The Crown's Matt Smith admits that he 'feels sorry' for Meghan Markle

Last week, Kensington Palace confirmed the news that Prince Harry was set to marry his Suits’ actress girlfriend, Meghan Markle, in a ceremony next May.

Many celebrities came forward to gush about the engagement, with most sharing their excitement for Meghan.

Matt had a different reaction to the engagement news. Copyright: [Rex]

However, British actor Matt Smith has had a slightly different response, confessing that he “feels sorry” for the American star and the huge changes that are about to hit her life.

Matt plays reluctant royal consort Prince Philip in Netflix drama ‘The Crown’, which no doubt triggered his compassionate response to the engagement.

Speaking at a talk at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, Matt explained: “I feel sorry for her.

“It’s such a transition in her life, and it’s such a huge thing to take on.

Matt Smith and Claire Foy play Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth in The Crown. Copyright: [Netflix]

“Life as she knows it is gone.”

The former Doctor Who star then added: “But hey, she’s marrying the prince of Britain — how exciting for her.”

The first series of ‘The Crown’ saw Prince Philip resent being forced to stop working as a naval officer when he married Queen Elizabeth, with the royal also depicted as being unhappy with living in his wife’s shadow and not being allowed to give his children his surname.

Matt’s co-star, Claire Foy, also had her say on Prince Harry and Meghan’s engagement, pointing out that the fact that Meghan is divorced shows “evolution” within the royal family.

Prince Harry and Meghan announced their engagement last week. Copyright: [Getty]

She said: “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thrive, because it’s willing to change and listen to the people and realise that some elements of the institution are outdated and unnecessary.”

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