Claire Foy reveals why The Crown explores rumours of Prince Philip’s infidelity
The second season of popular period drama The Crown lands on Netflix next week and it has already caused some controversy by hinting at the supposed infidelity of Prince Philip.
Claire Foy, who plays Queen Elizabeth on the show, has spoken out about why it was important for them to explore these rumours in the second series.
“I think ultimately it would be very weird if we made a series where we pretended that Tony Armstrong-Jones was just a photographer, that Edward VIII never had any scandal in his life, and that Prince Philip was entirely devoted to the Queen,” the actress told The Guardian.
“That’s not a true depiction of these people, and not a true exploration of their characters. It would be like saying that the Queen was never away from her children.”
One scene that will feature in the upcoming season will see Prince Phillip, played by former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith, engaging in flirtatious behaviour with Jackie Kennedy during her 1961 Buckingham Palace visit.
The Crown also implies there may have been romantic involvement with the Duke and various different women on his 1956 tour of the Commonwealth countries.
The Crown season two arrives 8 December on Netflix.