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    What Was The Dominic West And Lily James Scandal?

    The trailer for the new season of Netflix’s Royal Family drama ‘The Crown’ is here. In the new season, the focus is on the Princess Diana story. The ‘Les Misérables’ actor Dominic West will sketch the reel life of Prince Charles. Before the hit series, he also starred in another British period drama ‘Downton Abbey’ which also started his rumored affair Lily James.

    The two also starred in the 2021 mini-series ‘The Pursuit Of Love’ based on a trilogy with the same title authored by Nancy Mitford. In the series, West plays Uncle Matthew, who is the father of Lily James’ character Linda Radlett. Things couldn’t get more awkward, right? It got worse when pictures of him and Lily surfaced online which caused a stir.  What was the controversy?

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    Why Was Dominic West And Lily James’ Romantic Getaway Scandalous?

    Dominic West and Lily James in Italy
    Dominic West and Lily James in Italy

    ‘The Pursuit Of Love’ was not the first time that the actors worked together. Dominic and Lily portrayed Iago and Desdemona in the stage adaptation of ‘Othello’. While shooting for the mini-series, the two took a break and went for a romantic getaway to Rome in October 2020. Pictures of West and James surfaced online, where they were spotted indulging in PDA, holding hands, sharing the same bike, eating, and going out and about in the romantic city.

    The pictures did not sit well with the netizens. The actor who was spotted with Lily married Catherine Fitzgerald in 2010. When the pictures surfaced, people sensed tension between the married couple. In the initial days after the leak, West reassured the media that their marriage is strong and they are still together. However, as per the reports of The Sun, Catherine informed the near and dear ones that she is “ready to pull the plug”. A family friend informed the outlet that “Catherine has told those closest to her that Dominic has admitted having feelings for Lily.”

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    “You’ve Got The Wrong Guy”: The Actor Initially Turned Down The Role Of Prince Charles

    Dominic West as Prince Charles
    Dominic West as Prince Charles

    The trailer for the new season of ‘The Crown’ is here. The ‘Affair’ actor will sketch the role of Prince Charles in the series. Though the series had mixed reviews, people unanimously agreed to the casting of Dominic West. However, the actor turned down the role when the producers offered him. In an interview, he said that he told the showrunner, Peter Morgan, “You’ve got the wrong guy. I don’t look anything like him.”

    Another reason he cited was that he was intimidated by Josh O’Connor’s portrayal of the current monarch of the U.K. He said, “I’d been watching the show, I’d been a fan from the start. I was very conscious of Josh’s amazing performance, and his amazing success, and thought it was a bit of a hiding to nothing to try to follow that.” Connor won an Emmy for the role.

    Consequently, the actor came to terms with the offer as it was not leaving his head. West said, “I thought about it for several weeks, and it was one of those things you can’t get out of your head. I realized that you’ve got to give it a go because you’ll regret it if you don’t.”

    Talking about Prince Charles, he said, “He’s a fascinating man, Charles, and it’s a fascinating life, and a fascinating role. I mean, apart from anything else, it’s a huge show, and I loved the first four seasons. I realized that I could very happily live with this character for two years.”

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    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise
    Nishant Bhise is a Sub-Editor at FirstCuriosity. He has more than 2 years of experience in Entertainment content writing with the organization. Besides being a journalist and humanist, he loves cinema and intersectionality, basically everything that screams love, hope, and of course, Lady Gaga. Nishant loves and breathes popular culture, music, especially hip-hop and pop, and the royal family drama. Along with that, he takes great interest in the happenings in the technology world and politics. He is an LGBTQIA+ ally. Approach him with an apple juice to discuss Modern Family, Pose, and Schitt’s Creek.

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