James Murray reveals how he really feels about playing Prince Andrew in 'The Crown'

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Watch: James Murray reveals how he really feels about playing Prince Andrew in The Crown

It's an awkward position for any actor to be in: playing disgraced royal Prince Andrew in the forthcoming series of The Crown.

Now, appearing on This Morning with his wife Sarah Parish, James Murray has opened up on how he feels about his casting and how he'll be approaching one of the most controversial roles he'll ever play.

As Parish laughed, he awkwardly said: "I can confirm that I’m playing a character called Andrew Windsor in The Crown."

Asked how he felt about playing the controversial prince, Murray said: "How do I feel… well, if I’m being professional, it’s not really my job to feel too much or judge the character, and remember we’re in the 90s, before all the things that we know now.

WINDSOR, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 23:  The Duke Of York (prince Andrew) And The Duchess Of York (sarah Ferguson) At Princess Beatrice's School Sports Day At Upton House School, Windsor.  (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)
The Duke Of York and The Duchess Of York (Sarah Ferguson) at Princess Beatrice's School Sports Day (Getty Images)

"So I think I just have to read what’s on the page, do my research, and play that quasi-fictional character because otherwise it’s just going to get in the way."

The Age Before Beauty star appeared on Tuesday's This Morning with Sarah Parish to talk about their charity that has raised £2.5million for paediatric emergency services.

The actor will star in season five of the Netflix drama.
The actor will star in season five of the Netflix drama. (ITV)

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Host Phillip Schofield asked about the period of history that season five on the Netflix show would cover, prompting him that it would feature John Major's time as Prime Minister in the 90s.

Murray, 47, said: "The divorce and Toe-gate, indeed, yes."

Toe-gate refers to photos that were taken of Andrew's ex-wife Sarah Ferguson who was photographed having her toes sucked by her financial adviser while she lay topless next to a pool in the months after their separation.

Season five of 'The Crown' will also star Dominic West as Prince Charles. (Netflix)
Season five of 'The Crown' will also star Dominic West as Prince Charles. (Netflix)

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Prince Andrew recently agreed to pay an undisclosed sum to Virginia Giuffre after agreeing to settle a sexual abuse lawsuit in the US out of court.

Giuffre was suing Andrew over allegations he sexually abused her more than two decades ago when she was 17, a minor under US law, after convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein trafficked her to England.

The Crown will return to Netflix later this year.

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