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?”