'The Crown' stars Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies, who played Prince Philip, pay respects to the Duke of Edinburgh

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Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies both played Prince Philip on Netflix's "The Crown." Robert Viglasky and Sophie Mutevelian/Netflix
  • Prince Philip died April 9, aged 99, at Windsor Castle.

  • Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies both played Philip on Netflix's "The Crown."

  • "Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it," Smith said in a statement to Us Weekly.

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Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies, who both played Prince Philip on Netflix's hit series "The Crown," have spoken out about the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.

"I'd like to offer my condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family," Smith, who played Prince Philip on the first two seasons of the Netflix show said in a statement to Us Weekly.

"Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it. 99 and out, but what an innings. And what style. Thank you for your service old chap - it won't be the same without you," Smith added.

Philip died the morning of April 9 at Windsor Castle. He was 99.

Buckingham Palace made the announcement Friday morning in a statement obtained by Insider.

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Tobias Menzies plays Prince Philip on seasons three and four of "The Crown." Sophie Mutevelian / Netflix

Menzies, who took over the role of Prince Philip on the following two seasons of "The Crown," shared a quote from Shakespeare on social media.

"If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I'm fairly sure he wouldn't want an actor who portrayed him on TV giving their opinion on his life, so I'll leave it to Shakespeare. 'O good old man! how well in thee appears The constant service of the antique world...' RIP," Menzies tweeted.

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Smith and Menzies are two of many celebrities and public figures, ranging from Sir Richard Branson to "Star Trek" actor George Takei, who have shared their reactions to the Duke of Edinburgh's death.

"Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television and the production team on 'The Crown' are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh," the streaming service and production companies said in a separate statement. "Our thoughts are with the royal family at this sad time."

"The Crown" is set to start filming its fifth season this summer, which should cover the events of the early '90s.

Elizabeth Debicki will join the cast to play an aged up Princess Diana. Jonathan Pryce will play Prince Philip for the show's final two seasons.

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