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Argyll Vs Argyll & Captain Ian Campbell Scandal



A Very British Scandal Explained: Argyll Vs Argyll & Captain Ian Campbell Scandal: A Very British Scandal is going to be premiered on 26th December on Sunday at 9:00 pm on BBC One, the drama is going to be exploring the highs and various lows of the infamous royal couple the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, their high-profile marriage was thrust into the spotlight when they announced about their divorce in the year 1963. Follow More Update On

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A Very British Scandal Explained

A Very British scandal is a three-part drama about the marital downfall of Ian Douglas Campbell, Duke of Argyll which is played by Paul Bettany and his wife Margaret, Duchess of Argyll which is played by Claire Foy, the relationship became a pretty tabloid in the year 1963, the Duke accused his wife of cheating on him with a total of 88 different men.


To back up all of his claims, the Duke produced a number of polaroids which showed that Duchess performing a sexual act on an unknown man, he stole his photographs from her desk and decided to share them with the world, the identity of the man never got revealed and simply become known as the “headless man” as he could only be seen from the neck down.

Argyll Vs Argyll Scandal Explained

After some years, there have been numerous high-profile names linked to being the potential lover of the Duchess, some of the names include a member of the royal family. Lord Beaverbrook’s heir Mac Aitken and the secretary of State for the Commonwealth at the time, Winston Churchill’s son-in-law Duncan Sandys.

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It was later on revealed that many of the men that Duke had accused his wife of cheating on him with were gay,s eh never revealed the fact as homosexuality was a crime at the time, the Duchess is often considered as the first woman to be “slut-shamed” in the media, she was the first victim of revenge porn.

Captain Ian Campbell Scandal Explained

Lord Wheatley who is the judge on the divorce case stated,  “Her attitude to the sanctity of marriage was what moderns would call ‘enlightened’ but which in plain language was wholly immoral.” He labeled Duchess as a  “completely promiscuous woman” involved in “disgusting sexual activities”.

After this, numerous matters got highlighted in the very public divorce, some of which included accusations of drug-taking, secret recording, bribery, violence, and forgery just to name a few. All of this got documented on the front pages of several newspapers and society columns.


It has been stated by Phelps that, “This is a story about a woman who refused to be slut shamed, who refused to go quietly and refused to do as she was told.
“She set fire to the expectation of her class, gender, and her sex.”