Princess Anne Mocks Actor Who Plays Her in ‘The Crown’ for Something Simple

Queen Elizabeth II‘s daughter, Princess Anne, has finally answered a question so many royal fans have wanted to know which is: Does she watch The Crown?

The Princess Royal admitted that she has watched the Netflix series and even read up on Erin Doherty, the actor who plays her on the hit drama. Anne recently revealed her thoughts on the show and addressed a comment Doherty made about her simple hairstyle. Here’s more on that, plus why she dislikes Zoom and social media.

(L) Princess Anne, (R) Erin Doherty
(L): Princess Anne |MelMedia/GC Images, (R): Erin Doherty | JC Olivera/WireImage

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The queen’s daughter is not a fan of social media

Princess Anne has been dubbed the hardest-working royal as she usually attends far more engagements annually than the rest of her family. However, she had to shift to virtual meetings when public gatherings in the U.K. were banned during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But she isn’t a fan of modern technology or social media.

“With online technology…being in touch is one thing but it’s not quite the same,” she explained in the documentary titled Anne: Princess Royal At 70. “The ability to meet people, that’s what makes the difference. I mean, I know what Twitter is but I wouldn’t go anywhere near it if you paid me frankly.”

The princess added that social media may make things more difficult for some younger royals like Princes William and Harry and their wives.

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

Princess Anne
Princess Anne | Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images

Princess Anne jokes about how long it takes Doherty to replicate her hairstyle

Princess Anne also admitted in the documentary that she watches The Crown. She described the earlier episodes as “quite interesting” but hasn’t watched the more recent ones in which Doherty portrays her. However, Anne did respond to something the young actor said about how long it takes a team of stylists to get her ready for the role.

In a previous interview with Town and Country, Doherty referred to the princess’s hairstyle as a “beast.”

She stated, “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 Doherty’s comments and wondered how on earth it could that long to perfect her hairstyle saying, “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.”

Erin Doherty
Erin Doherty | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Netflix

‘The Crown’ will conclude after season 6

The Crown was scheduled to end after season 6. Then in late January, it was announced that the series would conclude after season 5. That was until the show’s creator, Peter Morgan, reversed that decision and went back to the original plan of wrapping after the sixth season.

“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said via Deadline.

We’ll have to wait and see if Princess Anne starts watching it again and then get her thoughts on the next actor who portrays her.

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