On Monday, Princess Anne visited the set of the long-running soap opera Coronation Street to raise awareness about her patronage, the Acid Survivors Trust International. Coronation Street asked the charity to consult on a storyline involving an acid attack, and during her visit to filming locations in Greater Manchester, Anne spoke with producers and some of the actors involved in those scenes.
ITV executive John Whiston commented on Anne’s visit in a statement. “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 honor to have them join us at Coronation Street today,” it read. “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.”
According to the network, the storyline involves a character played by Charlotte Jordan, who is attacked by a stalker, played by Andrew Still, on her wedding day. According to the Daily Mail, Anne spoke to Jordan and Still about their roles, and was given a preview of the scenes, which will air next week. Anne was also joined by acid attack survivor Sammear Hussein during the engagement.
Jordan later told the Manchester Evening News that she thought the plotline was very unexpected. “I didn’t think they’d go that route with it,” said the actor, who has appeared on the show since November 2020. “It’s not something you see a lot on television so I was really caught by surprise by it.”
Princess Anne has worked to raise awareness about the effects of acid attacks for over a decade. In 2011, she visited the Pakistan High Commission to see the progress being made on the issue. In 2016, she made another visit to the Coronation Street set for an event bringing Commonwealth leaders to Manchester.