Joanna Lumley Believes The Royal Family Is 'Much Closer Than We Think': 'They Are So Kind & So Friendly'

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Dec. 10 2021, Published 10:49 a.m. ET

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The royal family typically makes headlines every day, but Joanna Lumley — who is friends with Prince Charles — believes they all have a tight bond.

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"I think we all look from the outside and we don’t actually know what’s going on on the inside – we second guess it," she said. "These are real people and suddenly they’re made up to be different people and I don’t think it’s right ... I don’t think we really know what goes on behind anybody’s closed doors. I think, I have a suspicion, that that family’s much closer than we think. They are so kind and so friendly and so polite and not grand. You’ll find kindly, good-hearted people."

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Lumley also stated that Queen Elizabeth is pretty normal.

"A friend of mine, who was a grand old painter, he painted the Queen several times ... One day she was sitting for him and she said, 'Do you think it’s cold in here?' She said, 'I think it’s cold.' She got on her knees, got some twigs … set a little fire going [in the hearth]. You kind of don’t imagine the Queen doing that," she shared.

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The actress has stuck up for The Firm in the past. Recently, she lashed out about The Crown and how it portrays the royals.

"I don’t think they watch it, and I never watch it," she said about the Netflix hit show. "I know them, so I know it’s all made up and it’s rubbish. All the poor actors who are doing their best to copy them, it’s awful. Imagine somebody making up conversations they think you’ve had.

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"It’s so laughable. They’ve used real people, whom they’ve copied, and then made up all the conversations. It’s insane," she added.

While most of the royal family has issues with the series, Prince Harry shared his own thoughts earlier this year.

"It gives you a rough idea about what that lifestyle, what the pressures of putting duty and service above family and everything else, what can come from that," he said. "I'm way more comfortable with The Crown than I am seeing the stories written about my family, or my wife, or myself. That is obviously fiction – take it how you will. But this is being reported on as fact because you're supposedly news."

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