Equal pay isn't even guaranteed for the Queen.
'Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen, ' said Mackie.
For it's third season, the show is also facing recasting almost its entire lineup of actors, something few series have done: Olivia Colman will step in as the Queen, replacing Emmy nominee Claire Foy; Helena Bonham-Carter will play Princess Margaret. In 2017, Foy won best lead actress in a drama at the Golden Globes, and she was nominated for the same honor in 2018. Foy received high praise for her portrayal of the restrained monarch, in which she nailed everything from the queen's posh accent to her physical poise. According to Variety, Claire was paid around $40,000 per episode during Seasons 1 and 2 of The Crown.
While the producers vowed to pay the their leading lady more in the future, Foy will not be the one to benefit from the change. Olivia Colman will succeed Foy as the queen; it has not yet been announced who will replace Smith as Prince Philip.More news: Tiger Woods To Serve As Captain For Presidents Cup
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"She's great", Foy said about the news on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon in December.
We too frequently underpay women and underestimate their talent, yet lament when they don't have "star power".
"Seasons 3 and 4 will be the test of whether the show really has the legs to survive", Harries said, per Variety.
The Crown is one of the most expensive television shows ever produced, costing a reported $130 million for the first season. "It's daunting but exciting and I hope it'll keep the series fresh and really of interest to people". And as for Meghan Markle, "She can play herself". Tituss Burgess reportedly made $90,000 per episode for the Netflix comedy "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", which has had 13 episodes per season.