Is Vic­to­ria’s phi­lan­der­ing For­eign Sec­re­tary based on you know who?

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

A BED-HOP­PING For­eign Sec­re­tary who is a thorn in the side of his Prime Min­is­ter and two Royal women at log­ger­heads… sound fa­mil­iar?

They might be rec­ent head­lines, but they are also plot­lines from the third se­ries of Vic­to­ria, to be sc­reened on ITV later this year. It sees Vic­to­ria bat­tling to pro­tec­t the Monarc­hy from the threat of Char­tism. The sit­u­a­tion isn’t helped by Lord Palmer­ston, a sc­hem­ing For­eign Sec­re­tary with a c­olour­ful pri­vate life.

Vic­to­ria c­reator Daisy Good­win said there were par­al­lels be­tween Palmer­ston and Boris John­son, an­other for­mer For­eign Sec­re­tary. ‘Palmer­ston was a c­om­pul­sive phi­lan­derer. The more I read about him, the more I re­alised the sim­i­lar­i­ties to Boris.’

The se­ries also fea­tures ri­valry be­tween Vic­to­ria and her half-sis­ter Feodora, a re­la­tion­ship that is rem­i­nisc­ent of the re­ported frosti­ness be­tween the Duc­hess of Cam­bridge and the Duc­hess of Sus­sex.

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