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World 'The Crown' effect: How a TV show introduced Prince Philip to a generation of Americans

11:50  11 april  2021
11:50  11 april  2021 Source:   cnn.com

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For a whole generation of Americans , Prince Philip was a blank slate. "People had some sense that he was this older gentleman next to Elizabeth, but really no specific sense of who he is and who he was," said Arianne Chernock, an associate professor of history at Boston University. " The Crown " highlights the difficult adjustments the young couple faced as Elizabeth became queen earlier in their marriage than expected. It also shows how , in an era rife with chauvinism and sexism, the need for Philip to fall in line behind his wife was testing. "The role of prince consort is really challenging and

The Crown is a historical drama streaming television series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, created and principally written by Peter Morgan

For over 70 years, he was at Queen Elizabeth II's side. Not until he was 96, just three years before his death, did Prince Philip step back from most of his public duties.

Olivia Colman standing in front of a wedding cake: Tobias Menzies playing Prince Philip in an episode of 'The Crown' alongside Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabth II. © Alex Bailey/Netflix Tobias Menzies playing Prince Philip in an episode of 'The Crown' alongside Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabth II.

Yet, while he did less in the public eye, a spotlight cast by popular Netflix series "The Crown" zeroed in on his life.

For a whole generation of Americans, Prince Philip was a blank slate. "People had some sense that he was this older gentleman next to Elizabeth, but really no specific sense of who he is and who he was," said Arianne Chernock, an associate professor of history at Boston University.

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Prince Philip ’s death is affecting millions today, many of whom only knew of him from Netflix’s “ The Crown .” Since 2016, the hit show has taken viewers inside the British royal family, showing it in all its glittering — and frequently grubby — glory. And for Prince Philip , it’s fair to say the show In the most recent season, Prince Philip was also pivotal in convincing Prince Charles, his son, to marry Diana Spencer. Philip Eade, the British author who wrote “ Prince Philip : The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II,” said the show revealed the frustrations of an “alpha male” who had

In summer 2017, Prince Philip retired from his royal duties, appearing in public only rarely as a new generation of British royals rose in stature. But in the years since Philip 's retreat from public life, people around the world — or at least people who subscribed to Netflix — felt they were But biographical accuracy notwithstanding, the fictionalized version of Philip , who has riveted viewers since the show premiered in November 2016, is worth considering both as a standalone television character and a cultural symbol. In its first two seasons, " The Crown " was preoccupied with questions of the

In recent years, the activities of the younger royals have fueled most of the intrigue, with the second-in-line to the throne, Prince William, marrying Catherine, now the Duchess of Cambridge, in 2011. They have since welcomed three children, with the youngest, Prince Louis, born in April 2018.

Royal fever ran rampant again in the United States in May 2018 when William's younger brother, Prince Harry, married American former actress Meghan Markle, now known as the Duchess of Sussex. This fascination escalated after the pair stepped back from the family last year, giving up their royal titles before revealing all about their lives in a bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey broadcast last month.

a couple of people that are talking to each other: 'The Crown' appeared to help spur interest in the royals among younger Americans. © Mark Mainz/Netflix 'The Crown' appeared to help spur interest in the royals among younger Americans.

But arguably also helping to spur interest in the royals among younger Americans is "The Crown."

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From TV movies to shows and feature films, played by actors ranging from James Cromwell to Matt Smith, Prince Philip became known as an often serious and silent figure alongside more public figures Queen Elizabeth II and son Prince Charles. The Hollywood Reporter takes a look back at some of A BBC film giving a semi-fictionalized account of Princess Margaret's life as the younger sister to Queen Elizabeth II from 1952 to the mid 1970s, where David Threlfall appeared as Prince Philip . Threlfall, who starred in the British version of Shameless at the same time, was recognized by the Royal Television

When Elizabeth was crowned in 1953, Philip is depicted in the show asking her if he can be excused from kneeling to pay homage to her during the ceremony. Season four's storylines featuring Prince Philip include a depiction of the early relationship between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. The show suggests Prince Philip and Diana shared an affinity with each other. Speaking to Vanity Fair, Menzies said: "Someone in production managed to get hold of copies of some letters between him and Diana.

The difference, though, is that the show's first two seasons -- released in 2016 and 2017 respectively -- revolve around the early years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, as portrayed by Claire Foy. That time frame also coincides with the early years of her marriage to Prince Philip, played by Matt Smith.

Smith paid tribute on Friday in a statement that described Prince Philip as "the man."

