The Crown creator Peter Morgan has admitted that he doesn’t actually want to know if the Royal Family watch the show.
The hit Netflix series tells the story of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, played by Wolf Hall actress Claire Foy, alongside former Doctor Who star Matt Smith as Prince Philip.
Season 2 launched on Netflix last month and there are plans for The Crown to run for a total of six seasons, albeit with some major cast changes along the way.
There have been unconfirmed rumours in tabloid newspapers that Queen Elizabeth II herself has seen some episodes – and liked what she saw!
Writer Peter Morgan responded: “I never know whether to believe [the rumours]. In my own heart of hearts, I sort of want to pretend that she hasn’t watched, and I hope she never does because then I can say, ‘I don’t know.'”
He added that he doesn’t want to feel like he’s writing the series trying to get the Queen’s “approval”, explaining: “I want them to have that privacy, and I want us to have our privacy. I don’t want them to feel disappointed. I think it’s good when both sides have their independence.”
However, we know at least one member of the Royal Family definitely watches the show.
The Queen’s granddaughter, Princess Eugenie, has announced that she’s a fan: “It is filmed beautifully. The music is wonderful, the story is beautiful. You feel very proud to watch it.”