The Crown denies “struggling” to find a Prince Andrew

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Photo credit: Paul Kane - Getty Images

The team behind Netflix hit The Crown has denied "struggling" to cast the part of Prince Andrew for the show's upcoming season, which will see a switch in actors portraying the famous royal characters.

The fifth season has already announced the casting of Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, who is replacing Emma Corrin, and Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth, who is taking over from Olivia Colman.

However, Prince Andrew is one role yet to be filled. The Crown team has been advertising on aspiring actor database Spotlight for an actor to fill the role, leading to speculation that they are struggling to fill the part.

The role will portray Prince Andrew when he was in his thirties, taking over from Tom Bryn, who played a younger Prince Andrew in the fourth season.

A spokesperson for The Crown said in a statement: “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.”

Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images
Photo credit: Dan Kitwood - Getty Images

Prince Andrew stepped down from royal duties in 2019 after a Newsnight interview detailed his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

"It has become clear to me over the last few days that the circumstances relating to my former association with Jeffrey Epstein has become a major disruption to my family's work and the valuable work going on in the many organisations and charities I am proud to support," he said in a statement via Buckingham Palace at the time.

He went on to express regret at his "ill-judged association with Jeffrey Epstein", before offering his sympathies to "everyone who has been affected and wants some closure".

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