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Dominic West Explains Why He Refused to Let Senan West Reprise Prince William Role in ‘The Crown’ Season 6

Actor Dominic West recently turned down the opportunity for his son, Senan West, to portray Prince William for the second time on the popular Netflix series, ‘The Crown’. The 54-year-old, known for his role as Prince Charles in the sixth and final season, cited a heartbreaking scene involving the death of Princess Diana as the reason for not wanting his son to be a part of it.

West’s Reason for Forbidding Senan from Portraying William in ‘The Crown’ Season 6

One of the emotional scenes in ‘The Crown’ Season 6 involves West, as King Charles III, breaking the heart-wrenching news to his young sons, Prince William and Prince Harry, about the tragic death of Princess Diana. This scene was the primary reason why West was hesitant about Senan reprising his role as William in the series.

As West revealed in an interview with The Times, he didn’t want to face the difficult task of portraying the moment at Balmoral, explaining, “I didn’t fancy doing the scene at Balmoral, telling a boy his mother has died.”

Despite Senan’s successful portrayal of William in the previous season, West was uncertain about his son having to tackle such a heavy and emotional role in Season 6. Although he acknowledged his son’s eagerness to continue, West ultimately opted to keep Senan away from the distressing storyline.

Dominic West’s Son Senan in ‘The Crown’ Season 5

Senan delivered a convincing performance as a “slightly older” Prince William in the last episodes of ‘The Crown’ Season 5. This marked Senan’s debut acting role, earned after a taped audition through his agent. Despite being proud of his son’s accomplishment, West was hesitant about the toll a more emotional role would have on Senan in the subsequent season.

Character Role Changes and Developments in ‘The Crown’ Season 6

Season 6 of ‘The Crown’ showcases the shift to older versions of Prince William and Prince Harry, with different actors portraying them. The initial episodes depict Rufus Kampa and Fflyn Edwards as young William and Harry, highlighting the tragic death of Princess Diana. Subsequently, the season introduces Ed McVey and Luther Ford as slightly older, young adult versions of William and Harry.

Additionally, Meg Bellamy is featured as a young Kate Middleton, depicting her romance with William at St. Andrew’s University.


Micheal Kurt

I earned a bachelor's degree in exercise and sport science from Oregon State University. He is an avid sports lover who enjoys tennis, football, and a variety of other activities. He is from Tucson, Arizona, and is a huge Cardinals supporter.

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