Dissecting The Crown’s Abdication Narrative: Royal Experts Share Insights
In the latest episode of The Crown: Fact or Fiction podcast, royal experts Robert Hardman and Natasha Livingstone scrutinize the Netflix series’ depiction of Queen Elizabeth’s alleged contemplation of abdicating the throne.
The Mail’s Hardman and The Mail on Sunday’s Royal Correspondent Livingstone offer a closer look at the final episode of the hit drama, particularly focusing on the portrayal of the late Queen’s internal struggles.
Unraveling The Crown’s Abdication Plot: Queen’s Alleged Battle Questioned
Listeners of The Crown: Fact or Fiction are taken behind the scenes as Hardman and Livingstone dismantle a central plotline surrounding the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, suggesting that Queen Elizabeth II grappled with the idea of abdicating in favor of her heir.
Contrary to the series’ narrative, the experts dismiss the notion that the Queen seriously entertained thoughts of relinquishing the throne.
Questioning Historical Accuracy: Experts Debunk Abdication Claims
Hardman challenges The Crown’s portrayal, stating, “The idea the Queen was lying awake at night being tormented should she be handing over, it’s something that she never pondered.”
He emphasizes that the Queen had committed to a lifelong oath during her Coronation, and the concept of abdication was not part of her vocabulary.
The experts also criticize a scene involving detailed plans for the Queen’s funeral, deeming it a retro-fitting of historical events.
A Critical Eye on The Crown’s Dramatization: Abdication Scene Criticized
The podcast delves into specific scenes, with Hardman expressing criticism for a moment where Charles is depicted confessing his ‘past wickedness’ before marrying Camilla.
Hardman dismisses this portrayal as a misunderstanding of Church practices, highlighting that such confessions are standard in the Book of Common Prayer but presented as special atonement in the series.
Closing Thoughts: The Crown’s Impact on Monarchy’s Image
As the final episode of The Crown concludes its six-season run, Hardman reflects on its impact on the monarchy’s image.
While acknowledging the heightened profile the series has given to the royal family in an age of soft power, he suggests that accuracy in storytelling could have been improved.
Despite potential positive effects, the experts maintain a critical stance, calling for a more accurate representation of historical events in the acclaimed drama.Share on Facebook «||» Share on Twitter «||» Share on Reddit «||» Share on LinkedIn