The Crown: Helena Bonham Carter details ‘frustrating’ Princess Margaret scenes

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Netflix’s critically acclaimed series about the Royal Family’s fraught history will soon be returning for a fourth season. Despite being hailed as one of the streaming service’s best series, Princess Margaret star Helena Bonham Carter admitted she had frustrations about The Crown’s third season. 

The Crown’s fourth instalment will hit Netflix on November 15 and continue Olivia Colman’s run as Queen Elizabeth II into the 1980s. 

Joined by returning cast members Tobias Menzies and Helena Bonham Carter, season four will also mark the introduction of a new Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (played by Gillian Anderson).

Last year, The Crown’s third season received overwhelmingly positive reviews for adapting to the show’s aging subjects with a fresh new cast.

The current stars will continue for another season after taking over from Claire Foy, Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby from the first two outings.

Although season three was just as highly regarded, Helena Bonham Carter wasn’t completely satisfied with her portrayal of Princess Margaret. 

Following Foy and Kirby’s stellar portrayal of their sisterly relationship, Carter confessed she was frustrated by her limited screen time alongside co-star Olivia Colman.

Speaking to Variety, she said: “With season three my problem was we didn’t actually have that much to do. 

“It didn’t seem like it. There was only a great scene at the end of the season.”

Royal tradition dictates the eldest child must be the one to ascend the throne, though both Princess Margaret and Elizabeth have remarked the younger sister was better suited to the role.

While the first two seasons dealt with this conflict in great detail, the two Royal sisters spent most of the latest season separated. 

Thankfully, Carter still got plenty of moments to shine as Princess Margaret, including reenacting the Royal’s notorious and slightly scandalous visit with US President Lyndon B. Johnson. 

Carter added: “I was kind of frustrated, I thought in my head we were going to have a lot more.”

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Heading into the fourth season, it seems showrunner Peter Morgan took the star’s comments into account when penning the next chapter in the Royal Family’s story.

Moreover, the Royals’ family drama is more likely to take centre stage in the next instalment, as it’s set to detail Prince Charles’ (Josh O’Connor) contentious marriage to Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin). 

The star assured: “But that was rectified in season four. There’s a lot more of their friendship.”

Helena Bonham Carter also revealed some insider knowledge about the late Princess which informed her performance in season four.

She continued: “The people who I’ve met who knew Margaret told me things and said they were slightly frustrated that there wasn’t enough of their closeness in the first two seasons. 

“They were incredibly close, and nobody else had had that same childhood.”

Their conflict and immense privilege aside, Margaret and Elizabeth’s sisterly relationship is considered by some to be the heart of The Crown, and is sure to have some moments to shine when the series returns.

The Crown is available to stream on Netflix.

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