Helena Bonham Carter has been cast as Princess Margaret in The Crown

'The only thing I can guarantee is that I'll be shorter.'

It’s no secret that we’re massive fans of Netflix’s The Crown and the latest casting announcement has us all in a tizzy. The series, which follows the story of Queen Elizabeth and her family into the modern day, has just announced that Helena Bonham Carter will be joining the show as Princess Margaret.

While rumours have been circulating for a while that Helena would be taking over from Vanessa Kirby as an elder Princess Margaret, it wasn’t until yesterday that she and Netflix owned up to it.

She said in a statement, ‘I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about – doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in [Vanessa’s] shoes. The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter.’

The Crown instantly became a favourite when the Netflix original exploded onto our screens, beginning with the harrowing and emotional events that led to Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Relative newcomer Claire Foy was chosen to play a young Queen Elizabeth alongside Doctor Who’s Matt Smith, however Claire has recently been at the centre of The Crown’s gender pay gap controversy since it was revealed she was being paid way less than her co-star (despite playing the main character).

Befittingly, the studio has since made amends and offered her a back payment of £200,000. After addressing the controversy publicly, producer Suzanne Mackie said, ‘Going forward, no one gets paid more than the Queen.’

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The Crown. Credit: Netflix

Helena Bonham Carter isn’t the only new face to join The Crown’s royal family. Olivia Colman will take over the mantle as Queen Elizabeth from Claire alongside Tobias Menzies, who will replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip. The shift comes after two seasons with the original cast and fans are eager to see how their performances match up to the characters they’ve come to know and love.

Season three will begin filming in July of this year, though there’s no word on when exactly they episodes will drop.

All we know for sure is that we’ll be taking a strategic sick day to binge watch to our heart’s content…

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