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


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Dame Anne Glenconner, who has been Princess Margaret’s lifelong friend and lady-in-waiting, opened up about The Crown this morning.

The aide to the royal family, who turned 90 this year and has been creating a buzz with her explosive new book Whatever Next, told Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield that Netflix doesn’t need to ’embroider’ the truth to be attractive to viewers.

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

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

Dame Anne went on to say that while she questions the royal watching the show, she has contacted Netflix for being “hurt” by untrue allegations, particularly about the late Duke of Edinburgh.

Pictured: Anne and Princess Margaret with Colin Tennant, left, in 1977. The couple were friends throughout Margaret’s life

Lady Anne Glenconner, who turned 90 this year and has been creating a buzz with her explosive new book Whatever Next, told Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield that The Crown doesn't need to 'embroider' the truth to be attractive to viewers.

Lady Anne Glenconner, who turned 90 this year and has been creating a buzz with her explosive new book Whatever Next, told Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield that The Crown doesn’t need to ’embroider’ the truth to be attractive to viewers.

Aristocrat admits to Phil and Holly that she enjoyed previous episodes of The Crown, but that she “somehow went” terribly off piste. “

“I know from my own experience, being in The Crown, that this was not true at all.”

She specifically spoke about a pool party scene where her character appeared with Princess Margaret and said it made it look like she was “pimping” the Queen.

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

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

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

She said she spoke to Helena Bonham Carter about her performance in the show after it was launched by Netflix.

After that, I said to her: “A little frustrating, isn’t it?” She replied, “Yes, but I’m an actress, I have to do what’s written,” she added.

When asked by Phil if she thought the show was hurting the royals, Anne said: “I think it hurts,” before adding: “I don’t think they watch it,

“The only thing I thought about was when Prince Philip was accused of killing his sister, which is absolutely untrue, and it hurts so much,” she said.

Socialite told Phil and Holly, left, that she found the crown painful and

The socialite told Phil and Holly, left, that she found the crown painful and “totally incorrect” in parts

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

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

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

They were traveling to the United Kingdom to attend the wedding of Louis, Prince of Hesse, and on the Rhine.

“These two events were entirely separate,” Lady Glenconner stressed.

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