CAR­RIE BICKMORE

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is rev­el­ling in royal watch­ing – both real and fic­tional.

I’m cur­rently in a Net­flix funk. You know that space when you’ve fin­ished a se­ries you’ve binged on for weeks but you’re not quite far enough into your new show to be ex­cited about it yet?

My last ast in­dul­gence was The Crown.wn. I know, I’m late to the party! Mum life/work life/no life means I’ll al­ways be late, but how good od is The Crown?

I wentnt in with high ex­pec­ta­tions ations given it’s the most ex­pen­sive xpen­sive show ever made (about­bout $160 mil­lion) and it didn’t idn’t dis­ap­point. It wasn’t’t fast-paced, seat-of-your-pants pants House Of Cards or r Break­ing Bad type view­ing, g, but for some­one who’s never ever re­ally had a fas­ci­na­tion tion with the royal fam­ily, it was a re­minder why they’ve ey’ve dom­i­nated the tabloids oids for decades.

The se­ries cov­ers the death off King Ge­orge VI and how w his un­pre­pared daugh­ter er El­iz­a­beth be­came Queen at just 26. It de­tail­sls the lonely and re­lent­less ss duty re­quired to wear the crown, the six-month nth long trips around the world with­out her young kids, and reg­u­lar­lyu­larly hints at her hus­band Philip’s al­leged phi­lan­der­ing ways. I was so cap­ti­vated by The Crown that I backed it up with the 2006 movie The Queen (once again late to the party!), which por­trays an older Queen El­iz­a­beth II (He­len Mir­ren) as monarch, but also as a grand­mother in the wake of Prince Princess Diana’s death. LikemLike most, I re­mem­ber where I was w when I heard the news of Diana’s death. I was in my fi­nal year of school and on my way to a dan dance con­cert. I re­mem­ber ap­pre ap­pre­ci­at­ing the enor­mity of wh what had hap­pened but, still a teenager, not to­tally conne con­nect­ing with it. No Now as a mum, I have a dif­fer­ent­d­iff ap­pre­ci­a­tion for Dian Diana’s death. Her sons Wil­lia Wil­liam and Harry lost their mothe mother at just 15 and 12 in the most shock­ings of ways and have en­dured a life­time of in­tru in­tru­sive at­ten­tion. You have tomto mar­vel at the bal­anced and charm­ing men they see seem to have be­come. Sure, Harry’s had his w wild mo­ments, but what yo young man hasn’t? He’s h had the perks of be­ing a royal with­out too much re­spo re­spon­si­bil­ity, while Wil­liam bears the bur­den of his fu­ture reign reign. Wil­liam’s done all the “rig “right things” – found a nice wif wife and had a cou­ple of pos­si­ble heirs, to en­sure the crown con­tin­ues to be passed on down tra­di­tional lines.

Yet it de­lights me a lit­tle that lately they seem to be mor­ph­ing into each other. Harry is dat­ing Meghan Markle and ap­par­ently set­tling down. Mean­while, Wil­liam is down­ing Jäger­bombs with a bunch of ladies and dad danc­ing in the Swiss Alps. Wil­liam was nurs­ing a hang­over, while brother Harry was plant­ing a tree at one of his grandma’s con­ser­va­tion projects in the north-east of Lon­don. True story.

The only royal who is yet to spark my in­ter­est is Prince Charles, which is a bum­mer since he’s the one who’s go­ing to be king! Don’t worry, I won’t go into the repub­li­can ver­sus monar­chy de­bate. I’ll leave that to my mate with the red ban­dana. But, if we’re stuck with this crew, can we see if we can skip Charles and have Wills and Harry head up the monar­chy to­gether? The Hemsworths of Buckingham Palace, if you will. What a TV show that would make!

“Mum life/work life/ no life means I’m late to the party, but how good is The Crown?”

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