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October 20, 2019

Helena Bonham Carter of 'The Crown' Talks about Her Uncle's Friendship with Princess Margaret

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Actress Helena Bonham Carter, best known for “The King’s Speech,” revealed that her uncle was very close with Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth II’s sister.

Helena got the role of Princess Margaret for the upcoming third and fourth seasons of “The Crown,” the Netflix historical TV series that follows the reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

“[Margaret] said, apparently, she was glad it was me.”


Helena’s uncle was “very close” to Princess Margaret

During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actress confessed that her uncle was “very close to her.”

Helena even pointed out that Princess Margaret met her once at a reception at Windsor Castle, and told her, “you are getting better, aren’t you?” referring to her acting abilities.

Helena Bonham Carter on October 7, 2015 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


In a different interview with The Sun, the actress shared more details about the relationship between Princess Margaret and her uncle, whose name is Mark.

Helena said that Mark was a prisoner in Italy in WWII and, instead of sending him back, he was placed as a Grenadier Guard at Windsor, where he guarded Princess Margaret and Elizabeth.

Helena Bonham Carter on May 09, 2019 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


She said Mark and Margaret were romantically involved

The “Sweeney Todd” star also said that “something happened” between Margaret and Mark, suggesting that they were romantically involved, at least briefly.

Apart from that, she admitted to having photos of them wherein they looked “dashing.” Despite their alleged relationship, they remained good friends.

Mark Bonham Carter and and Leslie, Lady St. Just on June 30, 1955 in London | Source: Getty Images


Mark and Margaret ended up marrying different people. In Mark’s case, he became a publisher and tied the knot with Leslie, Lady St. Just, in 1955. Together, they had three daughters: Jane, Virginia, and Eliza.

Princess Margaret, on the other hand, married Anthony Armstrong-Jones, made Earl of Snowdon. It was the first royal wedding to be broadcast on TV. Together, they had two children: David Viscount Linley and Lady Sarah.

Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon circa 1990 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


Getting ready for the role

To play Margaret in the best possible way, Helena read biographies, talked to her friends, and even consulted an astrologer, a graphologist, and a psychic. About her communication with Margaret through a psychic, the actress said:

“[Margaret] said, apparently, she was glad it was me. … So I asked her: ‘Are you OK with me playing you?’ and she said: ‘You’re better than the other actress.’”

Helena Bonham Carter on June 13, 2018 in London, England | Source: Getty Images


Apart from that, the royal, who passed away in February 2002, reportedly shared some pieces of advice with the actress, saying that she needed to “brush up and be more groomed and neater,” and to get the smoking right.

The third season of “The Crown” is expected to be released on November 17, 2019. Helena will work next to Olivia Colman (Queen Elizabeth II) and Tobias Menzies (Prince Philip).