Prince Harry gives his verdict on 'The Crown' and says he wants Damian Lewis to play him

Julia Hunt
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Prince Harry has given The Crown his seal of approval, saying it does give viewers a “rough idea” of life as a royal and that he’d like Damian Lewis to play him in it.

The 36-year-old weighed in on the Netflix drama about his family during a chat with James Corden on The Late Late Show.

He said while the series is “not strictly accurate” it does give fans a sense of the pressures of being a royal.

"They don’t pretend to be news. It’s fictional. But it’s loosely based on the truth,” said Harry, as he and Corden travelled around LA on an open-top bus.

Prince Harry said the Crown was “not strictly accurate.” (EMPICS)
Prince Harry said the Crown was “not strictly accurate.” (EMPICS)

“Of course it’s not strictly accurate, of course not, but loosely it gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that.”

Prince Harry – who filmed the show before it was confirmed that he and wife Meghan Markle will not return as working members of the royal family – went on: “I’m way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family or my wife or myself.

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“Because the difference between that is obviously fiction, take it how you will.

“But this is being reported on as fact because you’re supposedly news.

"I have a real issue with that.”

Prince Harry said he wanted Damian Lewis to play him. (SOPA Images)
Prince Harry said he wanted Damian Lewis to play him. (SOPA Images)

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Corden asked who Harry would like to see play him on the screen and he said he thought Homeland actor Lewis would be a good fit.

Talk show host Corden agreed and joked that he himself might make a good Prince William.

"I mean, it’s not great casting, but it is casting,” Prince Harry joked.

James Corden interviewed Prince Harry for the Late Night Show. (AP)
James Corden interviewed Prince Harry for the Late Night Show. (AP)

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The Crown started in 2016 and so far four seasons have been released, with a fifth due in 2022.

It has been a huge hit with viewers but some – including UK Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden and Princess Diana’s brother Charles Spencer – have suggested it needs a disclaimer making it clear it is fiction.

Dowden told the Daily Mail last year: “It’s a beautifully produced work of fiction, so as with other TV productions, Netflix should be very clear at the beginning it is just that.

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Harry and Meghan stepped down as fulltime members of the royal family last year. (PA)
Harry and Meghan stepped down as fulltime members of the royal family last year. (PA)

"Without this, I fear a generation of viewers who did not live through these events may mistake fiction for fact.”

Spencer said last year: “It would help The Crown an enormous amount if at the beginning of each episode it stated that, ‘This isn’t true but is based around some real events’.”

Yahoo has contacted representatives for Lewis for comment.

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