The production team behind The Crown have admitted that Claire Foy was not the show's highest-paid cast member, despite playing the title character.
This disappointing revelation came out as Andy Harries, Suzanne Mackie and Martin Childs from The Crown's production company Left Bank chatted about the show's past and future on Tuesday (March 13) at the INTV Conference in Jerusalem.
The Left Bank were discussing the £5 million they spend on each episode of the period drama, when Suzanne Mackie acknowledged (via Variety) that Matt Smith actually earned the highest salary for playing Prince Philip because of his notoriety from Doctor Who.
"Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen," she vowed.
Left Bank's acknowledgement of the gender pay gap on the series is even more surprising since series creator Peter Morgan recently admitted that he was reluctant to hire Matt Smith in the first place.
"Matt and Claire, it was really instantly obvious," he said. "I'm ashamed to admit, I needed persuading on Matt Smith, and then I saw him with Claire and their chemistry.
"A friend of mine said to me, 'I don't fancy Prince Philip, and I don't fancy Matt Smith, but I really fancy Matt Smith as Prince Philip!' – there's something in his movement, his swagger, it's quite transformative."
The Crown will be recasting its leads for the third season, as Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter take over for Foy and Vanessa Kirby as The Queen and Princess Margaret.
As of yet, nobody's been cast to replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip, following Paul Bettany's sudden departure from The Crown season three earlier in the year.