A lot of Filipinos are hooked on the Netflix drama series “The Crown” which follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II. So imagine their surprise when no less than former First Lady Imelda Marcos was mentioned during the third episode of Season 4.
The catch? It was a mention that put the former First Lady in a bad light.
In the episode, Princess Margaret, the Countess of Snowdon (Helena Bonham Carter), was talking to the other royals and decided to recount her official visit to the Philippines in 1980.
“So, there we are in Manila, in the middle of a state banquet, when who barges into the room? None other than Imelda Marcos. She makes a beeline straight for me, saying she’s desperate to show me her… wait for it…” Princess Margaret paused for effect.
“Shoe collection,” Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) answered for her. But Princess Margaret corrected her: “Shell collection.”
The royals in the room laughed at the story, while some suggested that Marcos probably had something in her teeth at the time and Princess Margaret simply misunderstood her. “She was probably trying to say ‘shoe,’ and you misunderstood her,” Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) said.
But Princess Margaret insisted: “No, I can assure you, it was seashells.”
The scene sparked thousands of conversations on Twitter, with the majority of netizens appreciating how the show threw “shade” at Marcos.