King Charles and Camilla's most controversial moment to be depicted in 'The Crown'

King Charles and Camilla's most controversial moment shocked the whole planet back in 1989 but actors claim it's depicted with 'sympathy'

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The scandal of King Charles and Camilla's infamous saucy phone call, known as 'Tampongate', will feature in the hit Netflix series. Content of the unauthorised recording was headline news back in 1989, when their extra marital affair was often in the tabloids.


One royal expert may claim that The Royal Family has, "no one to blame other than themselves," for The Crown, but for some critics the Netflix series has gone too far. Just when you thought The Crown season 5 couldn't possibly garner any more controversy - news that they're due to feature 'Tampongate' will surely horrify fans. 

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab), actor Dominic West discussed playing Charles, then Prince of Wales, and how his perception of events changed in relation to this particular scandal. "I remember thinking it was something so sordid and deeply, deeply embarrassing [at the time]," he said. "Looking back on it, and having to play it, what you're conscious of is that the blame was not with these two people, two lovers, who were having a private conversation."

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The private conversation in question was recorded by an amateur radio enthusiast who, per the Daily Mail (opens in new tab), "claimed to have stumbled across the pair's conversation while moving between audio channels."

"What's really [clear now] is how invasive and disgusting was the press's attention to it, that they printed it out verbatim and you could call a number and listen to the actual tape," added Dominic. "I think it made me extremely sympathetic towards the two of them and what they'd gone through," admitted the actor.

What was Tampongate?

Prince Charles With Camilla Parker-bowles Leaving The Lyric Theatre In London Together After Seeing The Marx Brothers Play 'animal Crackers'. Behind Them Is The Prince's Bodyguard Peter Brown

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In 1993, only three months after the formal separation of King Charles and Princess Diana, the People newspaper printed Charles and Camilla - the tape. The article included the entire transcript of a private intimate conversation between then Prince of Wales Charles and Camilla.

The conversation had been recorded after an amateur radio enthusiast came upon it entirely by accident while using a hi-tech scanning device. Esquire (opens in new tab) reports that the six-minute-long recording detailed the pair's longing and desire for each other including an infamous moment where Charles suggested he'd like to 'live inside' Camilla's trousers. After she jokingly asked if he was, "going to turn into, a pair of knickers" he responded, "Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck!"

Despite the obvious intrusion into their private lives, the story is due to feature in the upcoming series of The Crown.

Aoife Hanna
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