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The Crown’s Matt Smith Isn’t Too Jazzed About Meghan Markle’s Royal Future

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In The Crown, Matt Smith does a beautiful job at portraying the various nuances of Prince Philip — he’s in love and married to Queen Elizabeth, but doesn’t love the sheltered and frequently emasculating life that comes along with it. So when he was asked, earlier this week at a 92nd Street Y talk, what he thinks about Meghan Markle, a commoner, joining the royal family, he didn’t give the super-cheery outlook attendees might’ve been hoping for. “I feel sorry for her,” he explained. “It’s such a 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.” Claire Foy, though, was a little more optimistic about the new princess taking the world by storm: “She’s an actress, so there’s hope for us all.” Cue the excited shrieks of a thousand struggling actresses in Los Feliz.

The Crown’s Matt Smith Feels Sorry for Meghan Markle’s Life