Fans of Victoria have already come across ‘lusty’ Lord Palmerston.
The young queen, played by Jenna Coleman, isn’t one to shy away from an argument and has already clashed with her Foreign Secretary, played by Laurence Fox.
And it seems the drama is firmly based in fact as Queen Victoria is said to have despised the man who went on to become Prime Minister.
The monarch and the politician initially clashed over their very different ideas about Europe.
But it wasn’t just his policies that lead to Victoria detesting Lord Palmerston – it was also his womanising.
Born in 1784, Palmerston was Britain’s PM twice.
But rather than his politics, it’s his scandal-filled love life that has most captured the public’s imagination.
And it seems even being in the presence of royalty couldn’t curb his sexual appetites.
On one visit to Windsor Castle in 1839, Palmerston is said to have tried to creep into the bedroom of one of Queen Victoria’s lady-in-waiting.
Then aged 55, the woman he was said to be lusting after was 22-year-old Susan Brand.
Palmerston claimed he had walked into the bedroom by accident, plausible in a huge palace.
But that doesn’t ring entirely true when he then dragged furntire to barricade the door and tried to force himself on Susan.
Thankfully, she was no wallflower and screamed for help before Palmerston’s advances could go much further.
Following the incident, Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert said: “He would have consummated his fiendish scheme by violence had not the miraculous efforts of his victim, and such assistance as was attracte by her screams, saved her.”
At the time of the incident Palmerston was engaged to Emily Cawper.
Not only had she been his long-term mistress, she was also the sister of Lord Melbourne, the Prime Minister at the time, and Palmerston’s boss.
And this was by far from the last scandal in Lord Palmerston’s love life.
Aged 78 in 1864 he became embroiled in a scandalous divorce, brought by journalist Thaddeus O’Kane.
He was accused of having an affair with Mrs O’Kane, which she denied.
She actually insisted she had never been married to Thaddeus and therefore couldn’t commit adultery.
The case was eventually dismissed and the judge said “no stain should fall on his character”.
But the scandal served to boost Palmerston’s popularity, with a popular cry in the music halls of ‘she may be Kane but is he Abel?’
Even his death was tainted with sexual scandal.
It has been rumoured that Lord Palmerston died while he was trying to seduce a maid on the billiard table of Brocket Hall.
Although the official line is that he died from a chill.
On his death his long-suffering wife inherited the stunning estate.