Helen Mirren has described the Royal Family as “aliens”.
The actress, who is reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II in play The Audience on Broadway, has given her take on the royal lifestyle to the New York Times.
“The world they live in is so beyond our understanding,” she told the newspaper.
Mirren, who won an Oscar for her performance as the monarch in film The Queen, went on: “You’ve never queued for anything. Ever, for anything. Every time you go in the street, the traffic is stopped for you. It’s a world you can’t imagine. They are, in a way, aliens.
“But inside that, they are the same flawed, insecure, vulnerable, complicated human beings we are. It’s my job to get into the person who’s inside that world.”