The Crown season 3 is here and is already being hailed by the internet as ‘gay rights’

Helena Bonham-Carter as Princess Margaret

The Crown season 3 arrived on Netflix and was instantly hailed as “gay rights”.

The past weekend will go down in history for royal fans, with the arrival of two very different pieces of Windsor-related television.

First up was Prince Andrew’s car-crash interview with Emily Maitliss – in which he discussed his friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein and denied having had sex with a then-teenage girl, claiming that he couldn’t possible have done so because he had been dining at a Pizza Express in Woking at the time.

The interview was widely perceived as a damaging piece of television for the royal family. So what luck that, just hours later, Netflix saw fit to release season three of its glittering monarchial drama-cum-unofficial propaganda, The Crown.

With certified gay icons Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter taking over as Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret, many were particularly glad to have something else to think about.

The Crown said gay rights,” wrote one fan, presumably as she tried to rid herself of the memory of Andrew saying: “If you’re a man it is a positive act to have sex with somebody.”

Another joked about president Lyndon B Johnson claiming: “You can’t screw a man in the ass and then expect him to buy you flowers,” the second-most unexpected claim of the weekend after: “I didn’t sweat at the time.”

Many were left with befuddled by their own attraction to Josh O’Connor as prince Charles, which is to say nothing of the confusion that arose when Prince Andrew dismissed convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s crimes as “unbecoming”.

Bonham Carter’s portrayal as princess Margaret was hailed the performance of the weekend, pipping Maitliss’ own blockbuster turn to the post.

Naturally, many users made the same joke about The Crown eventually catching up with present times.

The Crown season 3 is streaming on Netflix now.