Royal biographer Tom Bower claims 'a lot of The Crown IS true' and defends claims that the Queen and horse race manager Lord Porchester had 'more than a passionate friendship'

  • Royal biographer Tom Bower appeared on Good Morning Britain today 
  • Suggested that 'a lot of The Crown is true' and 'a lot of the affairs did happen'  
  • Relationship between the Queen and Lord Porchester is hinted at in third season 
  • Meanwhile Dickie Arbiter insisted it was an 'employee employer' relationship
  • Unsubstantiated rumours about a relationship have circulated for many years 

A royal biographer has claimed that 'a lot of The Crown is true' and insisted that nobody can prove The Queen and her horse racing manager Lord Porchester didn't share 'more than just a passionate friendship.'

Tom Bower joined the The Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter on Good Morning Britain today, with the biographer suggesting that the programme could be closer to fact than fiction.

The popular Netflix drama, which is now in its third series, has caused controversy after it emerged episodes will hint that the royal may have been romantically involved with her horse race manager. 

But despite Dickie's claim the storyline is 'muckracking', Tom defended the drama, saying: 'I think a lot of it is true, I think a lot of is well researched, a lot of the arguments, a lot of the affairs, a lot of the issues did happen.' 

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Royal biographer Tom Bower clashed with the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter on Good Morning Britain as he suggested that 'a lot' of the storylines in The Crown are true

Royal biographer Tom Bower clashed with the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter on Good Morning Britain as he suggested that 'a lot' of the storylines in The Crown are true 

The third season of The Crown hints at an alleged affair between the Queen and her horse racing manager Lord Porchester. Pictured: Claire Foy as the royal and Joseph Kloska as Porchie in the second season of the drama

The debate comes ahead of the third season of The Crown, in which an episode hints at an alleged affair between The Queen and her horse racing manager Lord Porchester (Claire Foy as the royal and Joseph Kloska as Porchie in the second season of the drama) 

Dickie has hit the headlines in the past week as he slammed the suggestion the royal had an inappropriate relationship with Lord Porchester. 

In an upcoming epsiode of the Netflix drama, the Queen is depicted as travelling to stud farms in both America and France with Lord Porchester.

The Queen's time away and her affectionate nickname for her travel companion, Porchie, sparks an on screen row with her husband when she returns to Buckingham Palace.

The suggestion that there may have been an illicit affair between the pair at any point in their friendship has since been branded as 'muckraking' by Mr Arbiter. 

Dickie insisted the Netflix drama should be viewed as 'entertainment', saying 'nobody knows what happens behind closed doors'

Dickie insisted the Netflix drama should be viewed as 'entertainment', saying 'nobody knows what happens behind closed doors' 

Dickie slammed the drama on the breakfast programme this morning, saying: 'You've got to look at it as entertainment. It's based on events of the day, but with a fictitious script. 

'Nobody knows, not even I know, what happens behind closed doors. You've got to draw the line at trying to display it as fact.' 

But he also doubted whether anything could 'damage' the royals, saying: 'Monarchy has been lampooned for decades for centuries. Monarchy have always been a target.'

Presenter Piers Morgan suggested that he thought the programme had 'a ring of truth' and was viewed as 'historically accurate', to which Tom agreed.

However Tom disagreed, suggesting the programme was 'well researched' and calling it 'quite reliable'

However Tom disagreed, suggesting the programme was 'well researched' and calling it 'quite reliable' 

He said: 'I think a lot of it is true, I think a lot of is well researched, a lot of the arguments, a lot of the affairs, a lot of the issues did happen.

'So much has come through from people at the scenes so it's quite reliable. If it's done in a sexy way then there's nothing wrong with that.'

He added: 'There's no doubt that the Queen had a close friendship with Lord Porchester, and we don't know if there was more than just a passionate friendship.

'We'll probably know in one hundred years.'

The suggestion that there may have been an illicit affair between the pair at any point in their friendship has since been branded as 'muckraking' by the Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter (pictured earlier this week on Good Morning Britain)

Dickie suggested that the suggestion of an inappropriate relationship between the Queen and Lord Porchester was for 'publicity' 

But Dickie said he was sure it was all just for 'publicity', saying: 'There's an element of trying to embarrass. 

'This is what Peter Morgan has been majoring on in terms of publicity. If that hadn't been in there, we wouldn't be here talking about it.'

He went on to say that The Queen's relationship with Porchie had been 'an employee employer relationship.'

The two men clashed on the breakfast programme as they debated the historical accuracy of the popular Netflix drama

The two men clashed on the breakfast programme as they debated the historical accuracy of the popular Netflix drama 

But Tom interrupted, saying: 'It was much deeper than that.'

Dickie added: 'That doesn't mean to say a relationship, he means close friends.'

Unsubstantiated rumours about the relationship between the Queen, played by Olivia Colman, and Lord Porchester, played by Joseph Kloska, have circulated for a number of years.

But the pair remained close up until his death in 2001.

Unsubstantiated rumours about the relationship between the Queen and Lord Porchester, pictured together, have circulated for a number of years

Unsubstantiated rumours about the relationship between the Queen and Lord Porchester, pictured together, have circulated for a number of years

This is just the latest hint of a romantic relationship to play out in The Crown after tensions between the Queen and Prince Philip over the horse race manager first appeared in series one.

Prince Philip, played by Tobias Menzies, was trying to find his place within the royal household but inadvertently caused fractures in his relationship with his wife.

In one episode during a heated row, the Queen turned to Philip and said: 'I have nothing to hide from you, Porchie is a friend.

The upcoming season of the Netflix drama, which stars Olivia Colman as The Queen, hints at the relationship (pictured here with Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh)

The upcoming season of the Netflix drama, which stars Olivia Colman as The Queen, hints at the relationship (pictured here with Tobias Menzies as The Duke of Edinburgh) 

'And yes, there are those who would have preferred me to marry him, but to everyone's regret and frustration the only person I have ever loved is you.'

The shows producer Peter Morgan has previously admitted to using artistic licence with the story lines but Buckingham Palace has so far refused to be drawn into debates.

The new series of the Crown starts next Sunday and will cover the time period from Harold Wilson's 1964 election as Prime Minister to the Queen's 1977 silver jubilee.

Royal biographer claims 'a lot of The Crown is true' on Good Morning Britain

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