Prince William told Olivia Colman that he’s not a fan of The Crown, despite the hit series being based on his own family.

Colman explained in a recent interview that her first meeting with the Duke of Cambridge “didn’t go very well” and that the prince admitted that he hadn’t watched the series.

“It didn’t go very well,” Colman said on The Graham Norton Show. “I met Prince William at a dinner, and he asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, ‘actually I know what you’re doing.’”

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She continued: “I was so excited and asked, ‘have you watched it?’ His answer was a firm, ‘no.’”

Colman is set to play Queen Elizabeth II in seasons three and four of the Netflix series.

In a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the actress explained how her new role might be her toughest yet during her career.

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Olivia Colman
Olivia wears Emilia Wickstead dress with Manolo Blahnik heels, De Beers earrings and Chanel fine jewellery bracelet.
Photographed by Alexi Lubomirski.

“I don’t really enjoy research,” she told us. “But for this, I have to accept it. I can’t just sit like me, I have to sit like her, and look like pictures of her. They have been teaching me how to walk – I’m really terrible at that, I have no physical awareness.”

The third season of The Crown will see Olivia Colman take over from Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth; Helena Bonham Carter replace Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret; and Tobias Menzies take on the role of Prince Philip, previously played by Matt Smith.

The latest series is set in the 1970s when the Queen and Philip will be in their 50s, which is the reason for hiring an entirely new cast.

The Crown season three will air on Netflix on 17 November.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR UK.

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