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Helena Bonham Carter reveals hilarious real life meeting with Princess Margaret 

Helena is now playing Princess Margaret in The Crown

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Emmy Griffiths
Emmy GriffithsTV & Film Editor
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Helena Bonham Carter has taken over the role from Vanessa Kirby for season three of The Crown, but little did we know that she already had first-hand experience in how best to portray the Queen's younger sister! Helena revealed that she did in fact meet the late royal as a youngster, and that the Princess complimented the star's acting skills. Chatting to Entertainment Weekly, she explained: My uncle was actually very close to her. She was pretty scary. At one point, she met me at Windsor Castle and she said, 'You are getting better, aren’t you?'"

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Helena opened up about meeting Princess Margaret

During the behind-the-scenes interview, Helena's new onscreen husband, Ben Daniels, who plays Lord 'Tony' Snowdon, opened up about how season three will portray the couple's infamously tumultuous relationship. Ben explained: "They’re such extraordinary people. Completely addicted to each other. Even right up until the minute they were getting divorced, they still had a really strong physical relationship. People often said that it was like foreplay for them, having a big row."

READ: All the events that we can expect to see in The Crown season three

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Ben Daniels plays Lord Snowdon

The Sweeney Todd actress previously opened up about playing the role to HELLO!, explaining: "We both don't pretend. She was someone who didn't feign, she was utterly honest and if she felt something she would say it. I can often have no filter which often gets me into trouble. But there's a lot which isn't similar which is hard!" She added that she is also a similar stature to the Princess, joking: "We're short when we're not wearing heels!" Speaking about taking over from Vanessa, who won a BAFTA for her portrayal of Margaret, Helena said: "I'm not sure which I'm more terrified about - doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby's Princess Margaret."

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