The Duchess of Cornwall got to meet the star of the gritty Danish crime drama during a visit to the set today.
But when the royal couple want to settle down in front of the television together, their rather unexpected choice of viewing, it turns out, is the gritty, expletive-laded Danish crime drama The Killing.
The Duchess admitted she and the Prince were “addicted” to the cult TV series when she met its star, Sofie Grabol, on a trip to the set in Copenhagen.
The Prince missed out on the visit because he had another engagement to fulfil, but admitted that the show was “one of the only things we can agree on seeing together”.
The Duchess, who specifically asked for the visit to be added to her itinerary during the couple’s official tour of Denmark, could not hide her excitement as she chatted with Miss Grabol, who plays the single-minded detective Sarah Lund.
After being told the cast were filming the climax to the eagerly-awaited third series, when Sarah Lund will finally unmask a murderer, the Duchess grabbed Miss Grabol’s pistol, pointed it at members of the press and declared: “It was me all along!”
“It is just a toy gun,” said Miss Grabol, who plays Lund. “It weighs nothing.”
The Duchess also left with a unique souvenir as Miss Grabol, whose character always wears a Faroese jumper, presented the Duchess with her very own Sarah Lund sweater.
“It’s fantastic!” said the Duchess, who was clearly itching to put it on. “Do NOT lose it!” she said as she handed it to an aide.
Miss Grabol even seemed a touch envious of the cardigan, saying: “It’s nice and soft. Why is it much softer than mine? It’s a better one!”
As the Duchess was shown around the location where part of the third series of the drama is being filmed – a scrapyard on the outskirts of Copenhagen – the Duchess said: “I’m an addict. I’m so excited by this.”
As she was introduced to Sarah Lund’s new sidekick, played by Nikolaj Kaas, the Duchess said: “I hope we are going to see you again,” referring to the fact that Lund’s previous two partners were both killed off. “I hope you don’t go the same way as the others.”
The edgy whodunit hit the headlines last year when the BBC agreed to tone down the number of four-letter expletives in the English translation following complaints from viewers.
The series creator, Soren Sveistrup, who met the couple the previous day, admitted he was surprised the series was a hit in Clarence House.
“Royalty is not the kind audience you would expect,” he said. “Prince Charles told me that it was Camilla who introduced him to The Killing. He said it was one of the only things they could agree on seeing together.”
Miss Grabol said she found it astonishing that the series was so popular that visiting royalty would beg for a visit to the set to be included in their itinerary.
“I still cannot quite grasp it,” she said. “I think it is really surreal. But it’s lovely that she wanted to come here. I told her last night to wear flat shoes. This is not really an inviting place for a royal visit.
“When I met the Duchess she was just so lovely to talk to.”
Her only worry was that the day’s filming was so unexciting. “This is not really a dramatic scene. There is no action,” she said.
During the visit the Duchess was shown the wardrobe department – in reality, a small, cramped trailer – where a rack of clothes included the iconic Sarah Lund jumper collection. The jumper may have been part of the show’s appeal, but it also meant the show had two stars. “It took all the attention,” Grabol told the Duchess. “It was wearing me.”
She said: “When the series came out in Denmark everyone wanted the jumper. It is only made in the Faroe Islands, and they just could not keep up with demand.
“So the wool shops in Denmark thought they would knit some. The companies on the Faroe Islands went ballistic and said ‘We will sue you.”
“Everyone said, ‘Take it easy, it’s just a jumper.’
“But the islands are a fishing society, consisting of clans and families. Each clan has their own pattern. The men go to sea, and when they come back the women stand on the shore and see whether their sons and fathers and husbands have survived.”
Mr Sveistrup said the third series, which is set against the aftermath of the financial crisis, will be the last.
“It will be the final chapter, the last 10 episodes,” he said. “We have to stop while we are still good. We don’t want to repeat ourselves.
“We never wanted to make a never-ending story. We wanted to make something solid. Hopefully it will be just as good as the other series.”
The Duchess, who visited the set with Denmark’s Crown Princess Mary, also got a sneak peak of the jumper Miss Grabol will wear in the third series – blue with a snowflake pattern.
Miss Grabol, who tried unsuccessfully to give up her jumper in the second series, said: “It is what we spent most of the time preparing for the new season – ‘What are we going to do with the jumper?’
“It is still in the same style – but yes, it’s blue.”