Gearing up for her role as Princess Margaret on The Crown, Helena Bonham Carter claims she managed to get Princess Margaret’s blessing from beyond the grave.
At the recent Cheltenham Literature Festival, Bonham Carter told attendees that she talked to the deceased princess herself–through a psychic reader, of course.
The actress will portray Princess Margaret in seasons 3 and 4 of the hit Netflix original drama series The Crown, which is set to begin again in November. The show centers on Queen Elizabeth II’s life and reign, starting in the 1940s. And while the Queen’s younger sister, Margaret, has previously appeared in seasons 1 and 2, Bonham Carter is taking over the role from Vanessa Kirby.
Bonham Carter wanted to be as accurate as possible, so the actress went above and beyond in her research. She read all of the biographies, talked to friends, ladies-in-waiting, and relatives of the late princess.
But not satisfied to leave it at that, Bonham Carter took it a step further and also consulted with an astrologer, a graphologist, and a psychic.
Apparently, she wasn’t satisfied until she could talk to Princess Margaret herself. You see, the princess died 17 years ago at the age of 71 following a stroke. Clearly, Helena Bonham Carter is not one to let the line between the living and dead stand in her way.
“My main thing when you play someone who is real, you kind of want their blessing because you have a responsibility,” she explained at the Cheltenham Literature Festival.
According to the actress, she got what she needed when she asked Margaret if she was okay with her taking the role, because Margaret gave her blessing… sort of.
“She said: ‘You’re better than the other actress'” Bonham Carter claims Margaret told her, adding, “that made me think maybe she is here, because that is a classic Margaret thing to say. She was really good at complimenting you and putting you down at the same time.”
Princess Margaret also gave the actress some tips, saying that the actress needs to “brush up and be more groomed and neater.” She also apparently made sure to tell Bonham Carter, “Get the smoking right. I smoked in a very particular way. Remember that–this is a big note–the cigarette holder was as much a weapon for expression as it was for smoking.”
I guess we’ll have to wait until season 3 of the show hits Netflix on November 17th to see if Bonham Carter made use of Princess Margaret’s advice.