- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Producers for “The Crown” have all but admitted to what is a royal breach of Hollywood protocol.

Claire Foy, the English actress who portrayed the lead role of Queen Elizabeth II in the Netflix original series’ first two seasons, was actually paid less than Matt Smith, the actor who portrays Prince Philip, Variety reported Wednesday.

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” promised Suzanne Mackie, creative director of Left Bank Pictures, the film studio behind “The Crown,” Variety reported.

Neither Miss Foy nor Mr. Smith, who reportedly commanded a higher salary due to his previous work on the popular BBC series “Dr. Who,” will return to the royal drama, a casting decision first reported in December 2016.

British television veterans Olivia Colman (“The Night Manager,” “Broadchurch”) and Hugh Laurie (“House,” “Veep”) will take over the roles of Elizabeth and Philip in the third season, which Harper’s Bazaar reports will be set in the years spanning from 1964 to 1976. 

The third season is unlikely to premiere until 2019, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

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