Matt Smith breaks his silence on being paid more than ‘The Queen’.

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For the first time since we learned ‘The Queen’ was a victim to gender pay inequality on the Netflix series The Crown, co-star Matt Smith, who played the higher-earning but much-less-important Prince Philip, has addressed the issue.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Smith said the actress who played The Queen, Claire Foy, is a “good friend” and he believes they should have been paid equally.

“Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all,” he said.

“I support her completely, and I’m pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that’s what needed to happen.

“Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries.”

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News of the imbalance broke on March 13 when the series’ producers Suzanne Mackie and Andy Harries acknowledged to a panel event in Jerusalem that Smith took home more than Foy, despite being in a supporting role.

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“Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen,” Mackie said at the time.

At the end of March, Foy addressed the discrepancy herself.

“I’m surprised because I’m at the centre of it, and anything that I’m at the centre of like that is very, very odd, and feels very, very out of ordinary,” Foy told EW.

“I’m not surprised that people saw [the story] and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the centre [of a story] that you didn’t particularly ask for.”

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