The Crowns controversial scenes – Diana tell-all, coup, Prince Philip affair

The Crown has become a staple of British culture, but the beloved series has had its moments of controversy throughout the years.

Since it first launched in 2016, avid viewers have gathered to watch the trials and tribulations of the British monarchy play out on our screens in glorious fiction.

Although the Queen herself was allegedly a keen fan, there have been some scenes that have gotten the show into hot water with the royal family and their close friends.

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Keep reading to learn more about The Crown’s most controversial scenes that have aired throughout the series’ hugely successful six year run.

Charles and Diana's relationship

Season four was the one The Crown fans had been waiting for as it followed the tumultuous relationship between Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

The series, set between 1979 and 1990, showed their rocky love life which left a sour taste in some of the people close to the royal family.

Friends of Charles were reportedly furious at the way the heir to the throne had been portrayed and the Mail on Sunday reported that some of them accused the producers of “trolling on a Hollywood budget”.

The show hit close to home with the couple’s son Prince William after it was also reported that he was unhappy with the way they were shown.

Sources informed the Daily Express that William was “none too pleased with it”.

They continued: “He feels that both his parents are being exploited and being presented in a false, simplistic way to make money.”

Prince Philip’s alleged affair

The Crown season five is expected to start in the early nineties where fans will see the end of Charles and Diana’s marriage, but also Prince Philip’s rumoured affair.

There was speculation that Queen Elizabeth’s husband cheated with Penelope Knatchbull, a close friend, but recent events have overshadowed the storyline.

Queen Elizabeth II died just two months before the fifth series is set to air and some believe that it is too soon to be touching on such sensitive topics regarding the monarch.

Dickie Arbiter was the Queen’s spokesperson from 1988 until 200 and has made a scathing comment about the upcoming storyline.

He said: “Coming just weeks after the nation laid Her Majesty to rest next to Prince Philip, this is very distasteful and, quite frankly, cruel rubbish.”

The remark was made in references to scenes where the Duke of Edinburgh can be seen touching hands with Countess Mountbatten of Burma.

He discussed his struggles with marriage and Arbiter came to his defence.

The former royal spokesperson continued: “The truth is that Penny was a long-time friend of the whole family. Netflix are not interested in people’s feelings.”

Although Prince Philip and Penelope were photographed together multiple times, there’s no official evidence that their relationship was in any way romantic.

Knatchbull also attended the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral back in April 2021, during the height of Covid-19 when only 30 mourners were allowed to the private gathering.

Lord Mountbatten’s foiled coup

During season three, the show followed Prince Philip’s uncle Louis Mountbatten as he participated in a plot to overthrow the government.

The Sun said that the controversial episode, set back in 1968, showed Louis “among a collection of establishment figures” who were concerned that the country was being “run into the ground” by the Labour government.

Town and Country said: “According to the show, shortly after Mountbatten’s forced retirement, he was approached by a group plotting to unseat Prime Minister Harold Wilson.”

They then explained that he “warmed quickly” to the idea of “installing himself in 10 Downing Street”.

However, Andrew Lownie, author of The Mountbattens: Their Lives and Loves, told the publication that Louis “took it more seriously than he later claimed” and there was reportedly “a bit of a cover up”.

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