‘Very Disgusting’: Outrage After Netflix Plans To Show Prince Philip ‘Affair’ In ‘The Crown’ Season 5

Just a few weeks after the Queen’s funeral, Netflix will premiere an episode of ‘The Crown’ featuring Prince Philip having an affair. According to The Sun, he will appear in private moments with a close friend named Penny Knatchbull, the 69-year-old Countess Mountbatten of Burma. Netflix reportedly considered delaying the debut of the fifth season, but ultimately opted to continue as scheduled on November 9.

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The assumption is that Penny and Philip will “touch hands” while Philip talks about their marriage, a gesture that the late Queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, called “cruel rubbish”.

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“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,” Arbiter said.

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The friendship between Prince Philip and Penny Knatchbull lasted for many years after they discovered they shared a passion for carriage riding.

It is in very bad taste. This is fiction. Not in a million years would she talk about her marriage to anyone. Royals probably won’t watch it for their own sanity,” said Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward.

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According to a Netflix source, the information about the content of the next season is “pure speculation”. In one episode, Penny, played by 52-year-old Natascha McElhone, learns to ride a carriage with Philip, played by Jonathan Pryce. Philip tells Penny that her marriage is in “trouble” because they have “grown in separate directions.” Philip and Penny grew closer after the latter’s 5-year-old daughter, Leonora, passed away from kidney cancer in 1991.

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According to sources, Penny Knatchbull has a close relationship with royalty (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Penny, also known as Lady Romsey and Lady Brabourne, frequented Wood Farm, the Norfolk country house outside the Sandringham Estate where the Prince spent much of his time after leaving public life in August 2017. that she was the only non-family member invited to the duke’s 30-person private funeral last year shows just how important a place she had in the duke’s life.

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In fact, the Countess, Queen and Philip were so close that the palace staff are said to have given her the nickname “and too”, as no guest list was considered complete without her. Another indication of Penny’s close ties to the royal family is her attendance at the Queen’s funeral last month.

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