The Crown Series 4 FIRST LOOK: Tom Byrne films inaugural scenes as Prince Andrew

Tom Byrne has filmed his first scenes as Prince Andrew for The Crown's fourth season.

The rising star, 25, was rumoured to be playing the scandal-ridden prince, with his appearance on set this week confirming the reports.

Tom was seen portraying the Duke of York as a young man, taking part in Buckingham Palace's annual Easter egg hunt.

First day on set: Tom Byrne has filmed his first scenes as Prince Andrew for The Crown's fourth season

Pinup: Tom will play Prince Andrew during his days as a popular pinup. Pictured in 1978

Tom Byrne has filmed his first scenes as Prince Andrew for The Crown's fourth season

Dressed in a stone blazer over a jade green sweater, maroon tie, white shirt and mustard slacks, Tom was seen laughing with co-stars as they took part in the festive garden game.

The scenes will act as a prelude to Andrew's marriage to Sarah Ferguson, his future-ex-wife.

Prince Andrew was 26 when he married Fergie - just a year older than actor Tom is now.

Tom is a graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and was only this week rumoured to be playing Andrew in his days as a youthful, popular pinup.

Confirmed: The rising star, 25, was rumoured to be playing the scandal-ridden prince, with his appearance on set this week confirming the reports

Confirmed: The rising star, 25, was rumoured to be playing the scandal-ridden prince, with his appearance on set this week confirming the reports

On the hunt: Tom was seen portraying the Duke of York as a young man, taking part in Buckingham Palace's annual Easter egg hunt

On the hunt: Tom was seen portraying the Duke of York as a young man, taking part in Buckingham Palace's annual Easter egg hunt

Interview: Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal life last year after a disastrous interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Pictured with Queen Elizabeth II in 2017

Interview: Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal life last year after a disastrous interview about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. Pictured with Queen Elizabeth II in 2017

Prince Andrew was forced to step down from royal life last year after his disastrous Newsnight interview with Emily Maitlis about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. 

Andrew, 60, and Epstein, who killed himself awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges aged 66 last year, became friends through Epstein's ex-girlfriend and 'madame' Ghislaine Maxwell.

Virginia Roberts Guiffre, who now lives in Australia, claims she had sex with Prince Andrew three times, including once when she was 17.

She says he was groomed by Maxwell and became paedophile Epstein's sex slave.

Andrew, a father-of-two, denies having any relationship with her whatsoever and claims a photograph of them together in London has been doctored.

Meanwhile, Josh O'Connor was recently seen returning to his role as Prince Andrew's brother Prince Charles as he shot scenes for the drama at London's British Museum. 

Dad: The scandal-ridden Royal is the father of Princesses Princess Eugenie, left, and Princess Beatrice, right. Pictured in April 2011

Dad: The scandal-ridden Royal is the father of Princesses Princess Eugenie, left, and Princess Beatrice, right. Pictured in April 2011

The actor, 29, looked dapper for the scene, wearing a dark grey blazer and matching trousers along with a pale blue shirt and a dark, patterned tie.

Josh looked well and truly in character for the scene, which comes after his co-star Emma Corrin, who plays Princess Diana, has

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