It’s a lesson in the art of reading between the lines, where things left unsaid may signify more than mere words. In early September, The Guardian ran a long piece about the enormously popular Netflix series The Crown, whose third season airs in November. In the article, the show’s creator and writer, Peter Morgan, revealed that he has quarterly meetings with highly placed Buckingham Palace insiders, giving them a heads-up about coming story lines and a chance to “brace themselves slightly.”

Morgan named no names in the interview, leaving readers to decide whether he meant staff, courtiers, or members of the royal family when he identified his contacts only as “people who are very high-ranking and very active within the organization.”