Dominic West Confirms ‘Tampongate’ Is Going in ‘The Crown’

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Over the past few weeks – months, even years? – Buckingham Palace was panicking about the upcoming season of Crown. This fifth installment, slated for a November 9 release, covers Prince Charles’ divorce from Princess Diana. With public revelations of his longtime infidelity and Diana’s complaints about his routine cruelty, the split increased Charles’ popularity. But more than two decades have passed: The Queen has just passed away, and King Charles’ tumultuous reign has only just begun. Afraid that some viewers believe Crown becoming a bona fide piece of non-fiction material, a number of famous Britons (palace aide, Dame Judy Dench, former Prime Minister John Major, who also witnessed a number of old scandals recur ) worried about the effects on His Majesty’s reputation. . They are having a headache over the promising content of the Netflix drama, while here at the Cut we are celebrating a good day. As long as Charles is still sweating CrownThis publication humbly requested that Netflix put “Tampongate” in the show, you coward. Now it looks like the streaming platform really has done it.

According to actor Dominic West, who plays Charles in Crown of In the fifth and sixth seasons, he and Olivia Williams are recreating Tampongate, the 1989 phone call in which Charles and Camilla – unaware that they were talking on an illegal wiretapped wire and their exchange , in a egregious breach of privacy that will eventually leak – engage in some reasonable, if slightly one-sided, dirty talk. I’m reprinting the entire splashy snippet below, for posterity:

CHARLES: Oh, my God. I’ll just live in your pants or something. It will be much easier!

CAMILLA [laughing]: What would you turn into, a pair of panties? [Both laugh.] Oh, you’ll come back as a pantyhose.

CHARLES: Or, God forbid, a Tampax. Just my luck! [Laughs.]

CAMILLA: You are a complete idiot! [Laughs.] Oh, what a great idea.

CHARLES: My luck was to drop down a toilet and just keep swirling at the top, never going down.

CAMILLA [laughing]: Oh dear!

CHARLES: Until the next person passes.

CAMILLA: Oh, maybe you can go back to being a box.

CHARLES: What kind of box?

CAMILLA: A box of Tampax, so you can keep using it.

CHARLES: That’s right.

CAMILLA: Repeating myself… [laughing]. Oh, baby, oh, I just want you now.

When a recording and audio of this conversation hit the headlines in 1993, it sparked quite a bit of attention. Crown of The previous Prince Charles, played by Josh O’Connor, flatly refused to do Tampongate, to our great disappointment. But West is the game, say Weekly entertainment that recreating the tampon call helped him have a more “friendly” view of the relationship.

“I remember thinking it was something so filthy and so profound, so embarrassing,” said West, who lives in Tampongate. “Looking back at it, and having to play it, what you realize is that it’s not the fault of these two, two lovers, who are talking in private. What is really? [clear now] The press noticed how invasive and disgusting it was, so much so that they printed it verbatim “- oops – ” and you can call a number and listen to the actual tape. “

I agree and will also note that, although Charles is always nervous before a Crown debut, the show previously offered a much more sensitive look at him and his relationship with Camilla than audiences typically see on screen. For what it’s worth, I don’t think Charles – if he’s reading it – should spend too much time grumbling about this. Since we here at the Cut have continuously maintained, the sentiment of “I love you so much, I want to be your tampon” is at the core of a sweet sentiment, showing a high level of devotion can help. humanize him. Those are rumored periods of upheaval, like the one Charles allegedly grabbed his servant by the throat in a fit of rage, that could have been riskier. Dominic West Confirms ‘Tampongate’ Is Going in ‘The Crown’

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