Princess Di­aries


“I’ve al­ways thought that the age that we’re in now, with so­cial me­dia and tech­nol­ogy, ev­ery­thing is so ac­ces­si­ble. There’s not much mys­tery any­more. And that fam­ily has man­aged to re­tain mys­tery and pri­vacy, some­how, and I can’t really see an equiv­a­lent.”

Vanessa Kirby is no stranger to pe­riod dra­mas. The 28-year-old Bri­tish ac­tress has made a name for her­self dis­ap­pear­ing into dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods, from the heady days of 1950s broad­cast news (The Hour) to Dick­en­sian melo­drama (Great

Ex­pec­ta­tions) to the early days of El­iz­a­beth II’S reign in The Crown. Which she loves, mostly be­cause each se­ries is a learn­ing op­por­tu­nity. “I’m learn­ing new things all the time,” she says. “I’ve got shelves of books at home about the royal fam­ily now. Peo­ple who didn’t know me might think my apart­ment be­longs to some sort of granny.” So what was the big­gest take­away from her lat­est role as the Queen’s misbehaving sis­ter Mar­garet? “She’s one of a kind, really,” she says. “And I have huge amounts of com­pas­sion and em­pa­thy for the fam­ily now.”

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