Helen Mirren says Prince Harry and William were ‘funny’ about her performance as the Queen

She won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2006 film The Queen

Jacob Stolworthy
Thursday 31 January 2019 11:24 GMT
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Helen Mirren has revealed how her performance as Queen Elizabeth sat with the real-life royal family.

The British actor, who won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in 2006 film The Queen, told the hosts of Good Morning Britain that she received the thumbs up from Princes Harry and William.

“The younger [ones], Harry and William, have mentioned it and they’ve been very funny about it, very cool about it,” she told Ben Shephard and Susanna Reid, adding: “I think Harry once said, when I was at a awards ceremony, he said, ‘And Granny is here’, and I felt insulted by that.”

However, she says Prince Charles avoided the subject while they worked together when Mirren served as an ambassador for The Prince’s Trust.

“No, no, that’s never mentioned,” she said. “He is very, very tactful.”

Mirren also played Queen Elizabeth in Peter Morgan’s stage play The Audience in 2013.

Morgan is also the showrunner of Netflix drama The Crown. Claire Foy played the Queen in the first two seasons and has been overtaken by Olivia Colman, who’ll appear in the third and fourth seasons of the show.

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