The first pic of Helena Bonham Carter’s Princess Margaret is absolutely on point

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  • Plus, a sneaky peek at her new love interest.

    When we heard Helena Bonham Carter had been cast as Princess Margaret on The Crown, we both leapt out of our chairs with excitement and cried that we’d be losing Vanessa Kirby. Any doubts we had about the Harry Potter star stepping into Vanessa’s glitzy shoes have promptly been set aside as Netflix has just released a first look at Helena’s take on Princess Margaret – and it’s perfect.

    Channelling Margaret’s effortless cooler-than-you air with a disdainful look and cigarette trapped between her fingers, Helena looked every inch a member of the royal family in the new still. Wearing a navy hairpiece that puts Kate Middleton’s hats to shame and fierce cat eyeliner, we’re obsessed imagining what The Crown costume designers have lined up for her next.

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    In addition to a Princess Margaret pic, Netflix also shared an image of the Princess’ steamy new love interest: photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones played by Ben Daniels.

    Holding up an old-timey camera and putting on his best bedroom eyes, we’re waiting with bated breath to see the two play out their tumultuous love affair.

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    Earlier this Monday, Netflix shared a picture of The Crown’s Olivia Colman as the new Queen Elizabeth after Claire Foy’s exit. Fingers crossed we’ll get a peek at Tobias Menzies as Prince Phillip soon, as it seems like the pictures are all coming out this week.

    While rumours had been circulating for a while that Helena would be taking over from Vanessa Kirby as an elder Princess Margaret, it wasn’t until earlier this May 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).

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    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.’

    Season three has started filming, 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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