The Worst Episodes of The Crown: Avoid These Royal Missteps.

As a dedicated fan of The Crown, I’ve been on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the series. From the highs of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation to the lows of Prince Philip’s scandalous affairs, I’ve been hooked on every episode. However, not every episode has lived up to my expectations. In fact, some have been downright cringe-worthy. So, let’s take a journey down memory lane and revisit the worst episodes of The Crown. From disappointing plotlines to cringe-worthy acting, this listicle has got it all. So, grab your popcorn and get ready to cringe along with me.
Couple 31

Couple 31

Season 5 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2022-11-09

The Princess of Wales contends with the repercussions of her statements. The Queen asks the Prime Minister for his help in a delicate family matter.

No Woman's Land

No Woman’s Land

Season 5 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2022-11-09

As BBC’s Martin Bashir goes to great lengths to secure an interview with Diana, the lonely princess finds purpose and warmth in a London hospital.

The Way Ahead

The Way Ahead

Season 5 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2022-11-09

Faced with the fallout of an intercepted call with Camilla and the consequent kickback to his marriage, Prince Charles must navigate a scandal.

Decommissioned

Decommissioned

Season 5 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2022-11-09

After heightened public scrutiny, Charles forges a new alliance in Hong Kong. Mohamed Al-Fayed offers his support to a newly-divorced Diana.

The System

The System

Season 5 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2022-11-09

Prince Philip offers his support to a grieving family member. Keen to snatch a scoop, a tabloid journalist approaches Diana about a tell-all book.

Queen Victoria Syndrome

Queen Victoria Syndrome

Season 5 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2022-11-09

A much-needed update to the Royal Yacht draws scrutiny to the Queen’s reign. Hounded by the press, Charles and Diana have a second honeymoon in Italy.

Ipatiev House

Ipatiev House

Season 5 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2022-11-09

Eager to lead a newly democratic Russia, President Yeltsin tries to win the Queen’s support while she navigates new rifts in her marriage with Philip.

Mou Mou

Mou Mou

Season 5 – Episode 3

Air Date: 2022-11-09

In 1946, an Egyptian street vendor finds inspiration in the abdicated King Edward. Years later, he eagerly tries to integrate into British High Society.

Gunpowder

Gunpowder

Season 5 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2022-11-09

The Queen spends quality time with Prince William. On Guy Fawkes Night, fireworks make for a perfect distraction from Diana’s BBC interview.

Annus Horribilis

Annus Horribilis

Season 5 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2022-11-09

Between a fire at Windsor Castle and tensions in her children’s marriages, the Queen commemorates and reassesses her 40 years on the throne.

Imbroglio

Imbroglio

Season 3 – Episode 9

Air Date: 2019-11-17

While Princess Anne dates her elder brother’s polo rival Andrew Parker Bowles, Prince Charles falls deeply in love with Camilla Shand causing the Queen Mother and Lord Mountbatten to interfere.

Olding

Olding

Season 3 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2019-11-17

The royal family mourns the passing of Winston Churchill. The United Kingdom ushers in a new prime minister, the Labour Party’s Harold Wilson whom Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth hear might be a Soviet spy.

Dangling Man

Dangling Man

Season 3 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2019-11-17

Charles visits the exiled Duke of Windsor in his Paris chateau, only to find him very ill. But will the Queen make peace with her uncle before he dies?

Moondust

Moondust

Season 3 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2019-11-17

The 1969 moon landing occasions a mid-life crisis in Prince Philip, who thinks of the adventures he has missed as the Queen’s consort.

Coup

Coup

Season 3 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2019-11-17

While the Queen travels abroad to learn about horse training, unhappiness among the British elite with the devaluation of the pound involves Lord Mountbatten in a plan to oust Harold Wilson.

Wolferton Splash

Wolferton Splash

Season 1 – Episode 1

Air Date: 2016-11-04

A young Princess Elizabeth marries Prince Philip. As King George VI’s health worsens, Winston Churchill is elected prime minister for the second time.

Beryl

Beryl

Season 2 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2017-12-08

When Elizabeth and Philip throw a grand party for their 10th anniversary, both Margaret and the new Prime Minister experience romantic tribulations.

Cri de Coeur

Cri de Coeur

Season 3 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2019-11-17

As her marriage falls apart, Princess Margaret finds solace in the arms of a much younger landscape gardener. The Queen and the nation celebrate Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee.

Gelignite

Gelignite

Season 1 – Episode 6

Air Date: 2016-11-04

Margaret and Peter come to Elizabeth with a request. With a royal scandal about to break in the newspapers, the Queen Mother intervenes.

A Company of Men

A Company of Men

Season 2 – Episode 2

Air Date: 2017-12-08

Elizabeth feels disconnected from Philip. Eden copes with international pressure and ill health. An interview stirs up harrowing memories for Philip.