The Crown bosses ‘deeply saddened’ by Prince Philip’s death – statement in full

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The makers behind the hit royal-based drama on Netflix have said they are “deeply saddened” in a statement posted on Friday afternoon. The Crown has been a popular hit series since landing on the streaming platform in 2016, and has depicted Prince Philip along with other members of the Royal Family through the ages.

After news of his death broke at around midday on Friday, a statement said: “Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.

“Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time.”

It follows the shock announcement put out by Buckingham Palace earlier.

It read: “It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”

Netflix paid tribute alongside an influx of other celebrities offering sympathy to the Royal Family.

Piers Morgan wrote: “RIP Prince Philip, 99. A truly great Briton who dedicated his life to selfless public duty & was an absolute rock of devoted support to Her Majesty, The Queen, as the longest-serving royal consort to any British sovereign.

“A very sad day for our country. Thank you, Sir.”

Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid said: “Sad news about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Such a huge loss for the Queen and his family. His has been her constant, steadfast support.”

Others have shared interactions with Prince Philip, with MBE Carol Vorderman writing: “I went for a private lunch with The Queen at Buckingham Palace quite a few years ago.

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“They were both in their 80s and Prince Philip and she were flirting with each other madly and laughing. Theirs was a love and a marriage of more than 73 years. Deepest condolences Ma’am.”

BBC Breakfast presenter Dan Walker said: “What a life. My deepest condolences to the Queen and the rest of the royal family.”

As the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history, Prince Philip died at the age of 99 following a stint in hospital last month.

The Queen has described as her “strength and stay” during her reign.

Actors Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies portrayed the Duke of Edinburgh in The Crown.

Tobias has issued a statement, telling Metro: “If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I’m fairly sure he wouldn’t want an actor who has portrayed him on television giving their opinion on his life, so I’ll leave it to Shakespeare – “O good old man! How well in thee appears the constant service of the antique world…” ‘Rest in Peace.’”

In its four seasons so far, the programme has showcased the most scandalous and shocking moments of the Royal Family, and has drawn in a huge fanbase.

The Crown seasons 1-4 are available to watch on Netflix.

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