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‘The Crown’ Paid Claire Foy Less Than Matt Smith

Who would have thought that Queen Elizabeth with all her power and poise would be paid less than Prince Philip for two seasons in a row?

This came into light during a panel discussion about the series at the INTV Conference, when Netflix’s The Crown producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries were asked whether series star Claire Foy (Queen Elizabeth II) was paid more than co-star Matt Smith (Prince Philip).

Variety reports, the producers acknowledged that he did make more due to his “Doctor Who” fame, but that they would rectify that for the future.

“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” said Mackie.

The third season, which starts filming in July, will move into the latter years and will introduce Camilla Parker Bowles as well as young Princess Diana. “Those are going to be extraordinary, those episodes,” said Mackie.

“I want to see an episode where Trump comes to Buckingham Palace,” said Mackie. And as for Meghan Markle, “She can play herself.”

However, Claire Foy won’t get the chance to earn a fair paycheck since the role has been re-cast for the third season. This is not the first time the main female protagonist has been paid less than her male counterpart. But as of January 1, California law bans employers from asking potential employees about previous pay in an effort to close the gender-wage gap.


Image: Netflix / Source: Variety