The Crown is one of Netflix’s best-loved series, and now it’s said the creators are searching for an actor to play Prince Andrew.
It’s claimed that the show is struggling to find an actor willing to play the character for Season 5.
There will be plenty of characters recast for the next series, as the show features a time jump.
Elizabeth Debicki is taking over as Princess Diana from Emma Corrin, and Imelda Staunton replacing Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth.
Prince Andrew has been at the centre of a scandal around his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The makers of the show are now looking on Spotlight, which is a website dedicated to actors’ CVs and job opportunities. They’re reportedly trawling through the website to find the right man for the job.
Show bosses are denying that they are struggling, however, an actor still hasn’t been cast.
A spokesperson for the show told Metro: “There is absolutely no struggle to cast any role for season five of The Crown and it is normal practice for productions to advertise in Spotlight.”
A young Prince Andrew was portrayed by Tom Byrne in the fourth series of The Crown.
In the new series, Prince Andrew will be portrayed between the ages of 30 to 40 in the upcoming episodes.
The Sun quotes a source as saying “Stars aren’t exactly queuing up to play him”.
Prince Andrew stepped back from royal duties in 2019, after his car crash interview on Newsnight.
Virginia Roberts – now named Virginia Giuffre – claimed she was forced to have sex with the prince three times between 2001 and 2002. She was 17 at the time.
Prince Andrew denies the allegations.
He claimed in the interview he couldn’t have slept with Mrs Giuffre because he was at a party at Pizza Express he had taken daughter Princess Beatrice to on the day it allegedly happened.
One of his high-profile other comments was denying the fact that he was sweating profusely during a nightclub encounter. He claimed he had a ‘peculiar medical condition’ that means he can’t sweat. The alleged condition was caused by an overdose of adrenaline in the Falklands War.
Also it’s been recently claimed that he is deliberately “avoiding and evading” the US investigation.
Now following the death of the Duke Of Edinburgh at the age of 99, Prince Andrew has been describing himself as the Queen’s “rock”.
It’s also reported that he bought new corgi puppies for the Queen. However, Prince Charles and Prince William are currently said to be “totally aligned” in their plans for the future, and it’s thought that Prince Andrew isn’t going to be included in their plans.
It’s now being reported that Prince Andrew has gone into business with a disgraced banker accused of sexual harassment.
Now he is working with Harry Keogh.
Meanwhile, Keogh resigned from the Queen’s bank, Coutts, in March 2018 after he was accused of inappropriately touching young female staff and making lewd comments.
However, he is thought to have been his ‘private banker for some 20 years’, according to a source in the Times.
The new firm, Lincelles, was formed in June last year. Andrew controls 75% of the company, along with Mr Keogh.
They are both listed as persons with significant control over Lincelles according to Companies House.
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