Lady Anne Glenconner, who was Princess Margaret’s lifelong friend and lady-in-waiting, spoke about The Crown on This Morning today.
The royal assistant, who turned 90 this year and made waves with her explosive new book Whatever Next, told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that Netflix doesn’t need to ‘stitch’ the truth to please to viewers.
The socialite, who was married to Colin Tennant, Baron Glenconner from 1956 until his death in 2010, and was a dear friend of Queen Elizabeth’s sister, said she found Margaret’s portrayal in the series was false and “hurtful”.
She added that actress Helena Bonham Carter, who played Princess Margaret in the show’s third and fourth series, told her she found Netflix’s portrayal of Margaret “disappointing”.
Lady Anne went on to say that while she doubted the royal would watch the show, she called out Netflix for “hurting” them with false claims, particularly about the late Duke of Edinburgh.
Pictured: Anne and Princess Margaret with Colin Tennant, left, in 1977. The couple were lifelong friends with Margaret
Lady Anne Glenconner, who turned 90 this year and made waves with her explosive new book, Whatever Next, has told Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield that Netflix’s The Crown doesn’t need to ’embroider’ the truth to appeal to viewers.
The Aristocrat confessed to Phil and Holly that she had enjoyed previous episodes of The Crown, but was “somehow ‘terribly off track’.”
“I know from my own experience, being in The Crown, that wasn’t true at all.”
She spoke specifically about a pool party scene where her character appeared with Princess Margaret and she said she made it look like she was “supporting” for the royal.
“Of course, that didn’t happen. I don’t know why they had to do that. The real thing about the royal family is so interesting. They don’t have to embroider it,” she said.
Helena Bonham-Carter and Nancy Carroll, right, played Princess Margaret and Anne in series three of The Crown
She said she spoke to Helena Bonham Carter about her performance on the show after it was released by Netflix.
‘Afterwards, I said to him, “a little disappointing, isn’t it?” And she replied “yes, but I am an actress, I have to do what is written”, she added.
Asked by Phil if she thinks the show is harmful to members of the royal family, Anne replied: ‘I think it hurts’, before adding: ‘I don’t think they watch it,
“The only thing that bothered me was when Prince Philip was accused of killing his sister, which was completely untrue, it’s so painful,” she said.
The socialite told Phil and Holly, left, that she found the Crown hurtful and ‘completely wrong’ in places
The aristocrat with her husband, Colin Tennant, Lord Glenconner in 1955 when they were newly married. Anne opened up about her late husband’s abusive tendencies in her new book, Whatever Next
She was referring to an episode of the show’s second series where The Crown implies that Prince Philip’s older sister Cecilie died in a plane crash because she was traveling to the UK to see him, because he had behaved badly at school.
Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark died in a horrific plane crash aged 26 in 1937, along with her husband Georg, Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse and their four children.
They had traveled to the UK to attend the wedding of Louis, Prince of Hesse and by Rhine.
“Those two events were completely separate,” Lady Glenconner said.