We just learned which royal is the Palace staff’s favorite, and we couldn’t be more surprised. (Hint: It’s not Kate Middleton…or Prince Harry…or Princess Charlotte.)
The Crown alum Matt Smith recently sat down for an interview with Variety and shared shocking details about the man who inspired his character, Prince Philip. Although he seems like one of the, well, less interesting members of the royal family, the actor revealed that the prince is a favorite among the Buckingham Palace employees.
“All the research I did found him to be brilliantly funny, very clever, very popular,” he said. “In the royal house he’s the most popular of all of them. If you’ve talked to any of the staff, Philip’s the one they all love really.”
Why? Well, according to Smith, it has everything to do with his royal duties (or lack thereof). “I think more than a lot of them, he’s a bit more of a man of the people,” he continued. “The royal protocol hasn’t dogged him in quite the same way his whole life and there’s a sort of rebellion in him and a naughtiness and a cheekiness. I think he’s quite affable and open by all accounts with the staff. They all love him.”
We’d love to hear what Queen Elizabeth has to say about this.