The Crown season 3: BRAND NEW still shows Prince Charles and Camilla enjoying an intimate moment in their younger years... after show is SLAMMED for inferring the Queen had an affair
- The Crown season 3 will return at the end of this week on November 17
- More iconic scenes have been teased in the new stills from the show, including Prince Charles' investiture and the beginnings of his tryst with Camilla
- Olivia Colman plays the Queen opposite Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, who are seen at Winston Churchill's funeral, in black, mourning the loss of the legendary Prime Minister
- The stills come as the show has been slammed by the Queen's former press secretary for inferring she had an affair with her friend Lord Porchester
Brand new stills from The Crown season three show Prince Charles and Camilla enjoying an intimate moment in their younger years as well as other iconic moments in royal history.
The likes of Winston Churchill's funeral and Charles' investiture are also recreated by stars Olivia Colman [Queen Elizabeth II], Helena Bonham Carter [Princess Margaret] and the rest of the stellar cast ahead of its release on November 17.
While fans will be thrilled to see snippets from the important scenes, the show has come under fire in recent days after the Queen's former press secretary slammed it for suggesting the monarch had an affair with Lord Porchester.
The Crown season 3: Brand new still shows Prince Charles (Josh O'Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) enjoying an intimate moment in their younger years... after the show was SLAMMED for inferring the Queen had an affair
Tryst: Camilla Parker-Bowles and the Prince of Wales are pictured leaving the New London Theatre in Drury Lane after attending the Deja Revue on Valentines Day 1975
Dickie Arbiter, 79, has hit out at the intimation that Queen Elizabeth II may have been romantically involved with her horse race manager.
The popular Netflix drama is soon to air episodes that show the Queen travelling to stud farms in both America and France with Lord Porchester, which later sparks an on screen row with her husband when she returns to Buckingham Palace.
It is not known if the scene between Charles (Josh O'Connor) and Camilla (Emerald Fennell) depicts an affair between them or the time they first started dating before Charles met his future wife, Diana.
Charles and Camilla famously first met in 1970 at a polo match at Windsor Great Park. They begin dating but Charles left to serve in the Navy for eight months. When he returned, Camilla was engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles, who she married in 1973.
Not long now: With just seven days before Netflix's The Crown returns to screens for its third season, the streaming magnate has released brand new stills from the show depicting iconic moments in royal history, such as the funeral of Prime Minister Winston Churchill
Recreation: A scene depicting Winston Churchill's funeral in the third season of the streaming website's show, The Crown, sees actors replicate the moment Churchill's coffin was carried down the aisle
Teaser: The funeral of Sir Winston Churchill, which will be depicted in the latest season of the hit Netfllix show, took place on January 30 1965, six days after his death
Ten years on, Charles began dating Lady Diana and proposed a year later - they married in June 1981. It was reported that he and Camilla embarked on an affair in 1986.
In December 1992, Charles and Diana separated and divorced a year later. In January 1995, Camilla and Andrew divorce. Diana passed away in 1997 in a car crash in Paris.
In 2005, Charles and Camilla announced their engagement and they married two months later.
Meanwhile, Olivia Colman plays the Queen opposite Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
He is seen in snaps from Churchill's funeral, standing alongside his on-screen wife, in black, mourning the loss of the legendary Prime Minister.
He is also present at their son Prince Charles' investiture - the Prince of Wales portrayed in the series by actor O'Connor, who stands next to his mother in a traditional cloak and crown, holding a scepter.
This took place on July 1 1969 in real-life, and is perfectly replicated on the Netflix series, right down to the then-20-year-old prince's nervous demeanour and his mother's steeliness as she presides over the ceremony.
Erin Doherty as the Princess Royal, Marion Bailey as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon also appear in this scene - the ladies in identical pastel ensembles as was the case on the real day.
