Queen Camilla's favourite TV show as well as what Prince William and Prince George like to watch

Queen Camilla revealed her surprising love of Bridgerton last week
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Believe it or not, the busy Royals do manage to find a moment to catch up with trending television programmes, just like the rest of us.

Last week, Queen Camilla dropped a surprise for fans when she revealed her fondness for Netflix hit series, Bridgerton. It was during her attendance at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show that she made this revelation, perfectly timing it alongside her tour of a garden inspired by the popular period drama.

Captivated by Holly Johnston's skillfully crafted display, the Queen let slip: "I watched the first lot" of Bridgerton's third season, sharing her excitement for the second part due on June 13.

But Bridgerton isn't the only favoured viewing pleasure among the royals, reports the Liverpool Echo. A host of other successful series have found their way into the Royal familys television schedule and received their stamp of approval.

As for The Crown: although much of its content probes some controversial aspects of Royal history, the show appears to have intrigued numerous Royal members. Recalling an amusing incident, Vanessa Kirby, who played Princess Margaret in the show, mentioned in Harper's Bazaar: "A friend of mine was at a party and didn't know anyone, so he sidled up to this group who were talking about The Crown. One girl said, 'Well, my granny watches it and really likes it'. It slowly dawned on him that the girl was Eugenie and her granny was the Queen."

Sarah, Duchess of York smiles outside after attending the Royal Family's traditional Christmas Day service at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham Estate in eastern England, on December 25, 2023
Fergie is reportedly a huge fan of Netflix hit The Crown -Credit:AFP via Getty Images

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and mother to Eugenie, is reportedly a huge fan of the series, having admitted she "loved" how her 1986 wedding to Prince Andrew was portrayed in season four.

Britain's Got Talent

Considering the winners of Britain's Got Talent get the chance to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, it's hardly shocking that the Royal family are big fans of the show. Prince Harry has even voiced his liking for the programme.

In an interview with the Independent, Judge Amanda Holden revealed that Harry had cheekily asked if then-judge Piers Morgan was "really a prat". She candidly replied: "You can't say that but yes! ".

Game of Thrones

Prince William previously let slip that he and Kate were keen followers of the fantasy drama series Game of Thrones, which aired from 2011 to 2019. This unexpected disclosure came during a radio show, when William suggested the series to the host who hadn't yet seen it.

"You should definitely watch Game of Thrones, that's worth watching," he recommended.

Furthermore, Jaqen H'ghar actor Tom Wlaschiha even told the Evening Standard that they'd tried to coax spoilers out of him, claiming they had "watched every series". He recalled: "They wanted spoilers but I said I couldn't tell them. I'm surprised they have time to watch such a long running series."

Fireman Sam

Even the younger royals are not immune to the charm of a good TV show. Prince George, for instance, became so enamoured with the animated series 'Fireman Sam' that the creators went ahead and crafted a personalised episode for him.

Kate Middleton shared this delightful piece of information on BBC Radio One, revealing: "Fireman Sam has taken an awful lot of interest."

George's keen interest wasn't just limited to the characters; he was particularly taken with the helicopters featured in the show. In recognition of his ardent viewership, the producers decided to honour the young Royal by dedicating an entire episode to him.

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To mark their 30th anniversary, the show paid a special tribute by featuring both Prince George and Prince William in a cameo for an episode titled 'The Prince in Pontypandy'. Set in the make-believe Welsh village of Pontypandy, home to Fireman Sam and his valiant fire brigade, the storyline involves a visit from an unnamed Royal prince.

During this Royal visit, it falls upon Sam and his crew to coordinate the event. However, things take a turn when a local resident tumbles down a ravine, prompting the visiting prince to swoop in for the rescue aboard a helicopter.

This act of heroism subtly nods to Prince William's real-life role with the RAF, where he served as a pilot for search and rescue missions.

Strictly Come Dancing

BBC's Strictly Come Dancing is another programme that consistently captures Royal attention. The Princess of Wales, along with her mother Carole, are known aficionados of the glittering dance contest.

Even young Prince Louis was captivated by the magic of television when he visited a bustling set last December. He was utterly enchanted by the behind-the-scenes activity and even left with a special request for a prop - a costume crown.

Jeopardy

While Jeopardy might not ring as many bells in the UK, it's a staple in American homes. Interestingly, during a chat on The Late Late Show with James Corden in February 2021, Prince Harry admitted that he too had been drawn to the quiz show's charm.

Harry offered a peek into his and Meghan's evening routine: "Meg might cook a meal, we might order a takeaway, go upstairs, sit in bed, turn the TV on, watch some Jeopardy, maybe watch a little bit of Netflix."

Downton Abbey

And who could forget Downton Abbey, the ITV period drama that captured the heart of Her Majesty the late Queen herself?

The Daily Telegraph reported that she would spend her Sunday nights engrossed in the series throughout its run from 2011 to 2018.

The Queen was said to have a keen interest in the cast and storylines of Downton Abbey, yet she didn't shy away from critiquing it, as noted by The Queen's newspaper. Familiar with Highclere Castle, where the series was filmed, she would often "point out things they have got wrong".

Back in 2020, at the height of the pandemic, Prince William famously participated in BBC's The Big Night In performance. This was a show aimed at supporting frontline workers as they battled to keep the nation safe.

As part of this programme, Prince William teamed up with actor Stephen Fry for a unique Blackadder themed sketch, which he confessed is among his favourite TV shows.

In a revealing insight into his television tastes, during that same act, William also joked about missing EastEnders when he asked Stephen for tips on what to watch. In a comedic turn of events, Stephen then suggested the Netflix documentary Tiger King, to which Prince William humorously admitted he "avoids shows about royalty! ", leaving viewers chuckling at home.

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