The Crown seasons 1 & 2 (spoilers)

I just finished the second season the the Netflix show The Crown. I started out loving the show. I enjoyed the show throughout both seasons. Learned a few things I didn’t know before watching the show. I did google some things to make sure Hollywood wasn’t stretching things or adding things for ratings.

For starters I had NO idea that Queen Elizabeth II’s Uncle, Edward VIII, visited Hitler and a training camp for Nazis. I need to read a lot more about him and this to know if he was always a Nazi/Hitler supporter or if it was just because he wanted peace to remain between the two countries.

Realm leader Adolf Hitler (R) with the Duke and Duchess of Windsor on the recent occasion when they visited the Bavarian alpine retreat of the German dictator.

Next up is Prince Philip and his family. I had no clue that his sister, Cecilie, and her husband had joined the Nazi party. Nor did I know that Philip was raised by them in Germany. I want to read more about this as well. I do get the feeling that Philip was NEVER a supporter of anything Nazi or Hitler related. He did join the Royal Navy not long after the death of his sister.

Prince Philip pictured (2nd right in the first full row), in a funeral procession in 1937. On the right, in the uniform of the SA (Hitler’ militia that was known as the ‘storm division’ or ‘Brownshirts’), walks Prince Philipp von Hessen, brother of Philip’s brother-in-law, Prince Christoph, who is next in line in full SS regalia. Philip’s two surviving German brothers-in-law complete the row: Prince Gottfried of Hohenlohe-Langenburg and Prince Berthold of Baden. In the row behind, wearing a deistinctive Royal Navy bicorn hat, is Lord Louis Mountbatten, Philip’s uncle. Through the damp streets of Darmstadt, western Germany, a funeral procession trudges its way slowly past the thousands of mourners who have come to pay their respects to the seven members of the aristocratic Hesse-Darmstadt family killed in a plane crash. As the cortege sweeps past, many give the Heil Hitler salute to the uniformed Nazis, including an SS officer, in the parade. Also in the procession that day in November 1937 is a handsom young man, just 16, in a long, dark overcoat. Flanked by German relatives in SS and Brownshirt uniforms, he has come to mourn the death of his elder sister. Who would have thought that just a decade later, this sombre young prince would become consort of the future Queen of England.

Towards the end of season 2 I started to feel guilty for watching the show. It was strange. I know Elizabeth and Philip had problems in their marriage, just like all marriages. I also know Hollywood probably made it seem way worse than it was but at the same time I feel like it was digging to much into their personal lives just for ratings. All of this makes sense in my head and I am trying to get it to make sense in this blog. Let me try…….

I recently watched the first 2 seasons the the show Victoria which is about the life of Queen Victoria. I did not feel guilty watching that show as it dove into her personal life because well…she’s dead and has been since 1901. So I feel like enough time has passed. It’s history. Queen Elizabeth II and Philip are still very much alive and in the public eye. I am sure they didn’t ask for their personal matters to be made into a TV show. I am not saying the show should not have been made. There are a lot of interesting things to learn. I just think they may have taken it a little too far, too deep on the areas of their marriage and allegations of cheating. There is ABSOLUTELY NO proof Philip cheated on Elizabeth and frankly if he did it is NONE of our damn business.

I hope that made sense to you. Sometimes I am horrible at getting my thoughts to paper, or in this case a computer.

Has anyone else watched The Crown yet? What do you think of the show?

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