Matt Smith has said that he “feels sorry” for Meghan Markle following news of her and Prince Harry’s royal engagement, adding that “life as she knows it is gone”.
Actress Markle announced late last month (November) that she is to wed Prince Harry, leaving her US drama series Suits in the process.
Former Doctor Who star Smith, who has portrayed Prince Philip in the first two seasons of Netflix’s The Crown, was recently asked about the news earlier this week.
“I feel sorry for her,” Smith told Vanity Fair. “It’s such a huge transition in her life, and it’s such a huge thing to take on. Life as she knows it is gone. But hey, she’s marrying the prince of Britain – how exciting for her.”
Smith plays a young Prince Philip in The Crown alongside Claire Foy’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Foy was more positive about the state of the royal family in 2017, saying: “You realise 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. And I think that’s why the monarchy will survive, and thrive, because it’s willing to change and listen to the people and realise that some elements of the institution are outdated and unnecessary.”
“And she’s an actress,” Foy added of Markle. “So there’s hope for us all.”
The Crown, meanwhile, returns to Netflix on December 8. Watch a trailer for its second season here.
Meanwhile, Olivia Colman is set to take over the reigns from Foy for the third and fourth seasons of The Crown. Seasons three and four are set to focus on the Queen at a later stage in life. Colman’s involvement comes as part of the show’s original plan to run over 60 episodes, with new actors being cast every two seasons.