– Helena Bonham Carter plays Princess Margaret in Season 3 of The Crown.
– The actress has revealed that her uncle once dated the real Princess Margaret.
– Carter also consulted a psychic ahead of taking on the royal role, to seek Princess Margaret’s approval.
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Helena Bonham Carter is the new Princess Margaret on The Crown, and it seems that the actress has a very personal connection to the iconic royal.
In an interview at the Cheltenham Literary Festival (via The Sun), Carter said that “something happened” when her uncle served as a Grenadier Guard in Windsor. Per the Sweeney Todd actress, “Uncle Mark escaped as a prisoner in Italy in the Second World War. They didn’t send him away again, they put him at Windsor and he guarded Princess Margaret and Elizabeth.”
The star also revealed, “I have photos of them together. They looked dashing and remained good friends.” So while any sort of romantic relationship was likely short-lived, Carter maintained a familial connection to the royal family. Referring to the fact that she has now played Princess Margaret onscreen, Carter joked, “It’s weird, I basically went out with my uncle.”
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Back in August, Carter revealed to Entertainment Weekly, “My uncle was actually very close to [Princess Margaret].” The actress even got to meet the princess and told the publication, “She was pretty scary. At one point, she met me at Windsor Castle and she said, ‘You are getting better, aren’t you?'” Carter guessed that the royal was referring to her acting skills. “I presume that’s what she meant,” she explained.
According to The Guardian, Carter also revealed during her Cheltenham Literature Festival appearance that she consulted a psychic ahead of The Crown, to gain Princess Margaret’s permission. The actress revealed, “She said, apparently, she was glad it was me. My main thing when you play someone who is real, you kind of want their blessing because you have a responsibility.”
- This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.