Princess Anne visits Coronation Street set ahead of Daisy’s acid attack in shocking stalker storyline
Princess Anne toured Coronation Street’s set in her role as Patron of The Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI)
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Princess Anne has taken a tour of ITV Studios Coronation Street set as the soap opera prepares to introduce a shocking new storyline.
The royal, 72, cut an elegant figure in a navy tartan jacket with a modest gold brooch in the shape of a wreath and a pleated skirt as she stepped out on Monday. She made the visit to the filming location in Greater Manchester in her role as Patron of The Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI).
The non-profit organisation which is aiming to end acid and burn violence globally has been advising Coronation Street’s producers and writers ahead of their upcoming episodes focused on Daisy being targeted in an acid attack by her stalker Justin.
In an attack of revenge which will air next week, Justin, who has been released on bail, decides to go to the Rovers to ruin Daisy’s wedding day after becoming convinced that he is in a relationship with her.
Princess Anne took the time to speak to Charlotte Jordan, who plays Daisy, as well as Andrew Still, who stars as Justin.
Despite having previously visited the set in 2016, the royal was also given a guided tour which included going into the Rovers Return Inn with series producer, Iain MacLeod and John Whiston, Head of ITV in the North/MD Continuing Drama.
She also had the opportunity to watch some of the devastating acid attack scenes that will debut on ITV next week.
Commenting on the visit, John said: “Working with ASTI on this storyline has been invaluable to all of us. HRH’s patronage of the charity is clearly of huge importance to both Her Royal Highness and the charity and it was an absolute honour to have them join us at Coronation Street today.
“The visit gave both cast and colleagues the chance to discuss how they have worked together to create and portray such a delicate and important storyline, an opportunity none of us will forget.”
Acid attack survivor Sammear Hussein, Mrs Sharman Birtles MBE JP DL Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Councillor Chris Boyes Mayor of Trafford were also all in attendance for Princess Anne’s visit.
The royal went on to speak about the storyline with cast members Ryan Prescott, Rob Mallard and Sally Ann Matthews, as well as script writers and members of the makeup department.
Actress Charlotte Jordan admitted to MailOnline that she was shocked by the “dark” plotline because at the beginning everyone thought Justin had a “harmless crush” and Daisy was “used to male attention.”
Charlotte said: “It’s just so evil just to decide to take away someone’s identity in someone’s face like that. It’s just so heinous.
When asked about her reaction when she was told about the storyline, Charlotte added: “I cannot say on camera, but F me that’s dark. Yeah, I really didn’t see that coming.
“I didn’t think they’d go that route with it because it’s not. It’s not something you see a lot on. On television, Yeah, I was. I was. I was really caught by surprise by it.”