A Very British Scandal Season 2, featuring Paul Bettany (WandaVision) and Claire Foy (The Crown), will release on Prime Video on Friday, April 22.
The second season will focus on “the divorce of the Duke (Bettany) and Duchess of Argyll (Foy), one of the most controversial, extraordinary, and violent court cases of the twentieth century,” according to the official synopsis. Margaret, Duchess of Argyll’s scandalous divorce included forgery, drug usage, bribes, and an obscene Polaroid photograph. Her divorce made headlines in the 1960s media due to her personality, beauty, and fashion sense.
Margaret Whigham, played by Netflix’s The Crown star Claire Foy, is a dazzling socialite whose extramarital affairs were exposed by her husband, played by Paul Bettany, who disseminated compromising pictures of his wife in order to gain the divorce. During the trial, the press and public unearthed intimate details about the couple’s romantic history, which inspired the TV show’s fake backstory. This marriage exemplifies the institutionalised misogyny and aristocratic excess that characterised 1960s British culture.
About British Scandal
Claire Foy portrays Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, and Paul Bettany portrays Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll in A Very British Scandal, a 2021 historical drama television miniseries.
Blueprint Pictures previously created A Very English Scandal (2018), a film on the Thorpe affair for which it was nominated for an Academy Award. Sarah Phelps’ A Very British Scandal premiered on BBC One in the United Kingdom on December 26th, 2021.
The Plot Focused On Margaret Campbell, the Duchess of Argyll
Margaret Whigham was a 19-year-old Scottish millionaire’s heiress prior to becoming the Duchess of Argyll. Margaret was a debutante who had already been engaged four times and was making her way through the most illustrious social circles while she was just 19 years old. When she was 15 years old, she allegedly had an illegal abortion.
She married Charles Sweeney, an American socialite and businessman, when she was twenty years old. The Guardian dubbed Margaret’s wedding gown viewing “the media event of the decade,” with upwards of 20,000 people in attendance. While raising the couple’s two children, there were two stillbirths and eight miscarriages. In 1947, as their marriage fell apart, they filed for divorce.
Ian Campbell, Duke of Argyll, had previously been married twice prior to his marriage to Margaret. Campbell, who was born in 1903, developed drinking and gambling addictions as a result of his experiences as a prisoner of war in Germany. His ex-wives allege that he was physically and verbally abusive against them. The Duke inherited Inveraray Castle in Scotland in 1949, when he was the leader of his clan.
Release Date and Review
A Very British Scandal’ (Paul Bettany, WandaVision), starring Claire Foy (The Crown), will premiere on Prime Video on Friday, April 22 with all three episodes.
According to the official narrative, “the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll (Bettany) is one of the twentieth century’s most notorious, spectacular, and violent court cases.” Margaret, Duchess of Argyll’s infamous divorce was entirely owing to her charisma, attractiveness, and sense of style, which garnered headlines in 1960s media.
What Ever Became of the Duchess of Argyll?
Margaret found the divorce procedures challenging, despite her defiance in the face of cruel gossip and societal judgement. Margaret never healed completely from her ordeal. A judge ordered her to pay the majority of her ex-legal husband’s debts, which totaled £50,000 (about $1.4 million in today’s money).
Her wealth began to dwindle during the subsequent decades. To capitalise on her celebrity, she decided to rent out her London property for a price. According to the London Underground, she was evicted from the hotel where she was staying in 1990 due to her inability to pay her rent and bills.
She died in a nursing home in 1993, at the age of 80 and with little money.
During this time period, the Duke married only four months after Margaret’s divorce was finalised. According to her 1975 memoir, Forget Not, her ex-husband was secretly courting his future wife while they were still married, and she was a victim. The Duke died in 1973, aged 69.
A Look At How The Argyll Divorce Case Sheds Light on 20th Century Sexism:
The Duke’s extramarital affairs were not mentioned throughout the trial. Campbell was also not questioned in connection with the theft and display of Margaret’s private photographs — an act that would now be classified as revenge porn. Despite the shift in public perceptions brought about by the oral contraceptive pill’s release in the 1960s, women continued to face harsh condemnation for expressing sexual desires. As an older lady in the public eye—Margaret was 50 at the time of the court proceedings—the “dirty Duchess” faced widespread censure.
Several women’s reputations were tarnished in the 1960s by high-profile sex scandals, such as the Profumo incident. In modern eyes, the “highly sexed” Duchess may appear sexually liberated, and treating her with contempt would be equal to “slut shaming,” as the expression goes.