The Crown will reportedly portray the ‘tampongate’ scandal in its upcoming fifth series, however, it will be shown “sympathetically” as a moment between “two young lovers”. The infamous phone call between Charles and Camilla in 1989 was recorded by an amateur radio fan who claimed to have come across the conversation while moving between audio channels.
During the phone call, which took place while the couple were both married to other people, then-Prince Charles told Camilla he wanted to be reincarnated as a tampon so he could “live inside” her.
The audio and transcript of the six minute conversation was published by a tabloid, and was then dredged back up in 1993 following the announcement of Charles and Diana’s separation.
Netflix bosses said the moment would be depicted “sympathetically as two young lovers”, however, there has been controversy over the “crass” decision made in “bad taste”, according to The Telegraph.
Josh O’Connor, who played a young Prince Charles in series three and four of the show, said he would not film the phone call.
He told SiriusXM in 2020: “When they offered me the role, one of my first questions was – I say questions, I think it was pretty much a statement – “We are not doing the tampon phone call”.
“[The Crown] was my one chance for my parents to see something [I’ve acted in] with no shame and there’s no way I was going to scuttle that by talking about tampons on Netflix.”
Dominic West, who will take up the mantle of playing Charles in the new series, said he previously felt the phone call was “sordid and deeply, deeply embarrassing” but had now changed his mind.
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His co-star Olivia Williams, who will play Camilla, also expressed her sympathy for the couple, with both actors wanting to “do right” by the now-King and Queen Consort.
A spokesperson for Netflix told The Telegraph that The Crown “has always been presented as a drama based on historical events”.
The spokesperson added that series five “will cover events that have already been widely documented by journalists, biographers and historians”, reported the Daily Mail.