The first season of The Crown could have been a whole lot sexier, according to Vanessa Kirby, at least. The actress has said that the Netflix showcut noopener noreferrer} and Matt Smith – because ‘fans didn’t want to see it’.
Kirby– who played Princess Margaret on the first two series of the show – told Dolly Alderton in an episode Love Stories podcast back in 2018 , ‘There was a sex scene between Elizabeth and Philip in the first season. I think they were in South Africa filming, and they were like, “I just don’t think anyone wants to see the Queen having sex.”’ We're all so excited for the Crown's return on the 17th of November that Kirby's nearly two year old interview is back in the news.
Kirby also explained that one of her sex scenes, with Anthony Armstrong-Jones (Matthew Goode) in season two was also cut. She added, ‘There was one [sex scene] written in The Crown, in episode seven of (season two). We had long discussions about what it should be, and it just became clear that to titillate was not the aim.'
In season three, which is coming to Netflix on 17 November, Kirby will be replaced by Helena Bonham Carter.
It was previously reported in The Sun that Bonham Carter had ‘held seances’ to communicate with the spirit of Princess Margaret. According to the paper, Bonham Carter received tips from the Princess’s spirit on how she held her cigarette and cigarette holder after sessions with a supernatural expert. A source told the publication, ‘She even passed on her advice to cast and crew on set whenever there was a query regarding the princess.' It's also been reported that she consulted another psychic before taking on the role of the late Elizabeth Taylor in a 2013 TV drama.