Helena Bonham-Carter Thinks Netflix Should Cancel “The Crown”
If the last few months have revealed anything, it’s that we can’t get enough of the Royals. From lapping up every revelation unveiled in Prince Harry’s memoir “Spare” to eagerly googling every scene from Netflix’s “The Crown” to filter the truth from the drama, there’s something about the monarchy that has us fascinated. Yet actor Helena Bonham-Carter, who played Princess Margaret in seasons three and four of “The Crown,” thinks Netflix should call it quits on the show.
Speaking to The Guardian, Bonham-Carter says: “I should be careful here too, but I don’t think they should carry on, actually. I’m in it and I loved my episodes, but it’s very different now. When ‘The Crown’ started it was a historic drama, and it’s crashed into the present.”
“The Crown” season five ended with Princess Diana meeting Dodi Fayed, so it is assumed that season six will follow the beginnings of their relationship, including their untimely death in Paris on Aug. 31, 1997. Many viewers have expressed feeling uncomfortable with series creator Peter Morgan and his team revisiting more recent, painful events, especially in light of Prince Harry’s honest accounts of how his mother’s death affected him and his brother, William. “But that’s up to them,” Bonham-Carter says.
Having played the “spare” during her two seasons as Princess Margaret, which saw her nominated for Emmys, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes, Bonham-Carter is reluctant to comment on Harry’s experience. “I don’t really want to contribute to the whole thing. It’s complicated and it’ll get taken out of context,” she says. “And I think it’s been given enough attention.”
Instead, the 56-year-old reveals that Princess Margaret wasn’t so concerned with being the spare to the heir but had a complex about her height. “Well, actually, the real Margaret didn’t mind about being number two, but she did mind being really short. She was just five feet, so there was something in her posture to maximise every little millimetre: she had her car seat elevated so she could be seen,” Bonham-Carter explains. “And a lot of it was the need not to be overlooked, probably prompted by her great-grandmother saying something about the fact that she was tiny. And that scarred her. It’s funny what we carry – a complex that can govern all our behaviour.”
Despite debates about “The Crown”‘s continuation, season six has been given the green light, although it is expected to be the last.