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Analysis: 'The Crown' offers some valuable life lessons

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Americans may have earned independence from the Brits in 1776, but some things we can't let go of. "The Crown" appeals to our fascination with the British royal family.

"The Crown" may be a fictionalized telling of Queen Elizabeth II's ascension to the throne and the monarch's family, but for those of us who are total Anglophiles (raises hand) it's fun to try and figure out which story lines in the series are closest to reality.

Season four centers on two relationships: Prince Charles' tumultuous marriage to Lady Diana Spencer and the dynamics -- marked by respect mixed with tension -- between Queen Elizabeth and the United Kingdom's first female prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

1. People are complex creatures: I definitely have my feelings about who comes off as a villain this season (looking at you, Prince Charles).

Season two has a particularly strong episode about the trauma Queen Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, suffered as a youth, including his pregnant sister and her family perishing in a plane crash in the 1930s.

3. Speaking of history, we need to learn from it: You cannot tell the story of this family and not include how it all began.

Queen Elizabeth II became a monarch because her uncle David, known to the public as King Edward VIII, abdicated the throne for the woman he loved, American Wallis Warfield Simpson.

That forced Elizabeth's father into becoming King George VI, the stress of which, according to the series, led to an early death, thereby making her queen.

Prince Charles may have married Diana, but his true love was Camilla Parker Bowles (née Shand), who he did eventually wed.

4. You have to play the cards you are dealt: One of the show's earlier themes was that Princess Margaret would have much rather have been Queen and seemed better suited for it than her older sister, Elizabeth.

If you need more after watching "The Crown," Netflix also has a few other royal family offerings.

"Diana: In Her Own Words" is one of the better ones, offering audio of the former People's Princess sharing her own story.

thanks to Legacy Recordings releasing the album "Live in Maui" along with the new feature-length documentary "Music, Money, Madness . . .

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