'It's an honour': Vanessa Kirby drops biggest hint yet that Helena Bonham Carter will replace her as Princess Margaret on The Crown as she shares cosy selfie with the star
Rumours are swirling that Helena Bonham Carter is tipped to take on the coveted role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby on the Netflix series The Crown.
And The Crown actress, 29, dropped the biggest hint yet that she will be handing on the royal baton to the Harry Potter villain, 51, on Saturday.
Vanessa, who caught the eye of Tom Cruise before securing her role in the Mission Impossible franchise, added fuel to the fire when she shared a selfie with Helena in a glamorous venue.
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'It's an honour': Vanessa Kirby dropped BIGGEST hint yet that Helena Bonham Carter will continue as Princess Margaret on Netflix's The Crown on Instagram on Saturday
The golden-haired beauty revealed she was 'honoured' to be joined by the A-list star in association with Netflix's lavish series The Crown.
In the cosy Instagram post, Vanessa exuded elegance in her frilled white blouse while Helena showcased her trademark quirky sense of style in a loud patterned dress teamed with dazzling star-shaped pendant necklace.
For the last season, Vanessa has been putting on a regal performance the Queen’s glamorous younger sister.
But it seems Helena would be a good fit for the role after all she won the best supporting actress BAFTA for the Queen Motion in 2010's The King Speech.
MailOnline has approached Helena Bonham Carter and Vanessa Kirby's representatives for comment.
No smoke without fire: Rumours are swirling that Helena is tipped to take on the coveted role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa on the Netflix series The Crown
A number of the stars, including protagonists Claire Foy and Matt Smith, are being replaced by older actresses and actors for authenticity as the third season moves into the later years surrounding the royals' lives.
Vanessa admitted she was 'gutted' and she joked she was so 'desperate' to continue the role that she was willing to 'smoke a million cigarettes' to 'age' herself.
'I was desperate to carry on,' she told The Telegraph in November 2017. 'I was like, 'Right, Peter Morgan, The Crown creator, what do you want me to do? I'll smoke a million cigarettes in real life, I'll do anything to age myself…
'I'm gutted. There hasn't been a part that's made me happier on-screen, and I really hope it has changed people's minds about her.'
The Netflix series – rumoured to have cost an estimated £100million for the first season alone – will be recast every two series as the central characters age.
Royal role: Helena, 51, is reportedly 'all but confirmed' to play sister Princess Margaret in the next two seasons of the Netflix hit 'The Crown' (pictured in Canada, September 2017)
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So who better to take inspiration on winter florals from than everyone's favourite kooky dresser Helena Bonham-Carter?
When the talented actress took to the red-carpet at the at Toronto International Film Festival, she looked amazing in a floral dress by Dolce and Gabbana.
Of course, D&G are renowned for their signature floral motifs, with rose print being one of their favourite go-to themes.The detailed applique and busy blooms give this dress eye-catching appeal, whilst the bodycon fit is super flattering.
Helena teamed it with an embellished box bag also by the brand, along with vertiginous pumps. She then added a sweet rose in her hair for the perfect finish touches.
If you're looking for some winter florals check out our favourite picks below!
According to The Evening Standard, recasting Vanessa, who played the part in the first two seasons, came in order to continue the story and timeline.
The award-winning star was being eyed up to play Elizabeth in the show following the departure of Claire Foy but bosses decided she'd be better suited to Margaret while Olivia Colman will play the matriarch.
Helena, who was previously married to director Tim Burton, has a very personal connection to Princess Margaret and the Royal Family.
According to the newspaper, Helena's home in Oxfordshire, Mill House, was owned by Jane Stevens, who served as a lady-in-waiting to Margaret.
Sister act: The Harry Potter villain (pictured in London, December 2017) will replace Vanessa , who played the part of Princess Magaret in the first two seasons
Hit show: The first installment of The Crown proved a huge hit with viewers - with Claire Foy winning a Golden Globe for her portrait of Elizabeth II in the first ten episodes - and the second was equally as successful this year
The star will play the role for the next two series - documenting the fourth decade of Elizabeth's life - and then producers will go on the hunt for another actress to take over the reins in order to document the queen's life from her 60s to her 90s - providing Netflix decide to recommission it.
The first installment proved a huge hit with viewers, with Claire winning a Golden Globe for her portrait of Elizabeth II in the first ten episodes, and the second was equally as successful this year.
Although fans are no doubt devastated to see the 33-year-old beauty leave, it has always been clear from the start that another actress would be contracted to play Her Majesty from her 40s through to her 60s.
Seasons past: Helena is set to replace Vanessa Kirby, who played the Princess throughout season one and two
Claire said: 'This is the last stint, it's over, I'm done. I always knew it was only going to be two series and then part would be reincarnated and someone else takes over. That's the nature of the part.'
Also leaving the cast is Matt Smith, who played Prince Philip, who will be replaced by an older actor but it is not yet been revealed who will take on the part.
Netflix has invested a staggering £100 million in the royal drama, which is currently intended to have six series which makes it the most expensive TV show to date.
Both the cast and crew garnered mass recognition by the likes of the Screen Actors' Guild, the Critics Choice and the Emmys in the year after its release.
Familiar: Helena previously portrayed Queen Elizabeth I for the Academy Award-winning film The Kings Speech
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