The Crown: Cri de Coeur
December 2, 2019 10:01 AM - Season 3, Episode 10 - Subscribe

As her marriage falls apart, Princess Margaret finds solace in the arms of a much younger landscape gardener. The Queen and the nation celebrate Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. (Season finale)
posted by Cash4Lead (6 comments total)
Though I'm sure it's true to the period, the double standard shown in the family reactions to Margaret and Tony's affairs is really infuriating. They all know Tony's sleeping around but somehow feel no need to do anything about it. But then Margaret does, and the Queen Mum calls her a whore.
posted by dnash at 10:32 AM on December 2 [1 favorite]

But then Margaret does, and the Queen Mum calls her a whore.

Agreed. And it's an interesting parallel to the scene earlier on in the season, when they call Anne in to give them the deets about Charles and Camilla, and the general horror about how she had her own bit of oat-sowing with Parker-Bowles. I guess it's a sign of slight generational progress in that Elizabeth's reaction didn't involve screaming names at her???

I do like, by the way, that Tony's horribleness is more fully shown in this episode, even while they don't let up on Margaret's snobbery and callousness. For most of the season, you see it in passing, and you know he's cheating, and you know they're fighting, but then, he's your POV character for bits of Aberfan.
posted by joyceanmachine at 7:03 AM on December 3 [3 favorites]

I was surprised that the show lets EIGHT YEARS pass unmentioned between eps 9 (Charles' investiture in 1969) and 10 (Silver Jubilee 1977). Episode 10 feels like it picks up reasonably soon after 9, but really there is a gulf of time that passes.
posted by anastasiav at 3:29 PM on December 3

I think you’re getting episode 9 confused with episode 6. Episode 9 takes place in about 1972-1973.
posted by Automocar at 7:35 AM on December 4

To my disappointment, it seems Margaret's trip to Peebles - mission to buy tight swimming trunks for her new toyboy - appears to have been made up. In reality , the pair went shopping in Edinburgh. (The article nevertheless includes a discussion amongst the descendants of the 3 Peebles shops that potentially could have served the pair).

I also liked this article about Margaret's friend, Lady Anne Glenconner, in which we learn that her husband bought Moustique having sailed around it - but without having set foot on it. Also that Margaret "adored cleaning" as well as partying; bet we don't see an episode about that!
posted by rongorongo at 11:15 PM on December 9

Margaret's Mustique island villa is rentable, BTW.
posted by dnash at 9:41 AM on December 10 [1 favorite]

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