NETFLIX will show Prince Philip pursuing an affair in The Crown, just weeks after the Queen’s funeral.
He will be shown in intimate scenes with his close friend Penny Knatchbull.
The Queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, said: “This is cruel rubbish.”
Royal experts said showing intimate scenes with Philip and family friend Penny was cruel so soon after the queen was buried next to her husband.
Netflix considered delaying the release of the fifth series, but it will go ahead on November 9 as planned.
Viewers will see the Duke of Edinburgh, who died 18 months ago, having an affair with socialite beauty Penny, now 69-year-old Countess Mountbatten of Burma.
They are seen touching hands as he divulges details of their marriage.
It angered pundits, including the Queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter.
He said: “Just a few weeks after the nation buried Her Majesty next to Prince Philip, this is some very disgusting and, frankly, cruel rubbish.
“The truth is that Penny was a long time friend of the whole family. Netflix is not interested in people’s feelings.”
Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward added: “It’s in very poor taste.
“This is fiction. Not in a million years would she talk about her marriage to anyone. The royals probably won’t watch it for their own sanity.”
In one episode, Philip, played by 75-year-old Jonathan Pryce, teaches Penny (Natascha McElhone, 52) how to ride a carriage.
He tells her that their marriage has its “problems” as they have “grown in separate directions”.
Philip was close friends with Penny, particularly after 1991 when their five-year-old daughter Leonora died of kidney cancer. Penny attended the funerals of the queen and Philip.
He has been portrayed as a flirt in previous episodes of The Crown.
The penultimate series touches on Charles and Andrew’s marital breakups, and Diana’s Panorama interview.