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    Queen’s Paycheck Trails Husband’s in Netflix Series

    She is not amused. Ahead of the third season of The Crown, the show’s creators admitted Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth II, was paid less than Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip. The #MeToo movement has renewed discussion about the gender pay gap in the entertainment industry, but the creators pointed to Smith’s previous high-profile role on Doctor Who to justify the discrepancy. Both actors will be replaced in the coming season, and creative director Suzanne Mackie noted, “Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.”

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