The Crown (2016– )
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Margaret and Peter come to Elizabeth with a request. With a royal scandal about to break in the newspapers, the Queen Mother intervenes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David, Duke of Windsor
Clemmie Churchill
Winston Churchill
Jock Colville
Martin Charteris
Peter Townsend
Mike Parker
Lizzy McInnerny ...
Bobo Macdonald
Wallis Simpson
Bill Mattheson


Whilst Philip is concerned about Nasser's overthrow of King Farouk in Egypt, the affair between Margaret and Townsend has not escaped the attention of certain newspapers who go to press with it. Margaret asks her sister to sanction their marriage and, despite Philip's disapproval, Elizabeth promises to help. However, Lascelles and the queen mother point out that by law Margaret must wait a further two years until she is twenty-five. Consequently Townsend is posted to Brussels whilst Margaret is on a royal tour of Rhodesia and the romance is curtailed, the press being generally sympathetic to the lovers and perceiving the monarchy as being cruel. Written by don @ minifie-1

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4 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The belly dancer in a photo shown to Prince Philip is Egyptian belly dancer Samia Gamal See more »


Princess Margaret & Peter Townsend are seen riding near Windsor and there is a cutaway to a circling bird of prey. The bird in the film is a Red Kite, which in the 1950s would have not have been seen in England. See more »


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A prominent subplot comes to the forefront.
7 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

The "secret" romance between Queen Margaret and Peter Townsend has been depicted throughout the series, but it has not played a significant role in the central story... until now. A newspaper gets wind of the relationship and warns the royal family that they plan to expose all. From here, things develop into a full-on scandal. This puts Elizabeth in something of a dilemma.

In my opinion, this subplot has been one of the weaker, more one-dimensional elements of this series, so I was less than thrilled to learn that it would be the central focus of this instalment. However, as bland as I find the story of Margaret and Peter, the dilemma which it puts Elizabeth in is quite fascinating, and the real focus of the episode. She is forced to choose between love for her sister and her duty as sovereign.

The episode may have some weaker elements, I would not say that it is weak. It's just a tad less nuanced than some of the previous episodes this season. Overall, I still enjoyed it and I still think it fits in well with the rest.

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