Dominic West, renowned for portraying King Charles III in the hit Netflix series "The Crown," revealed a fascinating twist in his real-life connection with Prince Harry, Charles' son. In a candid interview on Times Radio's "Sunday Morning" aired on December 24, West, aged 54, opened up about his once-close relationship with the 39-year-old prince.
West disclosed that their communication ceased following his overly candid remarks at a press conference. "We sort of [lost touch because] I said too much in a press conference, and so, we didn’t speak after that," he confessed to radio host Kate McCann.
Prodded for details, West elaborated, "I think I was asked what we did, [and] what we did to celebrate when we got there and [I] probably said too much." The two had previously teamed up in 2013 for the Walking With the Wounded charity event.
This endeavor saw them embark on an adventurous expedition through Antarctica with injured military veterans, a cause close to Harry's heart as a veteran himself. During a January 2014 press conference, West had enthusiastically shared details of their journey, notably praising Harry's contributions, including his skill in constructing latrines.
Reflecting on the incident, West acknowledged that the fallout from this oversharing occurred over a decade ago. Consequently, he didn't seek Harry's insights for his role as Charles in "The Crown." West joined the acclaimed series in its fifth season in 2022, succeeding Josh O’Connor as the older Charles.
Royal Family Reactions
Prince Harry acknowledged watching "The Crown," which dramatizes the reign of his late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II. He preferred the show's portrayal of his family over other media depictions. On The Late Late Show with James Corden in February 2021, Harry remarked, "It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle is, the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, and what can come from that." He further admitted to fact-checking the series during an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in January.
Interestingly, West isn't the only cast member to have interacted with the royal family. Jonathan Pryce, who played Prince Philip in seasons 5 and 6, shared a humorous encounter with Princess Anne, Charles' sister. Recounting the moment he was knighted at Windsor Castle by Princess Anne, Pryce revealed their light-hearted exchange about his role.
All six seasons of "The Crown" are currently available for streaming on Netflix. They offer viewers a blend of historical events and fictional dramatization, captivating audiences worldwide with its unique perspective on the British monarchy.