Following Prince Philip's death, separating fact from fiction as depicted in Netflix's The Crown

Following Prince Philip's death, separating fact from fiction as depicted in Netflix's The Crown
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Following Prince Philip's death, separating fact from fiction as depicted in Netflix's The Crown

In The Crown, a dishy naval officer captures the center of a future queen. However he chafes at taking part in royal second fiddle and crosses the boundaries of decorum and, perhaps, constancy. He ultimately finds his manner as a trusted associate and household patriarch.

How does the Netflix drama’s portrayal of Prince Philip, who died at age 99 on Friday, evaluate with the person himself and the life he lived with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II?

Prince Philip dwelled in his spouse’s shadow, and the identical goes for Philip in The Crown, as the title makes plain. However some episodes take a fuller measure of the person, or at the very least the character (performed in succession by Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies, with Jonathan Pryce in the wings).

Peter Morgan, creator of the sequence that’s in a lull earlier than its fifth and penultimate season arrives in 2022, has stated The Crown is the product of historic analysis and creativeness, and consists of scenes to not be taken as fact.

Barring a tell-all from the events concerned, for example, we don’t know if Philip was as inflexible in his method to parenting son Charles as he was delicate with daughter Anne, as The Crown has it. Or what to make of the drama’s dainty hints of marital infidelity by Philip.

The sequence to this point has introduced Philip to center age, overlaying solely half of the true royal’s almost 100 years. Additionally absent from The Crown is Philip’s unapologetic fondness for demeaning one-liners about girls and other people of color.

However there are elements of the Greek-born prince’s life that warrant comparability to the fictional model, whom The Crown depicts in a principally flattering gentle: A daring and stressed spirit, one certain to the tip by obligation and devotion to queen and nation.


The Crown: Reluctant to give up conventional male privilege, Philip desires their kids to hold his final identify (Mountbatten), not hers (Windsor). The reply is not any.

When the demise of Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, brings her to the throne, Philip leaves navy service for the function of consort. Quarrels with Elizabeth comply with, together with over his reluctance to kneel to her throughout her coronation.

They discover a stability, with Philip a worthy half of an affectionate marriage.

In actuality: When Philip misplaced his bid to make use of Mountbatten as the household identify, in response to Gyles Brandreth’s “Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage,” he complained, “I’m nothing however a bloody amoeba,” a person barred from giving his kids his identify.

Eight years later, it was determined the couple’s descendants would use a hyphenated surname — as in Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the son of Harry and Meghan.

Below protest or not, Philip knelt earlier than the newly topped queen in 1952 and pledged to turn out to be her “liege man of life and limb, and of earthly worship.”

On their fiftieth marriage ceremony anniversary, Elizabeth known as him “my power and keep.”


The Crown: In 1969, Philip is immersed in TV protection of the primary moon touchdown and faults his life in comparability. After prosaic royal engagements at dental and textile amenities, the skilled flier has the chance to take the controls of a personal jet.

He pushes the aircraft towards the sting of area and, as the pilot protests that the trembling plane is at its restrict, Philip responds: “Maybe. However look, we’ve additionally lived. Only for a minute.”

Assembly with the US astronauts once they go to England as a part of a victory lap, Philip tells them his place and marriage saved him from “the issues I might’ve preferred to, as a person, as an adventurer.”

In actuality: Throughout World Conflict II, Philip noticed motion whereas serving on battleships and destroyers, was embellished and, at age 21, achieved the rank of first lieutenant in the Royal Navy.

Whereas he carried out a full schedule of royal duties and headed a whole bunch of charities, he realized to fly in the Fifties and was an avid polo participant and yachtsman, as nicely as painter and artwork collector. Nonetheless driving at 97, he flipped his Land Rover in a crash.


The Crown: Philip is requested to permit a religious retreat to be created on Windsor Fort’s grounds for clergy in want of midlife inspiration. He ridicules the plan as “scorching air” however agrees to it, and finally ends up discovering solace in its model of a males’s remedy group.

“‘How’s your religion?’” he remembers his mom asking him with concern, then tells the gathering and its dean, “I’m right here to confess to you I’ve misplaced it… I come to say, ‘Assist.’”

In actuality: Robin Woods, the then-dean of Windsor, proposed the founding of St George’s Home in 1966 and Philip turned its co-founder and an enthusiastic fundraiser, in response to a companion ebook to The Crown by historian Robert Lacey. The heart fosters dialogue of up to date points, its web site says.

Woods and Philip had been lifelong buddies, and the prince would critique his sermons at Windsor’s St. George’s Chapel. Philip’s funeral shall be held there 17 April.

Christened in the Greek Orthodox Church — although a working towards Anglican, married to the supreme governor of the Church of England — Philip was a customer to Mount Athos, a monastic group and spiritual sanctuary in Greece. Leaders of a number of faiths in Britain say he took a deep curiosity in religious issues.

His coat of arms bears the motto, “God is my assist.”


The Crown: When Diana Spencer is launched at a household gathering at Balmoral Fort in Scotland, she and Philip bond over a day of stag searching and he helps her marriage to Charles.

The relationship turns bitter, and Diana tells Philip she’s contemplating splitting with Charles and the royal household she finds uncaring. Philip cautions her in opposition to the step and faults her perspective: Everyone seems to be an outsider aside from the queen, the “one particular person, the one particular person, who issues,” he says.

In actuality: In letters between Diana and Philip stated to have been leaked, Philip is supportive of Diana and significant of his son’s extramarital affair with now-wife Camilla.

However after Diana’s candid tv interview and a revealing biography, Philip’s tone allegedly turned sterner and he wrote that she should “match in” or exit the household.

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