The Crown's Olivia Colman Reveals Her Husband Stole Toilet Paper from Buckingham Palace

Perhaps it helped her get into character

Something about visiting a royal residence makes celebrities want to misbehave. Ian McKellen and Judi Dench have copped to sneaking away and sitting on the thrones in Buckingham Palace; just recently, Camila Cabello revealed that she pilfered a pencil from Kensington Palace. And, as it turns out, even The Crown's Olivia Colman and her husband were not immune to this urge.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Colman confessed that her husband, Ed Sinclair, stole a royal roll of toilet paper. "My husband stole some loo roll just to say we got it from Buckingham Palace," she said.

The pair were ostensibly there for a charity event with Prince William, who apparently treated them well, despite their thievery (though he likely didn't know at the time that they'd been getting into trouble). "I was very uncool, and he was charming," Colman said of William. "He has that thing where he makes you feel you’re the most exciting person in the room."

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'Olivia Colman (right) with her costars on The Crown, Erin Doherty (left) and Helena Bonham Carter (center).'

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Colman also mentioned the elephant in the room: that she was playing his grandmother on The Crown. She even asked if he'd seen the show. "I asked, 'Do you watch it?'" Colman told the Times. "He said, 'No, I don't.'"

That doesn't mean he's not keeping apprising of The Crown casting developments, though. On The Graham Norton Show, Colman also spoke about this interaction with William, and noted that he was quite aware of her role as Queen Elizabeth.

"I met Prince William at a dinner, and he asked what I was doing at the moment before he quickly added, 'Actually, I know what you're doing,'" Colman said. "I was so excited and asked, 'Have you watched it?' His answer was a firm, 'No.' But he was very charming and very lovely."

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Chloe Foussianes

Chloe is a News Writer for, where she covers royal news, from the latest additions to Meghan Markle’s staff to Queen Elizabeth’s monochrome fashions; she also writes about culture, often dissecting TV shows like The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Killing Eve.