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Is The Crown series two to hint at Prince Philip affair?

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 16/03/2017 By Adam White
Is The Crown series two to hint at Prince Philip affair?

The creator of the Netflix sensation The Crown has hinted that the next season of the series will tackle long-standing speculation that Prince Philip once had an affair.

Peter Morgan's comments came during a panel to discuss the programme, reports the Daily Mail, with Morgan asking, "Doesn't everyone in Britain know he had an affair?"

The real-life Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, during their engagement announcement in 1947Credit: Fox Photos/Getty Images

Morgan is likely referring to rumours that circulated during the late Fifties, which will be the setting for The Crown's second season, in which the Duke of Edinburgh was linked to actress Pat Kirkwood and TV star Katie Boyle. He was also speculated to have brought a mysterious woman onto the Royal Yacht Britannia while touring overseas.

Prince Philip has previously been depicted on The Crown as a slightly petulant, argumentative presence in the young Queen's life, particularly an incident in which he tried to have the royal surname changed from House of Windsor to House of Mountbatten.

Claire Foy and Matt Smith in the first season of Netflix's The CrownCredit: Alex Bailey/Netflix

Actor Matt Smith, who portrays the Prince, has previously said that he enjoys playing the real-life royal as something of a rule-breaker.

"What's interesting about him is that he has always spoken his mind and has never been afraid to say what he thinks and was certainly in the early days a bit of an outsider, a bit of a maverick," he told Radio Times . "And to a certain extent he still is. He has always been a forward thinker. He's always telling [the Queen] 'let's think outside the box'."

Morgan also revealed during the press panel that the next season of The Crown, which will reportedly arrive on Netflix in November, will take place during the years of 1956 to 1964, and that subsequent seasons will likely be set so much further into the late 20th century that actors including Smith and series lead Claire Foy will need to be replaced.

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