"Going forward", Mackie said Tuesday, "no one gets paid more than the Queen".
The Crown's salary news is just the latest instance of Hollywood's egregious wage gap.
It's not like Claire Foy had no experience - she was also nominated for several awards for "Wolf Hall" - but she wasn't as high profile as Matt Smith. It is not known at this time how much more Matt was paid for his work on the series.
Foy, 33, played the young Elizabeth in the first two seasons of the series and Smith played the Duke of Edinburgh.
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The explanation has not appeased critics who argued that the discrepancy should only have shown up in the first season, before Foy was garlanded with awards and acclaim.
But considering Foy's Queen Elizabeth is the anchor and driving force of the show, it's baffling that Smith would still be paid more than her in the second season.
Series three of "The Crown" will jump forward to the mid-1970s and the producers are recasting the main roles to accommodate for the leap - meaning Claire's time on the show has already come to an end.
There has been no official confirmation yet about who will be playing Prince Phillip, who has been played by Matt Smith for the last two seasons.
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According to Vanity Fair, "The Crown" is one of television's most expensive shows with a per-episode budget of at least $7 million.
While there's no doubt that Smith was a bigger name than Foy when the show began, there's equally no doubt that Foy's role is both larger and more complex, seeing as she is the literal Queen.
Claire Foy was reportedly paid $40k per episode, while her predecessor, Olivia Colman, will apparently be pocketing more when she takes the crown.
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