Dominic West rented out Prince Charles’s country house for research

  • Actor Dominic West said he met Prince Charles several times before playing him in “The Crown” Season 5.
  • After landing the part, West conducted extensive research to accurately portray Charles.
  • West told Entertainment Weekly that the investigation involved renting out one of Charles’ vacation homes in Cornwall, England.

To prepare for his fantasy royal duties, “The Crown” actor Dominic West rented one of Prince Charles’s Cornish cottages. Before playing the then-prince in the Netflix series, West told Entertainment Weekly that he spent time at Charles’ estate in Cornwall, England.

“I would go there for a week, just to continue my reading and research, to walk and think about him and be in a place [imbued] from his personality. I went to Highgrove [Charles’ private residence] also participated in a garden tour there. So I really enjoyed the travel aspects and going to the places where it worked,” West said in the report.

While at the property, West revealed to Entertainment Weekly that he told everyone there about the prince. “What I found was that there are a huge number of places where it worked,” he told EW.

After purchasing a dog from a local farm in the Bath area of ​​England, West realized that the farm also belonged to Charles. “I asked the owner and she said, ‘Oh yeah, he comes here quite often.’ She had pictures of him walking around the farm,” West told the report.

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Dominic West plays Prince Charles in ‘The Crown’.

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The actor called Charles’ approach “amazing” and told EW that “absolutely everyone” in the general field has met him. “Either he’s a farmer or an actor. I met a girl who restored buildings in Beijing, another who restored houses in Transylvania. Everyone had met him,” the actor said.

In addition to traveling and talking to real people, West read books and biographies about the royals. The actor told Entertainment Weekly that he also built extensive interviews and media coverage.

“I took advantage of The Crown’s massive investigative department. They sent me many videos, many interviews. I mean, it’s the thing about him: There’s so much about him, and every moment of his life has been scrutinized and recorded, so there’s a lot to go on,” West told EW.

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