Season three of 'The Crown' will recreate Princess Margaret's affair with Roddy Llewelyn

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Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in The Crown (Credit: Netflix)
Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret in The Crown (Credit: Netflix)

The upcoming third season of Netflix’s royal drama The Crown will recreate the affair that Princess Margaret had with the baronet Roddy Llewelyn.

New pictures snapped from the show’s set show Helena Bonham Carter, who plays the Queen’s younger sister, disembarking a plane with actor Harry Treadaway, who is playing Llewelyn.

The scene finds the couple on the tarmac after returning to the UK from a trip to Mustique in the Caribbean in 1976, after which they landed to a scrum of press photographers.

The pair had been photographed on a beach together by the News of the World while on holiday, scenes that were reportedly filmed last year.

Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels as Lord Snowden (Credit: PA)
Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels as Lord Snowden (Credit: PA)

Llewelyn, who was 25 and 17 years Princess Margaret’s junior when they embarked on their affair, had made his name as a landscape gardener and latterly a broadcaster and journalist.

Margaret had married the photographer and filmmaker Anthony Armstrong-Jones, later to become Lord Snowdon, in 1960, but confirmed that their marriage had irretrievably broken down in 1976.

The news comes after X-Files actress Gillian Anderson has been confirmed for the role of Margaret Thatcher in series four of the show, which will be filmed back-to-back with series three.

She joins Bonham Carter, Olivia Colman, as the Queen, and Game of Thrones’ Tobias Menzies as the Duke of Edinburgh in the third season, which will air later this year on Netflix.

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