The Crown season three has been slammed for hinting that Queen Elizabeth II may have had an affair with her horse racing manager Lord Porchester.
In the forthcoming series her majesty, played by Olivia Colman, is seen to have an intimate relationship with ‘Porchie’ and spends time visiting a number of farms across Europe with him.
Upon her return to Buckingham Palace, Tobias Menzies’s Prince Philip questions her about their trip to which she responds: ‘If you have something to say, say it now. Otherwise, if you don’t mind, I’m busy.’
The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter has condemned the romantic speculation and has branded the scenes ‘very distasteful and totally unfounded’.
According to The Times, he said: ‘The Queen is the last person in the world to have ever considered looking at another man.’
Dickie continued: ‘Not only is this muckraking – this is gossip that’s been washing around for decades. It’s got absolutely no substance.’
Dickie also expressed his concern that viewers of the show will ‘take whatever he [showrunner Peter Morgan] writes as sacrosanct.’
‘The Crown is fiction,’ he added. ‘No one knows any conversation between members of the royal family, but people will tell the story they want to and sensationalise it.’
The Crown presents a fictionalised version of the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II.
During the first two seasons, Claire Foy played the Queen at the start of her reign and now, Oscar-winner Olivia has taken on the role from 1964 to 1976.
But what do the Royal Family think of The Crown?
‘The Queen realises that many who watch The Crown take it as an accurate portrayal of the Royal Family and she cannot change that,’ a source told the Express last year.
‘But I can convey that she was upset by the way Prince Philip is depicted as being a father insensitive to his son’s wellbeing.
‘She was particularly annoyed at a scene in which Philip has no sympathy for a plainly upset Charles while he is flying him home from Scotland. That simply did not happen.’
The Crown season 3 launches on 17 November on Netflix.
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