“I feel sorry for her,” Smith, 35, said at a talk moderated by Vanity Fair’s Mike Hogan at the 92nd St Y. “It’s such a transition in her life, and it’s such a huge thing to take on. Life as she knows it is gone. But hey, she’s marrying the prince of Britain — how exciting for her.”
Claire Foy, who portrays Queen Elizabeth on the Netflix series, has a more positive take on the subject.
“You realize the fact that Elizabeth forbade her sister from marrying a divorced man; it goes to show how time has changed and how they’ve had to evolve,” said Foy, alluding to Markle’s divorce from Trevor Engelson in 2013. “And they really have. This would not have been conceivable, this would not have happened 50 years ago.”
Foy, 33, added: “I think that’s why the monarchy will survive, and thrive, because it’s willing to change and listen to the people and realize that some elements of the institution are outdated and unnecessary.”
Though Smith may not be focusing on the upside of Markle’s upcoming nuptials, Foy is.
“And she’s an actress, so there’s hope for us all,” Foy declared.