday, two British actors who portrayed him in various stages of his life in the Netflix smash “The Crown” have paid homage to the duke.

Smith, 38, who portrayed the character in the first and second seasons from 2016 to 2017, said in a statement, “Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it. 99 and out, but what an innings. And what style.”

“Thank you for your service, old chap; it won’t be the same without you,” he added.

In the first two seasons of The Crown, Matt Smith starred alongside Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II. The two showed the lives of the young royals as they married, welcomed children, and ushered in a new era for the royal family.

In seasons three and four of “The Crown,” Tobias Menzies, 47, played the complex and even prickly Duke of Edinburgh. The program covers Philip’s childhood traumas, such as his mother’s mental illness and his sister’s death in a plane accident, as well as his middle age relationship with Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman).

In a statement to TODAY, Menzies said, “If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh, I’m fairly sure he wouldn’t want an actor who has portrayed him on television giving their opinion on his life, so I’ll leave it to Shakespeare. O good old man! How well in thee appears. The constant service of the antique world…


“Rest in peace.”

The actor, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for the part last year, described the royal figure as an “alpha male” caught in a “strange, largely ceremonial role where he is second to his wife” in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine in November.

“You can see in him that he chafes at it, doesn’t necessarily find it comfortable. He’s clearly made a life for himself, takes the role seriously and has done a lot of really interesting work.”

It comes after a statement from the Netflix drama’s writers, who said they were “deeply saddened” by the news of his death.

Josh O’Connor, who played Prince Charles alongside Menzies in The Crown, responded to the post with a simple heart emoji.

Menzies spoke to Vanity Fair last year about portraying the longest-serving consort in British history as a middle-aged man.

“I think he is a pretty complex person,” Menzies said. “Even though he doesn’t give a lot away in interviews, just atmospherically, you get quite a lot from him. Emotionally, he seems hot to me. There’s always an element of frustration and irritability, and suppressed emotion, it seemed to me. I’m sure all of these, he would pooh-pooh and deny.

“But seeing this sort of alpha male, clearly someone who likes to be busy and to influence things, be in this strange, largely ceremonial role where he is second to his wife—and really does not have a huge amount to actually do every day. You can see in him that he chafes at it, doesn’t necessarily find it comfortable.”

“I sort of loved Philip and there was a lot that I could identify with: the competitiveness, the sporting nature, the battle, the defiance, and the maleness,” Smith, who was nominated for an Emmy award in 2018 for his depiction of the duke in his younger days, told Variety magazine that year.

“One of the interesting challenges for me was that I felt there was a sort of a misconception and a preconception about him, which reduced him a bit.”

Smith added: “And actually all the research I did found him to be brilliantly funny, very clever, very popular. In the royal house, he’s the most popular of all of them. If you’ve talked to any of the staff, Philip’s the one they all love really. I think more than a lot of them, he’s a bit more of a man of the people.”

For the fifth and sixth seasons of the program, which will be final, Oscar contender Jonathan Pryce will take over the role of the Duke of Edinburgh. He’ll play the Queen alongside Imelda Staunton.

In a statement, the drama series’ producing companies also paid respect to the figure. The statement said, “Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh,” the statement read. “Our thoughts are with the royal family at this sad time.”

While Philip played it close to the vest in public, he was reportedly known for crass jokes and bluster behind the scenes.

“On the flip side, he’s funny,” Menzies said. “A lot of that comes out in both irritability, but also quips and jokes—some of them not great, famously kind of off-color. But I feel like they’re all expressions of a desire to slightly poke at the structure of things, punch holes in it, just sort of rattle it up a bit.”

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