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Princess Margaret's Divorce Will Reportedly Feature in Season Three of 'The Crown'

Is it technically a spoiler if it's decades-old history?
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Season two of The Crown chronicled Princess Margaret's lasting heartache over Peter Townsend and her passionate romance with photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones. But looking ahead, season three of the series will reportedly delve into the deterioration of that relationship.

"We’re now writing season three," the show's history consultant Robert Lacey told me while discussing his new book, The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1 back in 2017.

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"And in season three, without giving anything away—it’s on the record, it’s history—we’ll see the breakup of this extraordinary marriage between Margaret and Snowdon. This season, you see how it starts, and what a strange character, a brilliant character Snowdon was."

The timeline makes sense. Show creator Peter Morgan is reportedly sticking to roughly a decade per season, with season two running through 1964, and featuring Margaret's wedding.

By 1976, Princess Margaret and the Earl of Snowdon had separated after years of infidelity on both sides. They eventually divorced in 1978, marking the first royal divorce since King Henry VIII's in 1540.

Thus far, Princess Margaret has been played on The Crown by Vanessa Kirby, and Matthew Goode will portray Armstrong-Jones in season two, but in the show's next chapter, the Queen's sister will be played by Helena Bonham Carter, and her husband by Ben Daniels.

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Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels as Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon in Season 3 of 'The Crown'
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"[They’re] completely addicted to each other," Daniels has said of Margaret and Snowdon. "Even right up until the minute they were getting divorced, they still had a really strong physical relationship. People often said that it was like foreplay for them, having a big row. They would have these huge rows and then amazing sex."

Expect season three to be as royally dramatic as ever.

*This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com

*Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors

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