LONDON: It was the most expensive TV show ever made, and thankfully Netflix original The Crown was released to rave reviews. But let’s be honest, there’s only one opinion that really matters: Her Majesty The Queen’s.
The lavish series follows the life of Queen Elizabeth from 1947 to 1955 – and onward, in an upcoming series two, which will reportedly take us through to 1964. The show features some rocky moments in the early relationship of the Queen and Prince Philip, but despite exposing the sometimes-brutal reality of being a monarch, Her Majesty reportedly loves it.
According to a “senior royal source” the Queen and Prince Philip have enjoyed watching the show, and even sometimes watch with son Prince Edward and his wife, Sophie Countess of Wessex.
The source revealed: “Edward and Sophie love The Crown. It has been a longstanding arrangement that they drive to Windsor at the weekend to join the Queen for an informal supper while watching TV or a film.
“They have a Netflix account and urged her to watch it with them. Happily, she really liked it, although obviously there were some depictions of events that she found too heavily dramatised.”
Perhaps the young Princess Elizabeth’s over exaggerated nerves at her wedding? A real letter from the king to his daughter afterwards shows that she was actually relaxed on the day. It read, “You were so calm and composed during the service, and said your words with such conviction.”
Thankfully, the continuity errors were small, and the rest of the royal family are also fans. Princess Eugenie recently said at a party, “The music is wonderful; the story is beautiful and you feel very proud to watch it.”
The show was such a success that season two has already finished filming. Claire Foy and Matt Smith, who play Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, recently told Variety that the relationship is set to get even tougher than in the first series, which often seemed to insinuate that Philip was unfaithful to his wife.
“In season two, it gets a bit hairier,” Smith said of the new episodes, which focus mainly on Prince Philip.
“…There are scenes I would never want to relive,” Foy added.