One of most shocking moments is depicted in season 5 of the hit Netflix series

The Tampongate phone call that triggered a royal scandal almost 30 years ago is back in the headlines thanks to the upcoming season of The Crown.

The hit Netflix show is revisiting the private conversation between Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles that was made public when now defunct tabloid The People printed a leaked transcript in 1993, just months after the prince officially split from Diana, Princess of Wales.

During the phone call, which took place in 1989, Charles told his then-mistress Camilla that he wanted to be reincarnated as a tampon so he could live inside her – comments that sparked uproar after being repeated in newspapers worldwide.

If The Crown screenwriter Peter Morgan had dreamt up the storyline and dialogue of the now infamous phone call, the audience would have surely deemed it crass and too far-fetched.

But “truth is much stranger than fiction”, the magazine continued. “Mortifyingly to all involved”, Tampongate “rocked British society” after the audio was leaked by a “rogue radio enthusiast who had stumbled upon the chat using a hi-tech scanning device.”

The incident rocked royal fans when it was leaked to the press in 1993.

The call exposed the relationship between the then Prince and his lover, while they were both married to different people.

The phone call occurred while the then Prince Charles was married to Princess Diana, and Camilla was married to Andrew Parker Bowles.