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14th May 2020

The Crown will not be including Charles and Camilla’s infamous ‘tampon-gate’ call

Anna Rourke


We’re big fans of The Crown – not least because of how it explores royal scandals.

From the Duke of Windsor’s relationship with Hitler to Princess Margaret’s romance with a married man, the series has never shied away from tackling moments that Elizabeth, Phillip and co. would surely rather forget.

But if you’d been looking forward to seeing how The Crown handles the notorious leaked ‘tampon-gate’ phone call between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles, we have some bad news.

The show won’t be featuring the scandal as a storyline at all, star Josh O’Connor has revealed.

“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,'” he told EW.

“Pre-The Crown, I’ve made many independent films, many television shows where there’s a lot of nudity, a lot of slightly dodgy characters, and this was my one chance for my parents to see something with no shame and there’s no way I was going to scuttle that by talking about tampons on Netflix.”

Kate Middleton

Prince Charles made headlines in 1993 when a secretly recorded phone call between him and Camilla was leaked to the media.

In the call, which was recorded in 1989 when Charles was still married to Princess Diana, the prince was heard telling Camilla, also married at the time, that it would be easier for him if he could “live inside her trousers”.

“What are you going to turn into, a pair of knickers?” Camilla asked.

“Or, God forbid, a Tampax!” he replied.

The story broke a month after Charles and Diana’s separation was announced and was seen as a huge embarrassment for the royal family – but sadly we’ll just have to imagine how it went down.