The Crown season 3: New cast to captivate fans with spies, suspense and scandal

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Charting the reign of Queen Elizabeth, this third season starts in the Swinging Sixties and takes us through to 1977. Over 10 episodes, writer Peter Morgan weaves a compelling story of the main Royals, from the relationship between the Queen and Prince Philip to the emergence of a more confident Princess Margaret, and Charles’s first dalliances with the then Camilla Shand who would become his bride and the Duchess of Cornwall. 

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In an unprecedented move, non- members can sample the first episode for free. 

The season story arc is punctuated by controversial plots, some known, some rumours, and some simple speculation. In the first episode, Cambridge spy Sir Anthony Blunt, who was Keeper of the Queen’s Pictures, appears to blackmail Philip over the Duke’s rumoured connection with the Profumo Scandal. 

“You treacherous snake,” Philip snarls at the traitor. 

Far more controversially is speculation of an affair between Elizabeth, played by Oscar-winner Olivia Colman, and her horse racing manager, Porchey. 

They visit international horse breeders where “she gets a glimpse of the life she could have led, were she free to pursue her passions”. 

Former press secretary to the Queen, Dickie Arbiter, has denied the affair ever took place, saying the story involving Lord Porchester had been “washing around for decades”. He added: “It’s absolute nonsense.” 

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