An Op-Ed By SFBNRI’s Uncle Felix
Photo: Promo for Netflix original series, The Crown, season 4
The Crown is a historical drama streaming television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and principally written by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures and Sony Pictures Television for Netflix. Season 4 covers the Margret Thatcher era as well as the dysfunctional relationship between Prince Charles and Princes Diana.
The show has now completed 4 seasons and the 4th season so far may be its best yet. The series has been great up to this point and the acting has been fantastic. Actresses Emma Corrin (Princess Diana) and Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher) do a fantastic job introducing their characters to the storyline.
Season 4 really deals with the issues of perception and the face that we all put out there for the public to see, versus the reality of what we are. Sometimes we are successful and sometimes we are not.
History will remember Margaret Thatcher AKA “The Iron Lady” as the tough no-nonsense conservative who turned around a failing economy and re-established the U.K as a world power... The Crown shows us the other side, a caring mother, a loving wife who took pride in both roles but was able to put that aside to be the shrewd leader she needed to be.
The main plot line for season 4 deals with the highly dysfunctional marriage of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. The marriage was doomed from the beginning as Charles’ heart belonged to Camilla and the young vibrant spirit of Princes Diana refused to be tamed by the royal family.
You can’t help but to feel bad for all parties involved. Imagine having to live your life suppressing your heart’s true desires in order to prop up a facade.... it begs the question. Would it be worth it?