The Crown’s portrayal of Princess Margaret was ‘disappointing’

The Crown’s portrayal of Princess Margaret was ‘disappointing’ and even Helena Bonham Carter agreed, says late royal’s close friend Lady Anne Glenconner

  • Lady Anne Glenconner discussed Princess Margaret’s portrayal in The Crown
  • She said the show doesn’t need to ’embroider’ the truth to be appeal to viewers 
  • Added that Helena Bonham Carter agreed show’s depiction was ‘disappointing’

Lady Anne Glenconner, who was Princess Margaret‘s friend and lady-in-waiting throughout her life, opened up about The Crown on today’s This Morning. 

The royal aide, who turned 90 this year and has been making waves with her explosive new book Whatever Next, told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that Netflix doesn’t need to ’embroider’ the truth to be appealing to viewers. 

The socialite, who was married to Colin Tennant, Baron Glenconner from 1956 until his death in 2010, and was a dear friend of Queen Elizabeth’s sister, said she has found the show’s portrayal of Margaret to be untrue and ‘hurtful.’ 

She added that actress Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret in the third and fourth series of the show, admitted to her that she found Netflix’s portrayal of Margaret was ‘disappointing.’ 

Lady Anne went on to say that while she doubts the royal watch the show, she called Netflix out for ‘hurting’ them with untrue claims, particularly about the late Duke of Edinburgh. 

Pictured: Anne and Princess Margaret with Colin Tennant, left, in 1977. The pair were friends for all of Margaret's life

Pictured: Anne and Princess Margaret with Colin Tennant, left, in 1977. The pair were friends for all of Margaret’s life 

Lady Anne Glenconner, who turned 90 this year and has been making waves with her explosive new book Whatever Next, told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that Netflix's The Crown doesn't need to 'embroider' the truth to be appealing to viewers

Lady Anne Glenconner, who turned 90 this year and has been making waves with her explosive new book Whatever Next, told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that Netflix’s The Crown doesn’t need to ’embroider’ the truth to be appealing to viewers

The aristocrat admitted to Phil and Holly that she had enjoyed The Crown’s earlier episodes, but that it ‘somehow went ‘terribly off-piste.’

‘I know from my own experience, being in The Crown, it wasn’t true at all.’

She spoke specifically about a pool party scene where her character appeared with Princess Margaret and she said made it seem like she was ‘pimping’ for the royal. 

‘Of course that didn’t happen. I don’t know why they had to do that. The real thing about the royal family is so interesting. They don’t have to embroider it,’ she said. 

Helena Bonham-Carter and Nancy Carroll, right, played Princess Margaret and Anne in the third series of The Crown

Helena Bonham-Carter and Nancy Carroll, right, played Princess Margaret and Anne in the third series of The Crown 

She said she talked to Helena Bonham Carter about her performance on the show after it was released by Netflix. 

‘Afterwards, I said to her, “a bit disappointing, wasn’t it?” And she replied “yes, but I’m an actress, I have to do what’s written”,’ she added. 

Asked by Phil whether she thinks the show is damaging to the members of the royal family, Anne said: ‘I think it does hurt,’ before adding: ‘I don’t think they watch it, 

‘The one thing I minded was when Prince Philip was accused of killing his sister, which was completely untrue, that’s so hurting,’ she said. 

The socialite told Phil and Holly, left, that she finds the Crown hurtful and 'completely untrue' in parts

The socialite told Phil and Holly, left, that she finds the Crown hurtful and ‘completely untrue’ in parts 

The aristocrat with her husband, Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner in 1955, when they were newly weds. Anne has opened up about her late husband's abusive tendencies in her new book, Whatever Next

The aristocrat with her husband, Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner in 1955, when they were newly weds. Anne has opened up about her late husband’s abusive tendencies in her new book, Whatever Next 

She was referencing an episode of the show’s second series where The Crown implies that Prince Philip’s older sister Cecilie died in a plane crash because she was flying to the UK to see him, because he had misbehaved in school.

Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark died in a horrific plane crash aged 26 in 1937, with her husband Georg Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and their four children. 

They had been travelling to the UK to attend the wedding of Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine. 

‘Those two events were completely separate,’ Lady Glenconner stressed. 

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