Dominic West, who plays Charles in season five of the hit Netflix series, has shared the hilarious way the queen consort addressed him at a party in 2021.
He was amused when Camilla called him "Your Majesty", appearing to signal her approval or atleast acceptance of the casting in the show, which sees him starring opposite Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Princess Diana.
The actor, who stars in the new controversial season that focuses on the breakdown of Charles and Diana’s marriage, has met King Charles a few times, he says.
“I’ve been in a line to shake his hand a few times and it’s fascinating,” Dominic said in an interview. “It’s very useful to meet the character you’re playing, obviously.”
Dominic, who’s starred in shows like The Affair and The Wire, also shared that after being cast in The Crown he offered to resign as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, an organisation that helps young people aged 11 to 30 get into jobs, education and training, as he was worried it may have been perceived as a conflict of interest considering Charles' role with the youth charity.
The offer was reportedly refused in a letter from Charles’ private secretary. Dominic recalls that the letter said, in essence, "You do what you like, you’re an actor. It’s nothing to do with us."
"I think that’s probably how [Charles] regards it,” Dominic (53) adds.
Dominic also revealed that he almost turned down the chance to play the new king when the show's creator, Peter Morgan, contacted him about the role.
"Peter got in touch and I went to see him," Dominic told EW. "This was about a year before we started shooting. He said he'd be interested in me playing Charles and I was quite astonished. I said, 'You've got the wrong guy, I don't look anything like him.'"
"He's one of the UK's most versatile and brilliant actors," Peter says, explaining why he wanted Dominic to play the role. "He's a fabulous company actor, loved by everyone."
So what made Dominic change his mind?
"I thought about it for several weeks, and it was one of those things you can't really get out of your head. [I] realised that you've got to give it a go because you'll regret it if you don't.
"He's a fascinating man, Charles, and it's a fascinating life, and a fascinating role. I mean, apart from anything else, it's a huge show, and I loved the first four seasons. I realised that I could very happily live with this character for two years."
The Crown season 5 starts on Netflix on 9 November.
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