Maybe you grew up with a poster of Prince William hanging on your wall, or you’re just a major history buff- either way, Netflix’s “The Crown” is the most binge-worthy series to come around in a long time. This fact-meets-fiction drama will constantly leave you wanting more, and luckily for viewers, Netflix just released the fourth season. If you haven’t dived into this series just yet (caution: spoilers ahead), we’re here to give you 5 reasons why you will end up royally obsessed with it.
1. It shows the real struggles of a working mother.
While we all know Queen Elizabeth II as the longest-ruling Monarch in British history, many of us don’t know about the home life of the United Kingdom’s most-famous royal. At the time of her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II was already mother to two young children- Prince Charles and Princess Anne. Several years later, she welcomed two more children- Prince Andrew and Prince Edward- all while maintaining one of the most prominent positions in the world.
The show depicts the struggles that Queen Elizabeth II faced as both a mother and the Queen of England. As her own grandmother, Queen Mary, says in the show, “The fact is, the Crown must win. Must always win.” Even though she’s a mother, Queen Elizabeth II must always put the needs of the country before her family.
2. The relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, has some similarities to the relationship between Kamala Harris and her husband.
While Kamala Harris is poised to become the first female Vice President of the United States, her husband, Doug Emhoff, is preparing to become the first “second gentleman” of the United States. He’s already announced that he’s leaving his private law practice in order to focus on supporting his wife’s major career change.
Similarly, Prince Philip has been Queen Elizabeth II’s biggest supporter. When she became queen in 1952, their marriage was still young. He had to learn how to live with her as both his wife and his Queen. It wasn’t an easy transition, as the first season of “The Crown” shows, but eventually he settled into his role as the Duke of Edinburgh and his wife’s biggest supporter.
3. It makes us love Princess Diana even more.
Princess Diana was more than just the Princess of Wales. She was also “The People’s Princess”, known for her kind and giving nature and her tireless efforts for countless charities. The latest season of “The Crown” takes us to the 1980s, when Princess Diana married Prince Charles and became mother to our two favorite princes- Prince William and Prince Harry.
We’ve all heard the stories of her eating disorder, marital struggles, and untimely death, but the show also explores her fun side- such as roller skating around the palace and dancing for Prince Charles to Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl”. These events actually happened, the public just didn’t know about them because the royal family likes to keep their private life just that- private.
4. We can all relate to Princess Diana staking her claim on Prince Charles.
One thing that’s apparent in Seasons 3 and 4 of the show is that the relationship between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles was anything but innocent during his marriage to Princess Diana- and she was not happy about it. Camilla and Prince Charles had dated long before he met Princess Diana, but the royal family put a stop to their relationship.
After Prince Charles played the field a bit, his family- particularly his great-uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten, encouraged him to settle down. Prince Charles and Princess Diana had only seen each other 13 times prior to their wedding in 1981, and Camilla made sure Princess Diana knew that her relationship with Prince Charles wasn’t going to end just because he got hitched. An infamous lunch is depicted in the fourth season of “The Crown”, with Princess Diana making it clear to Camilla that she was not interested in sharing her husband.
5. It addresses the very important topic of mental health.
Something that the royals have swept under the rug for many years, but that’s brought to light in the show, is the mental health struggles of some of their family members- particularly the queen’s sister, Princess Margaret. As Princess Margaret begins seeing a therapist in the fourth season of “The Crown”, she discovers a major family secret.
Her two cousins- Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon- are not dead, but rather living in a mental health hospital. This revelation came to light in real life in 1987, when the British tabloids discovered the family secret. Mental health is something that both Prince William and Prince Harry have invested much of their public life in, creating their “Heads Together” campaign which focuses on breaking the stigma surrounding mental health struggles.
While not all of the show is factual, the real events that did take place are delivered in a way that’s both thought-provoking and entertaining. It gives viewers an insiders look at the mostly-private royal family, leaving us breathless and hungry for more. There are still so many monumental moments to come and we can’t wait for Season 5.
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