"99 and out, but what an innings. And what style. Thank you for your service old chap -- it won't be the same without you," said the Emmy-nominated actor.

"The Crown" highlights the difficult adjustments the young couple faced as Elizabeth became queen earlier in their marriage than expected. It also shows how, in an era rife with chauvinism and sexism, the need for Philip to fall in line behind his wife was testing.

"The role of prince consort is really challenging and those who've taken on that role have had very few precedents to study and very little sense of the concrete job description heading into the position," said Chernock.

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Sometimes fact-checking ' The Crown ' is more complicated than rehashing history. We spoke with the show 's historical consultant, Robert Lacey about whether the Netflix show is accurate about Queen Elizabeth and the royal family. So the Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth's reign becomes a history lesson of sorts, teaching its viewers about not only the royal family, but also life and politics in the U.K. during the 1960s and '70s. But showrunner Peter Morgan isn't making a documentary.

BBC Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live also aired special programming charting Prince Philip 's life, while BBC Four was paused and displayed a message directing viewers to switch over for a "major news report". As a result of the rolling news coverage on Friday, the final of Masterchef, which was due to air at 20:30 BST on BBC One, was not aired. The BBC was not the only broadcaster to make schedule changes following the news, with ITV adjusting its programming to lead up to an extended News At Ten programme at 22:00.


Video: Prince Charles speaks following Prince Philip's death (CNN)

And albeit through modern eyes, many Americans have now formed some view of Prince Philip thanks to "The Crown."

Mary McClelland, a fan of the show who lives in Chicago, said her opinion of the Queen's husband was neutral before she watched the Netflix series.

"I think he's not the best father in the world. I think he did the best with what he could do at the time and in the society he lived in and in the generation he is in," McClelland told CNN, speaking before Philip's death. "But I don't necessarily fault him for who he is."

While many Americans may not have had a firm impression of Prince Philip, his reputation in Britain evolved over the decades.

"He actually has quite an impish personality. And in Britain, certainly he is known for a number of, kind of, missteps," Chernock said in a CNN interview also conducted before Philip's death. "So, his sense of humor and his fun can sometimes get him into trouble."

"I think the show went a long way to kind of humanize him, to show the man behind the crown," said Debra Birnbaum, former executive editor at Variety, before Philip's death. "There is a more layered perspective of who the guy is ... for better or for worse."

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Tobias Menzies, who played an older Philip in later seasons of the show, quoted Shakespeare when paying tribute to the late royal.

"If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I'm fairly sure he wouldn't want an actor who portrayed him on TV giving their opinion on his life, so I'll leave it to Shakespeare. 'O good old man! how well in thee appears / The constant service of the antique world...' RIP," he said in a tweet Friday.

For some avid fans, each episode of "The Crown" has led to a trip to the internet to learn more about the people involved, including Prince Philip.

"It made me do more research on him and every single aspect of the show," said McClelland, a communications director for a non-profit. "How intense and crazy his upbringing was, to me, was just fascinating. I mean if he was a modern man, I would be like, 'get yourself into therapy immediately!'"

But, she added: "You know, the current day royals seem to revere him and love him. And so whatever the dynamic, his grandkids, any time they talk about him and in articles, it's just that he's a legend."

Birnbaum said Peter Morgan, the show's creator and writer, had worked hard to keep "The Crown" based on reality.

"You'll never know what two people said to each other in a private conversation, but you'll know the facts of it," Birnbaum said. "The conversation may have been imagined, but [Prince Philip] did lose his favorite sister to a plane accident and then became a pilot. That speaks to a very sort of interesting kind of human being."

Prince Philip also played a big role in modernizing the monarchy -- something highlighted in the show. "His commitment to technology, in advocating, for example, filming the family or trying to update systems at Buckingham Palace" was part of that, said Chernock. "And he definitely is a sounding board for Elizabeth and he stayed the course."

In fact, after all their years together, Elizabeth's success may very well be owed in some part to the man she married. The man so many Americans knew so little about before "The Crown."

"Why is Elizabeth successful? She's successful because she's really been unwavering," Chernock said. "I think Philip has a lot to do with that."

Son says Philip's death has left 'huge void' in queen's life .
LONDON (AP) — The death of Prince Philip has left a “huge void” in Queen Elizabeth II’s life, their son Prince Andrew said Sunday, as well-wishers continued to leave floral tributes outside the gates of royal residences in memory of the monarch's husband. Andrew, the third of the couple’s four children, attended church at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor along with other members of the royal family, two days after the 99-year-old Philip died at Windsor Castle.

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