Kate Middleton and Prince William, like millions around the world, are big fans of the period drama Downton Abbey.
The announcement is sure to give the show an additional boost in ratings since everything the couple does is emulated by thousands of followers.
News that the royal couple watches the series was disclosed on Watch What Happens Live! when Downton Abbey cast members Rob James-Collier (Thomas), Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore), Allen Leech, and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith) made an appearance to promote the period drama.
While talking to host Andy Cohen, it was revealed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became fans of the hit series after Prince George was born.
Allen Leech said he met Prince William and was told the Royal Couple spends some down time (no pun intended) watching the hit series.
“I was actually at an event last week with Prince William, now the Duke of Cambridge, so yeah — I met him last week, shook his hand,” Leech commented. “He actually said, ‘I’m a big fan of the show — only now that my wife’s had a baby.’”
Leech explained that now that the couple has a baby, they have to spend more of their day at home.
“Obviously he’s now got a lot of down time, so (Kate’s) gone, ‘I’m watching this and you’re watching it with me,’” Leech said of Prince William’s and Kate Middleton.
Downton Abbey is currently airing its fourth season in the UK, which has brought some major adjustments.
At the end of Season 3, one of the main characters, Matthew Crawley, played by British actor Dan Stevens, was killed in a car crash in the very last scene of the season finale, which aired on Christmas Day in England.
This left fans heartbroken and led to backlash on social media directed at the handsome star, who is currently in the US pursuing other opportunities. He recently starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate.
Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes was also criticized for ending one of the key players in the series in such a way. However, the writer said it couldn’t be helped, and the only way to move forward was to kill Matthew.
We will watch Downton Abbey’s ratings closely to see if there is a spike in the already record number of viewers after the revelation that none other than Kate Middleton and Prince William are fans of the series.
Season 4 of Downton Abbey comes to the US on January 5, 2014 and will be aired on PBS.