Helena Bonham Carter got permission for Princess Margaret role in The Crown via a medium

Helena Bonham Carter attends the 'Ocean's 8' UK Premiere held at Cineworld Leicester Square on June 13, 2018. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/FilmMagic)

Helena Bonham Carter got permission to play Princess Margaret in The Crown from the late royal herself, according to a TV insider.

The Sun has reported that the 53-year-old star got in touch with the Queen's sister, who died aged 71 in 2002, via a medium before accepting a role in the Netflix series.

The Harry Potter actor is set to take over from Vanessa Kirby as Margaret for the third season of the lavish historical drama, while Olivia Colman will replace Claire Foy in the lead role as Queen Elizabeth II.

Cast members on the hit series, created by BAFTA-winning writer Peter Morgan, are due to be replaced every two seasons in order to reflect the story of Queen Elizabeth's lengthy reign.

An insider told The Sun that Bonham Carter was keen to ensure that she received the princess' blessing from beyond the grave before playing her, having met the royal prior to her death.

They said: "Helena was just a fledgling movie star when they met at a royal movie premiere and the fact she made such an impact on her made it especially important to get her blessing.

"But she got much more, including little acting tips, such as using her cigarette and cigarette holder to express herself in The Crown, just as she did in real life.

"She even passed on her advice to cast and crew on set whenever there was a query regarding the princess. Helena would reassure them: 'Margaret says that's all right.'"

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(GERMANY OUT) Margaret Rose, Prinzessin *21.08.1930-09.02.2002+Graefin von Snowdon, GBSchwester von Queen Elizabeth II.- von Verehrern umgeben, links der Marquessof Blenford, zeitweise einer ihreraussichtsreichsten Bewerber (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Margaret Rose, Prinzessin *21.08.1930-09.02.2002+Graefin von Snowdon, GBSchwester von Queen Elizabeth II. - Premiere des Films 'Hamlet' im Leicester Square Odeon, London: M.R. im Foyer des Kinos- Dezember 1953 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
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(GERMANY OUT) Margaret Rose, Prinzessin *21.08.1930-09.02.2002+Graefin von Snowdon, GBSchwester von Queen Elizabeth II.- mit ihrem Verlobten Antony Armstrong-Jones beim Lesen von Glueckwunschtelegrammen zur Verlobung- Februar 1960 (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Margaret Rose, Princess, GB*21.08.1930-09.02.2002+Countess of SnowdonSister of Queen Elizabeth II.with her fiance Anthony Armstrong Jones.- 1960 (Photo by Popper Ltd./ullstein bild via Getty Images)
8th November 1962: Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) dancing with her husband Lord Snowdon at a Dockland Ball in the Savoy Hotel. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
1964: Princess Margaret (1930 - 2002) with Lord Snowdon and Viscount Linley at Kensington Palace shortly after the birth of her daughter, Lady Sarah Armstrong-Jones. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) President Lyndon Johnson (R), Princess Margaret, Mrs. Johnson, and Lord Snowdon pose for photographers in the Queen's room at the White House November 17th, prior to a dinner-dance in honor of the Princess and Lord Snowdon.
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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, arrives for a London event with her children Sarah (L) and Linley in 1967. Princess Margaret and her husband Lord of Snowdon had two children, son Linley, and daughter Sarah, but announced their separation in March 1976. When the marriage was officially ended two years later, Margaret became the first royal to divorce since Henry VIII in the 16th century. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)
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Bonham Carter previously told Vanity Fair in 2018 that meeting Princess Margaret was a "pretty scary" experience.

A representative for the actress declined to comment.

The first two seasons of The Crown drew widespread critical approval, with particular praise offered to Foy's performance as the Queen.

She won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her work and John Lithgow was also honoured by SAG for his portrayal of Winston Churchill.

Other awards recognition was provided via the Primetime Emmy Awards, which have nominated the show 26 times across its two seasons to date.

The third season of The Crown will debut worldwide on Netflix on 17 November.

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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