As Downton Abbey prepares to return to our screens this weekend, Radio Times has been talking to one of the stars of the show, Michelle Dockery, about a royal coincidence...
When newly-widowed Lady Mary reappears on ITV this Sunday we will get to properly meet the new heir to Downton, a little baby boy who just happens to share his name with the newest member of the British royal family, Prince George.
The royal birth "had nothing to do with it" insists Dockery, in this week's Radio Times magazine. "We filmed the first episode back in January when we didn't even know Kate was pregnant.
"The day we saw the headlines with the name of the new Prince was an amazing moment, I couldn't believe it at first, but the royal couple are fans of the show, so who knows...?"
According to Dockery, it's not just baby names that link Downton Abbey with the British monarchy. The association with the royal family is the key to the success of the ITV drama in the US, too.
"They don't have an aristocracy so they've got this endless fascination with ours," said Dockery. "They see a link with Kate and Will's wedding, the Queen's jubilee and the royal birth. All these events happened around the same time Downton Abbey was being broadcast in the US and the audiences there see it as a window onto how the royal family lives."
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