‘The Crown’ Season 5:The True Story of the “Tampongate” Scandal’

Season 5 of The Crown picks up in the 1990s with the Royal Family dealing with one of the biggest scandals in their history. Although previous seasons depicted how the family dealt with a deadly fog, Princess Margaret’s marital problems, the Suez crisis, Margaret Thatcher’s (Gillian Anderson) controversial political positions, and the Falkland War, nothing could have prepared them for the outpouring of media support for Princess Diana (Elizabeth Debicki) following her divorce from Prince Charles (Dominic West). Charles’ public image suffered a setback in 1993 when an embarrassing private phone call was leaked to the press.

The Crown' Season 5
The Crown’ Season 5

The previous season of The Crown revealed Charles’ complicated relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles (Emerald Fennell). Although Charles and Camilla appeared to have split up after his marriage to Diana, Charles begins to regret his hasty proposal and muses about what his life could have been like with Camilla. As cracks appear in his marriage, Charles becomes deeply regretful and continues his affair with Camilla. The Crown is frequently dramatic and scandalous, but Fennell’s heartbreaking performance highlights her unfortunate situation.

The Origin of “Tampongate”

However, when the “Tampongate” tapes were leaked in 1993, both Charles and Camilla were forced to bear the brunt of public outrage. The previous year, a biography of Diana titled Diana: Her True Story by Andrew Morton became a public obsession. The book revealed that Diana encountered opposition from the Royal Family and felt like an outsider in their ranks. She admitted to attempting suicide and struggling with eating disorders as a result of the stress. It certainly painted Diana in a favorable light, especially given the mention of Charles’ relationship with Camilla.

Following the publication of the biography, rumors spread that an illicit conversation between Charles and Camilla had been secretly recorded. The conversation was mentioned in the Daily Mirror and The Sun, but it wasn’t until January 1993, when the Australian magazine New Idea published a graphic translation, that the public learned about it. Charles and Camilla’s conversation included declarations of love as well as embarrassing sexual references that were quickly mocked by media outlets and widely circulated.

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As more international outlets began to cover the story, the leading British publication Sunday Mirror published a transcript. The Royal Family was obviously humiliated; not only was Charles still married to Diana, but Camilla had been married to Andrew Parker Bowles (Andrew Buchan) since 1973. Camilla was portrayed in the press as a disrupter in the relationship who had unjustly stolen Charles’ heart; Charles’ fitness to lead the country was called into question.

The Public Reaction to “Tampongate”

To put it bluntly, the six-minute phone call begins with a series of loving declarations before devolving into more explicit sexual topics. The phone call (dubbed “Tampongate” at the time) is recreated in its entirety in the episode “The Way Ahead” of The Crown Season 5. West stated that he wanted to make certain that the scene’s focus was not on embarrassing Charles, but on exposing the unethical practices that were used to obtain it. “What you’re conscious of is that the blame was not with these two people, two lovers, who were having a private conversation,” he told Entertainment Weekly.

Some of the show’s actors, understandably, were hesitant to recreate such a contentious scene; Season 4’s Josh O’Connor was one of them”This was my one chance for my parents to see something without shame, and there was no way I was going to scupper that by talking about tampons on Netflix,” she joked to Sirius XM.

Charles was frequently mocked, most notably when Dana Carvey played him on Saturday Night Live in 1993. It was his final episode as a series regular, and it is frequently included in collections of Carvey’s best moments. Charles has been the subject of numerous SNL impressions since 1980, including Eric Idle, Charles Rocket, Tim Curry, Jon Lovitz, Seth Meyers, and Beck Bennett.

“Tampongate” and the Ethical Issue

As the Royal Family deals with its personal scandals, the origins of these secret recordings have remained a source of public debate. A similarly intimate conversation between Diana and James Gilbey had been transcribed by press outlets in August 1992. Some media critics speculated that these reports were part of a larger plot to humiliate the Royal Family.

Prince Harry recently sued the News of the World and The Sun for allegedly hacking into his personal phone calls. Both Harry and William have continued to criticize tabloids and newspapers for using unethical methods to learn the dirty secrets of the Royal Family. They’ve also chastised the BBC for the dubious methods used to obtain the infamous Panorama interview Diana told Martin Bashir (Prasanna Puwanarajah) in “An Interview with HRH The Princess of Wales” in 1995.

The Crown has recently come under fire for its portrayal of the Royal Family and dramatization of these personal scandals. Judi Dench, an Academy Award winner, told The Times that the series was “cruelly unjust to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent.” In real life, Charles and Camilla have had to deal with the consequences of The Crown’s popularity; they were both forced to deactivate comments on Twitter and Instagram following their portrayal in Season 4.

Following Queen Elizabeth’s tragic death earlier this year, interest in The Crown, and Charles in particular, is at an all-time high. The Crown has announced that Charles will be crowned King in May of next year’s production on its sixth (and ostensibly final) season It will be fascinating to see how the show and the world react to these recent events, and whether any new consensus emerges.

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