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