What have the four seasons of “The Crown” taught us about Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on April 9 at the age of 99? In collaboration with Emilie Semiramoth and Mégane Choquet.
Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elisabeth II, died this Friday, April 9 at the age of 99. The Duke of Edinburgh, father of Prince Charles and grandfather of Princes William and Harry, contributed in his own way to the maintenance of the British monarchy. A role in the shadows but nonetheless decisive, as the four seasons of The Crown have been described on Netflix.
Here are the main things to know about Prince Philip as shown to us in the historical series, as comedians Matt Smith (seasons 1 and 2) and Tobias Menzies (seasons 3 and 4)!
His marriage to Elizabeth
Her marriage to Elisabeth, then heir to the throne occupied by King George VI, is one of the first major turning points in the series. If the future queen does not oppose the obedience clause in their marriage contract, Philip, meanwhile, will not hesitate to balk when he has to kneel in front of Elisabeth during her coronation a few episodes later. .
Its foreign origins
Only son of Prince André of Greece and Princess Alice of Battenberg, Prince Philip joined the Royal Navy in 1939. At the same time, his budding love with Elisabeth and their marriage project led him to renounce his Greek and Danish royal titles and to convert to Anglicanism. He then became naturalized British, adopted the name Mountbatten from his maternal grandparents and was made Duke of Edinburgh. The series The Crown will also look back on his early years at the Gordonstoun School boarding school in Scotland, to which he would later send his son Charles, sickened by this experience. It is also during the youth of Prince Philip that we see his traumatic participation in the funeral of his father, close to the Nazi regime, and the staging of this event is reminiscent of Lady Diana’s funeral and the way William and Harry must have walked behind their mother’s coffin.
His attachment to the British Navy
Enlisted in the British Army during World War II, Philip never concealed his respect for the “guys” in the navy. However, his marriage to Elisabeth and the latter’s accession to the throne of England prevented him from pursuing a military career. Willy-nilly drawing a line on his dreams of heroic feats, however, the Duke of Edinburgh never denied his attachment to the British Marine Corps.
Although he sincerely loves Elizabeth, Philip is nonetheless a fickle husband. Elisabeth learns the hard way when she accidentally discovers Philip’s affair with a ballerina. But she is just one example among many. This almost compulsive infidelity is not just the prerogative of a “womanizer”, associating with other women is a way for Philip to signify his independence and his freedom in spite of the duty that he places on him. role of eternal second.
Her complicated relationship with Charles
From the second season, the series focused on the conflicting relationship between Prince Philip and his son, Prince Charles. Without taking into account the more withdrawn personality of the latter, the Duke of Edinburgh insisted on giving him a strict education in the Gordonstoun boys’ college in Scotland. Disgusted by the experience, the future King of England later described his years there as real “hell on Earth”.
His search for a goal to accomplish
Forced to remain in the shadow of his wife, Philip is portrayed to us throughout the series as a man in search of a meaning to give to his life. This was especially the case in the episode. Moondust (season 3 episode 7) which sees the Duke of Edinburgh welcome with great pomp the heroes of the Apollo 11 space mission. The interview with Neil Armstrong will not however bring him the expected satisfaction, and will even plunge him into a form of depression .
Its invasive character
Although he does not hold any official position, Prince Philip has never hesitated to let his wife know his opinion on a number of subjects. Invading in more ways than one, the Duke of Edinburgh is thus shown to us in the series as a man without his tongue in his pocket, for better or for worse for this follower of clumsy formulas and protocol missteps .
His fatherly relationship with Diana
It is difficult to pinpoint the true from the false in the portrait that was made in the fourth season of Prince Philip’s paternal relationship with Diana Spencer. If many scenes were purely invented for the purposes of the series, including the hunting sequence, it nevertheless seems that the Duke of Edinburgh had really taken a liking to Charles’s wife.