The Crown slammed for Charles & Camilla storyline that ‘could do lot of damage’

The highly anticipated third season of The Crown will hit our screens this month, with the incredible Olivia Colman taking over the starring role.

The 10 episodes will cover a number of historical events and key moments in the Royal Family's lives, including the death of the Queen's uncle, the former King Edward VIII, the Moon Landing and Prince Charles's early relationships.

But one storyline in the new series, which comes to Netflix on November 17, has outraged royal experts and biographers – the Queen Mother and Lord Mountbatten trying to break up Charles and Camilla Shand.

In the programme, Charles, who is played by Josh O'Connor, starts dating his future second wife after meeting her at a polo match in the 1970s.

However the future Duchess of Cornwall was in an on-off relationship with Major Andrew Parker Bowles.

The series shows the Royal Family's concerns about their romance, and shows Charles's grandmother and Lord Mountbatten joining forces to try and break them up.

Mountbatten arranges for Charles to be posted overseas while the Queen Mother tries to encourage Camilla and Andrew's relationship.

Royal author Penny Junor told the Telegraph she's concerned about what the dramatised version of the events could do for the family's reputation.

She insists that Camilla was very much in love with Andrew when she met Charles and they had already been close for several years.

She also says the prince was always due to go to the Caribbean and she's never heard anything else suggested.

She said: "He was a commanding officer, Charles was very much a work in progress at that point, there was no competition between the two men.

"That’s what terrifies me about the whole series. It can do a lot of damage."

Expert Christopher Wilson also finds the idea of the Queen Mother and Lord Mountbatten working together very hard to believe.

He claims she was "never a great fan of his" and said she "always treated him with suspicion".

He told the newspaper: "I don’t know why (creator) Peter Morgan has taken this line. The story is good enough without embellishing it."

For the latest season of The Crown Colman takes over from Claire Foy to play the Queen.

The Mirror's TV columnist Sara Wallis writes : "The show’s seven million fans will not be disappointed, with Olivia every bit the majestic middle-aged monarch we’ve been waiting for.

"Impeccable accent, stoic British stiff upper lip, our Queen may have changed, but we believe it’s just the passing of time. It’s not like that time Ben in EastEnders turned up one day with a new head."

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