Bridgerton season 2 spoilers: Who knows Penelope is Lady Whistledown?

Bridgerton. Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022
Bridgerton. Nicola Coughlan as Penelope Featherington in episode 201 of Bridgerton. Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2022 /

Spoiler alert: Penelope Featherington is Lady Whistledown. The shocking truth was revealed at the end of Bridgerton’s first season and becomes a huge aspect of Bridgerton season 2.

Penelope continues to lurk in the shadows and gather all of the gossip around the ton for the infamous Lady Whistledown scandal sheet. Although some don’t appreciate the tabloid newsletter, everyone can’t wait to see what Whistledown whistleblows in each entry.

But does anyone find out the truth about Penelope’s moonlighting as the ton’s secret Gossip Girl? Unfortunately for her, someone does learn what Penelope has been up to, and it’s a jaw-dropping moment we won’t forget. Here’s who knows the truth about Lady Whistledown.

Warning: Major spoilers from Bridgerton season 2 ahead!

Who finds out Penelope is Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton season 2?

Even though Queen Charlotte believes she uncovered the identity of Lady Whistledown in Eloise Bridgerton, she had her eyes on the wrong person. Eloise, too, sets off on a hunt for Lady Whistledown throughout season 2 and walks away with a win.

It’s not easy for Eloise to track down Lady Whistledown’s identity, but she certainly has some fun getting closer to Theo along the way. She and the printing assistant hit it off, and it’s one of the things Lady Whistledown uses against her. (Of course, it was Penelope protecting her from the queen.)

In the end, Eloise pieces it all together when Penelope casually shares some ton gossip with her during a ball. It’s not only the fact that Penelope caught hard-to-hear gossip, but it’s how she said the particular gossip. Eloise recognizes Lady Whistledown’s voice as Penelope’s own.

The best friends have it out in a hard-to-watch but hard-to-look-away-from argument. Both Eloise and Penelope bring up valid points in the ways Lady Whistledown has impacted their friendship, lives, and families. However, Penelope looks to be leaning into her secret alias in spite of her best friend knowing her secret.

Obviously, the only other person who knows about Penelope being Lady Whistledown is Madame Delacroix, the modiste and dressmaker who benefits from the secret thanks to Penelope giving her shout-out in one of the issues. If only it was as easy with Eloise and the queen!

How will Eloise and Penelope movie forward? Share your thoughts in the comments, and make sure to watch Bridgerton season 2 on Netflix!

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