‘The Crown’ Season 3: Did Queen Elizabeth Really Think Harold Wilson Was a Russian Spy?

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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Did Queen Elizabeth Really Think Harold Wilson Was a Russian Spy?
(Some spoilers ahead for “Olding,” the first episode of season 3 of “The Crown” on Netflix)

In the first new episode of “The Crown” with its revamped cast, the series takes on an amusing and strangely topical storyline — that of the 1964 Parliamentary election that brought the leftist Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) to power.

As the episode starts, the residents of Buckingham Palace are at least mildly upset that the Labour Party looks poised to take enough seats in the election to hoist Wilson to the Prime Ministership. Ahead of the election, Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) mentions to the queen over dinner that he heard that Wilson has been turned by the Soviets when he had visited Russia on a trade mission. The queen is at first skeptical of this idea, saying that if he was really a spy then MI5 probably would have dealt with it by now.

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