Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in a scene from season two of The Crown. Supplied by Netflix.
Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in a scene from season two of The Crown. Supplied by Netflix. Alex Bailey / Netflix

The Crown's grief and a secret romance

The Crown, Netflix's award-winning original series about the British Royal Family, is back for a second season. Vanessa Kirby, who plays Princess Margaret, lifts the lid on her character's new romance.

Q: Margaret's nursing a broken heart?

A: Yes. It's a gift of a part, really, because I got to explore how someone recovers from such deep trauma. I think she's always in grief from her father's passing and constantly mourning that so it's really interesting playing this fragile, trapped little bird trying to put herself back together.

Q: What is it about photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones that sparks an instant chemistry?

A: I think he is the first person she has met that alarms her and makes her forget who she is. He does not buy in to any of the pomp and circumstance that she brings, and he is the antithesis of all the formality and stuffiness of her family.

Q: And she finds the secret nature of their affair exciting?

A: Yes, I think so, because what she is doing is defying her family without knowing it. I definitely felt a smug satisfaction in it myself.

Q: Do you relate to any of Margaret's self-destructive tendencies?

A: I think we all do. I'm trying to think if I have ever trashed my bedroom. Maybe when I was 14 and livid with my mum.

Q: And what's the story arc for sisters Elizabeth and Margaret this season?

A: Tensions are at boiling point as you can imagine. It's a new phase in their relationship; Margaret is desperately trying to function without needing the support from her closest family member. Knowing how history played out, I often wondered if there was anything they could have done to fix the rift between them.

Season two of The Crown is available to stream on Netflix now.


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