The Crown’s fifth season is dropping in just a few days, and yep, it’s fully covering Tampongate, the erotic tampon-themed phone call (help) between then Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
For those uninitiated, Tampongate happened in 1993—the fated year a “sexy” phone call between Charles and Camilla leaked, which had been recorded years prior in 1989. Dominic West (who plays Charles in The Crown) had previously confirmed the scandal would be covered in the show, but now The Telegraph is out here saying it will be shown as a moment of “genuine affection” between Charles and Camilla, rather than an embarrassing conversation.
According to the outlet, The Crown’s depiction of Tampongate will “leave viewers understanding more about the relationship” between the Future King and Camilla, who will be shown as “truly in love.”
That said, sources are already spiraling (sigh, of course), with one saying the inclusion of the scandal is “crass” and another saying it’s “in bad taste.”
Meanwhile, Dominic West told Entertainment Weekly, “I remember thinking it was something so sordid and deeply, deeply embarrassing [at the time]. Looking back on it, and having to play it, what you’re conscious of is that the blame was not with these two people, two lovers, who were having a private conversation. What’s really [clear now] is how invasive and disgusting was the press’s attention to it, that they printed it out verbatim and you could call a number and listen to the actual tape. I think it made me extremely sympathetic toward the two of them and what they’d gone through.”
In case you simply can’t help yourself and must see the contents of this convo, a snippet can be found this way.
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