For a country hell-bent on scything itself off from mainland Europe, the U.K. has begun to demonstrate an intriguingly Continental attitude when it comes to the matter of threesomes. Wherever you look, the stories to emerge from Britain this week all have a touch of the ménage à trois about them.

The first concerns what may still be the country’s most notorious threesome. For some years, The Crown has been bobbing along on a cloud of not very much. There was the episode where Princess Margaret got a bit sad, the episode where Prince Philip grew a beard, a long stretch of episodes where Queen Elizabeth pulled a face that suggested she was trying to contain a bout of gastroenteritis, and that was about it.