Prince Philip's damning assessment of The Crown which he refused to watch

PRINCE Philip gave a damning assessment of The Crown, saying “I have no interest in soap operas”. 

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday aged 99, refused to watch the hit Netflix show which portrays the ups and downs of royal life. 

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Writing for MailOnline, royal expert Gyles Brandreth claimed the Duke “did not watch” the royal drama.

Asked about the show, she said that the Duke had once told her: “I have no interest in soap operas.”

The Duke is played by Matt Smith in season 1 and 2. On Saturday, the 38-year-old actor sent his condolences to Philip's family and said the Duke was "the man".

Fellow The Crown star Tobias Menzies, who played the older version of Philip in the third and fourth seasons, also offered his condolences in a tweet.

Prince Philip was also said to be “terribly upset” about one “malicious" episode of the series, according to royal biographers. 

During the past four series of The Crown, Philip was implied to be involved in the Profumo sex scandal. 

He was also shown as a serial philanderer who had an affair with acclaimed ballerina Galina Ulanova – despite there being no evidence of this.

Other controversial moments included Philip supposedly being reluctant to kneel at the Queen's coronation and "threatening" Princess Diana in a private chat, all of which have been questioned by Royal experts.

But the episode which hurt the elderly Duke most was the one in which his father blamed him for his sister's death in a plane crash.

Royal experts told the Mail Philip was deeply hurt by how the 1937 death of Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark was portrayed in the drama – renewing calls for Netflix to apologise and add a disclaimer about fictional events.

Sally, 72, insists Philip "had nothing to do with his sister’s death" and there was no rift with his father.

"Cecilie did die in an air crash but that’s the only thing that was true," she added. "Everything else was invented in a shockingly malicious way."

The Royal Family announced in a statement on Friday that the Duke of Edinburgh, who had been married to the Queen for 73 years and described as her constant strength, passed away peacefully.

The Queen revealed the sad news at noon and revealed her "deep sorrow".

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