Tobias Menzies of the Crown wants to eliminate the monarchy and may reject the OBE.
According to newly discovered stories, Tobias Menzies, who played Prince Phillip in the third and fourth seasons of The Crown, has stated that he wants to destroy the monarchy and would consider declining an OBE if offered one.
On Tuesday, the actor received his first Emmy nomination for his role as the Duke of Edinburgh in the smash Netflix drama about the Royal Family.
Mr Menzies’ nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series was one of 24 for The Crown, which also included nominations for Olivia Colman, Emma Corrin, Josh O’Connor, Gillian Anderson, Helena Bonham Carter, and Emerald Fennell for acting. The show, which has already won ten Emmys, was tied for the most nominations this year with Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian, and both shows are up for Best Drama Series.
“This is amazing!” said Mr. O’Connor, who played Mr. Menzies’ on-screen son Prince Charles, in response to the nominations.
“I’d want to express my gratitude to the Academy for this wonderful send-off.
“Being a part of this lovely family for the past three years has been such an honor, and sharing this recognition today with Emma, Olivia, Gillian, Helena, Emerald, Tobias, Peter Morgan, and the whole cast and crew of The Crown means the world.”
Ms Colman and Mr Menzies make their Broadway debuts as the Queen and her prickly but humorous husband, respectively, in 2019.
Mr Menzies, though, underlined in an interview weeks before his Netflix debut that he remained a “republican” and did not support the monarchy.
Mr Menzies, who went to fee-paying schools before enrolling at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, also stated that royal life would be “extremely boring” and that he would reject an OBE because of his institutional privilege issues.
“I’m still more of a republican, and naturally I don’t appreciate the concept of hereditary power,” he told Radio Times.
“However, considering the lack of power associated with that position, it would be a good idea.
“I would really consider declining an OBE.
“I don’t agree with the honours system on principle.
“It appears to entrench privilege.”
Despite not always being comfortable in his position as the Queen’s husband, the actor made care to express his appreciation for Philip, thanking him for working hard and being energetic in his duties.
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