Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess at the “One Day” premiere in London. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Anne Hathaway had the audacity to tell a reporter she would consider playing Kate Middleton if such an opportunity ever arose. Now members of the royal-watching and moviegoing public may have a collective stroke, as the prospect of hearing Hathaway butcher Middleton’s British accent could be too much to bear.

Hathaway — who has been the brunt of much criticism for her less-than-convincing attempt at a Yorkshire accent in her new rom-com “One Day” — spoke with Gordon Smart from the Sun at last night’s London premiere.

When faced with what then surely sounded like an innocuous red-carpet question, as opposed to fodder for an online item that would immediately trend on Google, Hathaway said she would not rule out the possibility of playing Middleton someday.

“I haven’t really thought about it before,” she said, “but yes, why not. She’s great. It’s such a fairy tale.”

Commenters on the Sun’s Web site seem adamantly opposed to the idea.

“Stay away from that role,” warns one, succinctly summing up the views of many. “You have a rubbish British accent.”

But are they being too hard on Hathaway? If Hollywood does make a Duchess of Cambridge film, would she be a terrible choice? If the answer is yes, who would you prefer to see instead? Post a comment and weigh in on this matter before I start saying things like “cheerio” and “gutted” in an accent so awful it will make Hathaway sound like Dame Judi Dench.