Art imitating life: The Prince of Wales during his investiture alongside his mother Queen Elizabeth II in July 1969 [L] is recreated by Josh O'Connor and Olivia Colman [R] in the new season
Like for like? Harold Wilson [L] can also be seen in the new stills, depicted by W1A and Line Of Duty actor Jason Watkins [R]
Charles and Camilla: A timeline
Charles and Camilla famously first met at a polo match at Windsor Great Park
They begin dating but Charles left to serve in the Navy for eight months. When he returned, Camilla was engaged to Andrew Parker Bowles
Camilla marries Parker Bowles
Ten years on, Charles began dating Lady Diana and proposed a year later
Charles and Diana marry
It was reported that Charles and Camilla embarked on an affair in 1986.
Charles and Diana separated and divorced a year later - in 1995, Camilla divorces Andrew
Diana died in a car crash in Paris
Charles and Camilla announced their engagement and they marry two months later
Josh is also seen in a scene with actress Fennell as Camilla Shand, who would later become Charles' second wife and the Duchess of Cornwall.
The pair look close in the snaps, depicting the start of their own tryst, which famously led to the end of his marriage to Princess Diana.
But while this affair is well-documented, the suggestion that there may have been an illicit relationship between Charles' mother the Queen and Lord Porchester [played by played by Joseph Kloska] at any point in their friendship has been branded as 'muckraking' by ex-press officer Mr Arbiter.
'This is very distasteful and totally unfounded,' he said, speaking to The Sunday Times.
He added: 'The Queen is the last person in the world to have ever considered looking at another man.
'The Crown is a fiction.
'No one knows any conversation between members of the royal family, but people will tell the story the way they want to and sensationalise it.'
Unsubstantiated rumours about the relationship between the Queen and Lord Porchester have circulated for a number of years.
But the pair remained close up until his death in 2001.
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 at the time by Matt Smith before the cast was refreshed for the new generation - was trying to find his place within the royal household but inadvertently caused fractures in his relationship with his wife [played by Claire Foy].
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.
'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.'
In one episode of the new season, Prince Philip becomes suspicious over the Queen's month-long visit to stud farms in France and the US with Porchie and questions her when she returns.
Pastels: Princess Anne, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret arriving for the investiture of the Prince of Wales [L] and their actress counterparts, Erin Doherty as the Princess Royal, Marion Bailey as Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret recreating the scenes in The Crown [R]
A frosty encounter set in Buckingham Palace sees her snapping back in irritation: 'If you have something to say, say it now. Otherwise, if you don't mind, I'm busy.'
The show's producer Peter Morgan has previously admitted to using artistic licence with the storylines but Buckingham Palace has so far refused to be drawn into debates.
The Crown has also been accused of portraying Princess Anne as a man-eater.
The upcoming season includes an episode where Princess Anne wears frilly black lingerie in bed as her then-boyfriend Andrew Parker Bowles walks around bare-chested and declares: 'That was fun.'
Anne, played by Erin Doherty, 27, agrees with this and the pair get back into bed. The scene supposedly takes place in the early 1970s before Army officer Parker Bowles married Camilla – who dated Prince Charles around the same time.
TV portrayal: The Crown has also been accused of portraying Princess Anne as a man-eater [Pictured: Erin Doherty as Anne]
Back in the day: Prince Philip and Princess Anne on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in New Zealand in the 1960s
The show's fondness for marital conflicts and bedroom antics within the Royal Family has come in for criticism before. Historian and royal biographer Hugo Vickers complained the first series was let down by 'some quite remarkable lapses into vulgarity'.
Morgan, who was educated at top private schools, has defended its creative licence, arguing several episodes included constitutional issues.
This had 'earned' him the right to include 'a bit of sex, a bit of playfulness', he told the New York Times. He has also insisted that he was 'absolutely fastidious about there being an underlying truth'.
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.
Wilson can also be seen in the new stills, depicted by W1A and Line Of Duty actor Jason Watkins.
Before Camilla: Andrew Parker Bowles with Princess Anne in 1971