His­tory vs Hol­ly­wood

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Was The Mad­ness of King Ge­orge an act of cruel calumny?

01 The king’s son, the Prince of Wales, played by Rupert Everett, is de­picted as a schem­ing vil­lain who can­not wait to be named as re­gent on be­half of his father. In re­al­ity, the prince was far more con­flicted over his father’s ill­ness, de­spite his de­sire for the re­gency. 02 The movie in­cludes scenes where the king, played by Nigel Hawthorne, is given var­i­ous treat­ments by his physi­cian Dr Warren to try and cure his ill­ness. Th­ese in­clude blis­ter­ing, purga­tives and cup­ping, all of which were re­ally given to Ge­orge. 03 Queen Char­lotte, played by He­len Mir­ren, is shown as de­voted to her men­tally un­well hus­band through­out the film. Although Char­lotte was known to adore Ge­orge, in real life his ill­ness fright­ened her, to the point where she wouldn’t be left alone with him. 04 The film in­ac­cu­rately shows the prince pre­vent­ing his mother from vis­it­ing the king and hir­ing the physi­cian, Dr Wil­lis, to treat him. In fact, it was the queen who stopped her son from see­ing the king and she was the one to dis­cover Dr Wil­lis. 05 In the fi­nal scenes of the movie, the king re­gains his senses and races to Par­lia­ment to prevent the Re­gency Bill from pass­ing. It is true that the Ge­orge’s re­cov­ery va­cated the need for the bill, but he did not have to dra­mat­i­cally rush there to stop it.

Ver­dict An en­joy­able film that re­lies on in­ac­cu­ra­cies to ramp up the drama

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