Princess Anne has watched The Crown but mocks actress playing her for taking two hours to perfect hairstyle

Royal says she only takes 10 or 15 minutes to style her own hair

Sarah Young
Tuesday 06 October 2020 09:06 BST
The Queen and Princess Anne speak to carers on Zoom call for Carers Week 2020

Princess Anne has shared her thoughts on The Crown after admitting she has watched the hit Netflix series.

Speaking in an upcoming ITV documentary titled Anne: The Princess Royal At 70, which marks her 70th birthday, Anne said that while she does not watch the show anymore, she found the early episodes “quite interesting”.

The Princess Royal also commented on the actor who plays her in the series, after discovering that it takes around two hours for her to replicate the royal’s hairstyle.

In a past interview with Town and Country, Erin Doherty, who portrays Anne in The Crown, referred to her hairstyle as a “beast”, saying: “Makeup literally took 10 minutes, but hair, sometimes it would take two hours.

“It's its own beast. Literally, I would sit in the chair, people would come in and go and come in and go, and I sat still in the same place. But it was so necessary for her character because it felt like her hair and her fashion were the way that she was able to express herself in the confined, controlled environment that she grew up in.”

Princess Anne joked about the comments, stating: “Actually I read an article the other day about The Crown, the actress was talking about how long it took them to do their hair like I did.

“And I’m thinking, ‘How could you possibly take that long?’ I mean it takes me 10 or 15 minutes.”

Princess Anne and her brother Prince Charles (Getty)

Later in the documentary, Princess Anne also commented on social media, stating that while she took part in several virtual meetings when public outings were banned, she felt it was no substitute for face-to-face meetings.

“With online technology...being in touch is one thing but it's not quite the same,” she said.

“The ability to meet people, that's what makes the difference.

Erin Doherty portrays Princess Anne in Nettflix series The Crown (Netflix)

“I mean, I know what Twitter is but I wouldn't go anywhere near it if you paid me frankly.”

She also suggested social media was adding to the pressures already faced by younger royals such as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Sussexes.

“There was no social media in my day, so it probably has made it more difficult,” she said.

The documentary includes interviews with Anne’s children, Zara and Peter, who tell of Anne’s down to earth nature.

“I always remember…that she would come home from engagements and she’ll be in exactly what she was wearing and her make-up on and stuff,” Zara recalled.

“Put her welly boots on, her jacket on and then she walks up and goes to do her chickens and get her eggs.”

Meanwhile, Peter spoke of the warnings they would often get before making appearances on Buckingham Palace’s balcony for special events.

“You then get a clip round the ear and say 'Right, behave yourself, you know, we’re going out on the balcony',” he said. “Don’t pick your nose and you know, don’t yawn.”

Anne: The Princess Royal At 70 airs on 29 July at 9pm on ITV.

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