All the things The Crown Series 3 got wrong from Princess Margarets overdose to the Queens affair with Porchie


WE ALL enjoyed watching Princess Margaret getting roaring drunk and telling filthy limericks to then US president Lyndon B. Johnson on TV series The Crown.

The problem is, as HOAR exclusively revealed, it never actually happened.

Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) enjoying a drunken dinner with Lyndon B. Johnson in The Crown

Like many of the scenes in the Netflix drama, writer Peter Morgan made up the entire story for dramatic effect.

While the trip to the White House did take place, Morgan has no idea if the Queens sister really did behave so outrageously and theres certainly no evidence she made up shocking rhymes about using sticks of dynamite as sex toys.

Its not always easy to tell which parts ofTheCrownare accurate depictions of history, and which are figments of its writers imagination.

Now in its third series, with Olivia Colman starring as Her Majesty and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret,theshow has a habit of playing fast and loose withthetruth.

In his new book, The Crown Dissected, respected royal author Hugo Vickers unravels fact from fiction.

Here are some of the most glaring inaccuracies in series three of the hit drama.

The real White House meeting, attended by Princess Margaret and husband Lord Snowdon, may not have been so riotous

Episode 1: Churchills death

Atthestart of season three, we seetheQueen visiting a very sick and aged Sir Winston Churchill (John Lithgow), following his stroke in January 1965.

Fiction:Thepair share political insights about Harold Wilson and have a poignant moment. As he falls asleep,theQueen tidies away his spectacles and fondly kisses him ontheforehead before saying Bless you, Winston.

Fact: It never happened.TheQueen didnt visit Churchill after his stroke and certainly didnt kiss him – something Vickers describes in his book as pure schmaltz.

By this time the former prime minister was senile and incapable of coherent conversation so that touching exchange could not have taken place. The Queen did however attend his funeral.

The Queen (Olivia Colman) is seen talking to Churchill on his deathbed but this is fiction, although she did attend his funeral
Churchill (John Lithgow) on his death bed in The Crown
The Queen attends the funeral of the former PM

Episode 4: The ‘disastrous’ documentary

Its 1969, man is about to land on the moon and the Royal family are keen to keep up with the changing times and appear more media-friendly.

They agree to take part in an ahead-of-its-time reality TV show titled, rather unimaginatively, Royal Family.

Almost 40 years before The Kardashians, the Windsors allow TV cameras to follow them around for a fly-on-the-wall-style documentary in episode four.

Fiction: When the show is aired, press reviews tear it apart, saying it is a disaster for the Royal Family. The Queen is absolutely furious and bans it from ever being shown again.

Fact: In real life the documentary was well received by critics and the public loved it. It was watched by 400 million people in 130 different countries, including an estimated 68 per cent of the British population.

Thethen Private Secretary, Sir William Heseltine, said, It was a fantastic success.

At the time it was repeated both on the BBC and ITV, but it is true that its no longer allowed to be seen.

The documentary was actually a roaring success
TV cameras creating a fly-on-the-wall-style documentary on The Crown

Episode 5:TheQueens affair with Lord Porchester

One of the seasons most controversial episodes insinuates that Queen Elizabeth once had an affair with her horse trainer Lord Porchester, a long-time personal friend.

Fiction: In the show, after her horse, Apprentice, loses at Royal Ascot, the Queen travels around Europe and America with Porchie for a month, visiting a number of equestrian farms.

On her return totheUK, she is quizzed aboutthetrip by a suspicious Prince Philip (played by Tobias Menzies).

If you have something to say, say it now, she tells him. Otherwise, if you dont mind, Im busy.

Fact: There is no evidence to suggest an affair ever took place. Its just unfounded gossip.

The Queen has never gone abroad for a whole month for private breaks, as she sees that as neglecting her duties at home.

What is true is that the Queen is a passionate equestrian and, were she not a monarch, may well have had a career breeding racehorses.

Olivia Colman and John Hollingworth in The Crown and the Queen, at the Newbury Races in 1969, with Porchester

Episode 9: The conspiracy to keep Charles and Camilla apart

It has takenthepublic decades to warm to Camilla and accept that her relationship with Charles isthereal deal.

But it seemstheroyals werent too happy aboutthecouple either.

TheCrownsuggests that when Charles met Camilla in 1972 and fell madly in love with her,theRoyal Family were so against their union that Lord Mountbatten andtheQueen Mother secretly came up with a plot to prevent it.

Fiction: In the show, Charles is sent away overseas and the royals sit down with Camillas family and Andrew Parker-Bowles, who shed recently split up with, to orchestrate his marriage to Camilla instead.

When Camilla decides to marry Parker-Bowles, Charles is told by Mountbatten and melodramatically crumples at the news.

Fact: This conspiracy never happened. In reality,theQueen Mother and Mountbatten didnt get on, so they would never have come up with this scheme together.

Whats more, at the time Camilla is said to have been deeply in love with Andrew.

We dont know how Prince Charles reacted to news of Camillas impending nuptials; he was serving overseas atthetime. Theres certainly no evidence that he collapsed withtheshock.

Josh O’Connor and Emerald Fennell in The Crown, left, and the real couple, in 1975
Camilla and Andrew on their wedding day in 1973

Episode 10: Princess Margaret scandal and ‘overdose’

Towardstheend of her marriage to Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret took up with toyboy Roddy Llewellyn.

And when she and Snowdon split, their divorce becamethefirst royal divorce since Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves.

Fiction: When paparazzi pictures of Roddy and Margaret on holiday in Mustique emerged, it drovethenail intothecoffin ofthefailing marriage. In despair, Margaret attempted suicide by taking a large quantity of sleeping pills.

Fact: Despite whattheepisode portrays, a bearded press photographer did not find his way on to Mustique and take snaps of Roddy rubbing sun cream into Princess Margarets legs.

Margaret did, in fact, take an overdose, but it wasnt until 1978, when Roddy got fed up of her and fled to Turkey. And the truth is, she never intended to kill herself. She was just being a drama queen. Margaret was, by all accounts, said to be a great actress.

“I was so exhausted because of everything that all I wanted to do was sleep and I did, right through to the following afternoon,” she later said.

The Crown Dissected by Hugo Vickers is published by Zuleika

This scene, where Roddy was snapped massaging oil into Margaret, was false but they were pictured separately on the same holiday in Mustique