Fact or fic­tion? The script with a strik­ing sim­i­lar­ity to for­mer prime min­is­ter’s rec­ol­lec­tions

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 One of the open­ing scenes of The Queen fea­tures Tony Blair’s first au­di­ence af­ter be­ing elected Prime Min­is­ter in 1997. Helen Mir­ren as the monarch tells Michael Sheen’s Mr Blair: “You are my tenth Prime Min­is­ter, Mr Blair. The first, of course, was Win­ston Churchill. He sat in your chair in a frock-coat and top hat.” In his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, pub­lished in 2011, five years af­ter The Queen was re­leased, Mr Blair writes that the Queen told him: “You are my tenth Prime Min­is­ter. The first was Win­ston. That was be­fore you were born.”  In the film, Mr Blair re­acts to the death of Princess Diana, telling Alas­tair Camp­bell (Mark Baze­ley): “This is go­ing to be mas­sive, I bet­ter make a state­ment in the morn­ing.”

In his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Mr Blair writes of first hear­ing the news: “I knew that this was go­ing to be a ma­jor na­tional, in fact global, event like no other. I had to ar­tic­u­late what would be a tidal wave of grief and loss in a way that was dig­ni­fied but also ex­pressed the emo­tion and love peo­ple felt for her.”

 In an­other scene, the Queen’s pri­vate sec­re­tary Robin Jan­vrin (Roger Al­lam) watches the “peo­ple’s princess” speech on tele­vi­sion sur­rounded by Royal house­hold staff and says to them: “Bit over the top, isn’t it?” Mr Blair writes: “The phrase ‘peo­ple’s princess’ now seems like some­thing from an­other age. And corny. And over the top.”

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