‘The Crown’ Star Vanessa Kirby Has a ‘Reliable Source’ Who Says Queen Elizabeth Likes the Show

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Talk about a reliable source!

Vanessa Kirby has made a name for herself playing wild child Princess Margaret on Netflix’s The Crown, and she recently learned that the real-life Queen Elizabeth is a big fan of her hit series about the royal family.

“A friend of mine was at a party where he didn’t know anyone, so [he] sidled up to a group who were discussing the show,” she explains on Friday’s episode The Graham Norton Show. “One of the women said, ‘My granny kind of likes it.’”

The “granny” in question was none other than Queen Elizabeth!

“It turns out, it was one of the princesses – The Queen’s granddaughter,” she says, referring to sisters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie. “It’s quite a reliable source-ish -- so I’m sure she’s a fan.”

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Kirby, 30, will be stepping down from her role as the Queen’s sister for season three, as the entire cast is traded for older counterparts. Kirby is set to be replaced by none other than Helena Bonham Carter.

“I love her with all my heart. I couldn’t love her more,” Kirby said of her character. “I am so pleased Helena is taking her on. She has been lovely and told me she will need some Margaret lessons.”

Carter, 51, confirmed earlier this month that she will be taking on the role after months of speculation.

“I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about -- doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby,” the seasoned star said in a statement. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter than Vanessa.”

Back in December 2016, Claire Foy -- who portrays Queen Elizabeth on the first two seasons of The Crown -- spoke exclusively to ET about what she'd do if the royal family ever reached out in response to series.

"I think they're much too reserved and 'keep calm and carry on' about things. No, absolutely no kind of contact at all. I'm not, in any way, expecting anything," the Golden Globe winner said. "I'd probably have some sort of an existential crisis if she ever [reached out]. It'd be a little weird!"

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