Dominic West as Prince Charles in hit Netflix show The Crown (Picture: Netflix)
Dominic West tried to step down from his role as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust after agreeing to play the then Prince Charles in The Crown.
But West, 53, says his resignation was refused in a letter from Charles’s private secretary.
The actor, who has met the King several times, said the reaction was, ‘You do what you like, you’re an actor, it’s nothing to do with us’.
West added: ‘I think that’s probably how [Charles] regards it. I’ve been in line to shake his hand a few times –and it’s fascinating. It’s very useful to meet the character you’re playing.’
Season five of the controversial royal drama, which arrives on Netflix on November 9, documents the breakdown of Charles’s marriage to Princess Diana, played by The Night Manager star Elizabeth Debicki.
Dominic shaking hands with the Prince of Wales in 2014 (Picture: WPA/Getty Images)
West also addressed a scene that tackles the leaked ‘tampongate’ phone conversation Charles had with Camilla (Olivia Williams). ‘I never really thought about it at the time but the research showed me how badly Camilla was treated,’ he told Radio Times.
Actress Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana on the cover of the Radio Times (Picture: Radio Times)
‘I don’t think that would happen today. It happened for many reasons, one of them being she’s a woman.
‘Like most people, I remember thinking it was a sordid, embarrassing discussion, but, revisiting it, I found it was just an intensely personal conversation, and what was sordid was the prurient interest in it. Most people, if they’re lucky enough, will have conversations like that with people they love. It’s very sweet, tender and gauche but, like any personal conversation, just not for public consumption.’
Also in Radio Times, Debicki, 32, backed the addition of a disclaimer stating The Crown is a ‘fictional dramatisation’, explaining: ‘If that’s helpful for certain people, so be it.’