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Princess Margaret’s Spirit Gave Helena Bonham Carter Very Specific Notes

Take what you will of Helena Bonham Carter’s psychic anecdote about Princess Margaret, who, weeks before officially deciding to take the royal role on The Crown, received this message from her non-showbiz medium: M-A-R-G-A-R-E-T. Spooky stuff, right? Carter made the best of it, asking the deceased princess if it was okay to portray her, and the response was equal parts a backhanded compliment and a demand. “I said, Would you mind if I played you? And she said I was a better idea from the other actor,” Carter explained. “She came through with another note. She said, Get the smoking right. I smoked in a particular way and always remember that the cigarette holder is as much as a weapon for expression as anything else. She was someone who was innately dramatic.” And innately spectral, apparently.

Princess Margaret’s Spirit Gave Helena Bonham Carter Notes