THE hit Netflix series The Crown returned to our screens this weekend and history buffs may have taken a keen interest in one of the characters, who lived at the Broadlands estate in Romsey.

The highly-anticipated fourth series features Lord Mountbatten's funeral filmed at Winchester Cathedral in January, which was transformed into Westminster Abbey, as well as St Paul’s Cathedral for Charles and Diana's wedding.

Lord Mountbatten's funeral was held on a sunny day in September 1979 after he was killed by a bomb hidden on his fishing boat in Ireland. Charles and Diana also married on a hot day in July 1981.

During filming, Helena Bonham Carter was seen in costume as the grieving Princess Margaret and Olivia Colman, who plays Queen Elizabeth, was spotted in the Cathedral Close.

Emma Corrin, in full makeup to look like Princess Diana, was also pictured walking around the back of the cathedral.

The first episode, released on Sunday, depicts scenes where Lord Mountbatten, played by Game of Thrones star Charles Dance, confronts Prince Charles for his affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles, who at that point was married to Andrew Parker-Bowles.

The Prince, played by Josh O'Connor, hits back describing him as a "quisling" - meaning a traitor.

This spurs Lord Mountbatten to write a letter accusing Prince Charles of bringing "ruin and disappointment" to the family, demanding he leaves Camilla to marry "some sweet and innocent well-tempered girl with no past".

However, in the drama Charles receives the letter after learning Mountbatten has been assassinated by the IRA.

In reality, there is no record of the letter being written.

The creator of the saga, Peter Morgan, later admitted he "made up" the confrontation between Prince Charles and Lord Mountbatten.

This isn't the first time The Crown has explored Romsey's links to the Royal Family, as it is believed the crew previously filmed at Loseley Park, Surrey, in a bid to recreate the famous Broadlands.

Some of the scenes included shooting on the hill overlooking the house, a dinner party in the great hall, and Lord Mountbatten on the telephone in the drawing-room.

The filming took place over three days in August 2015 and Greg Wise, who played Lord Mountbatten, and Matt Smith, playing Prince Philip, were both filmed there.

The Broadlands also hosted two royal honeymoons - the Queen and Prince Philip, who spent their wedding night there in 1947, including Charles and Diana who visited the 86-acre manor in 1981.