'The Crown' star Dominic West offered to quit as ambassador of The Prince's Trust, here's how King Charles responded
In a recent interview, West also revealed how Camilla reacted after knowing that he will be playing the role of King Charles
Season 5 of Netflix’s blockbuster series ‘The Crown’ is just around the corner and viewers are going to see a lot of new characters on the show this time around. On the other hand, we’ll see new actors portraying the show’s original characters and depict a new era of the Royal Family. One actor who’ll be making his debut with Season 5 is Dominic West, who’ll be playing the role of King Charles, opposite Elizabeth Debicki’s Princess Diana.
West is one of the most prominent names in the UK’s entertainment industry and garnered international recognition by appearing in several American titles. However, playing King Charles III is undoubtedly one of the biggest roles of his career and he had to sacrifice a really important thing to move ahead with this role. The actor has been an ambassador with The Prince’s Trust for a while now and offered to resign from his position in case of a conflict of interest before taking up the role.
While speaking with Radio Times, the 53-year-old actor-turned-director revealed that he didn’t want any trouble after becoming a part of the show and sent his resignation to the trust so that there’s no conflict of interest. However, the reply from Charles’s office surprised him and took a lot of burden off his chest.
The actor said that his resignation was not accepted and he received a reply from King Charles’s private secretary, which said, “You do what you like, you’re an actor. It’s nothing to do with us.” Later in the conversation, ‘The Affair’ star also noted his association with the trust helped him in playing the character because he met Charles several times in the past. He added, “I’ve been in a line to shake his hand a few times and it’s fascinating. It’s very useful to meet the character you’re playing, obviously.”
On the other hand, he also noted how Queen-consort Camilla Parker Bowles called her “Your Majesty” at a party in 2021 when she got to know that West will be playing King Charles III in Season 5 of ‘The Crown’.
The upcoming edition of ‘The Crown’ is considered to be the most controversial one yet and features some of the most scandalous moments from royal family history. From Princess Diana’s controversial interview to the Tampongate scandal, season 5 is set to unravel more secrets about the renowned family in a fictionalized take. However, just like every season, the show has found itself in the middle of a lot of controversies as a lot of people believe that it’s rewriting history and damaging the reputation of the royal family.
The show sees Imelda Staunton playing the role of Queen Elizabeth II, while Jonathan Pryce will be portraying the character of Prince Phillip. Other actors to feature in the show include Debicki (Princess Diana), Lesley Manville (Princess Margaret), Johnny Lee Miller (PM John Major), Flora Montgomery (Norma Major), Olivia Williams (Camilla Parker Bowles), Bertie Carvel (PM Tony Blair), and Marcia Warren (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother).
‘The Crown’ Season 5 is set to premiere exclusively on Netflix on Wednesday, November 9, 2022.