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‘The Crown’ Episode 6: What’s the Monarchy Good for, Anyway?

Lengthy dwell the yeoman of the mattress chamber. On the sixth episode of the ultimate season of The Crown, “Ruritania,” Imelda Staunton’s Queen Elizabeth II feels the royal household’s reputation slip significantly amid the rise of the brand new prime minister Tony Blair (Bertie Carvel), resulting in a collection of focus teams and a royal audit of the workers in an try and make the Crown extra relatable. On a brand new episode of Nonetheless Watching, Vainness Truthful workers author and royals watcher Erin Vanderhoof returns to inform cohosts Hillary Busis, Richard Lawson, and Chris Murphy all concerning the very actual focus teams that came about within the early aughts.

Whereas focus teams took up a big a part of the episode—a lot to the chagrin of the Nonetheless Watching hosts—Vanderhoof reveals that the episode truly skated over a serious facet of them. “They occurred instantly within the aftermath of Diana’s dying. It was half of a bigger technique that had been happening for about 15 years,” she says. The rationale: “Nothing at this place has modified since 1917. Perhaps we should always do one thing totally different.” 

The main focus teams, Vanderhoof says, had been designed to determine what topics did and didn’t wish to see from the monarchy on the daybreak of the twenty first century. Necessary as they might have been, although, Busis, Lawson, and Murphy agreed that they didn’t make for essentially the most scintillating tv. “This Wikipedia web page of an episode occurred as a result of we now have to revisit the queen sooner or later,” says Murphy, noting that the second batch of The Crown season six episodes chart a post-Diana world. “The queen [versus] Blair conflict just isn’t as fascinating because the Diana/Royal household conflict,” says Busis. “Or [Prince] William and his father clashing.”

“We did most likely want one coverage episode this season. That has been a trademark of the present prior to now,” agrees Lawson. “I believe that this push and pull between modernity and custom has been higher specified by earlier episodes.”

Vanderhoof says that the main target teams discovered that younger individuals noticed the royal household as “myopic and out of contact,” and that adjustments had been due. Blair did wind up reducing the household’s funds, she notes, however that’s additionally as a result of Margaret Thatcher had beforehand inflated it: “They got here out of 1999 with a £40 million wet day fund. So then Tony Blair lower the funds.” Whereas the connection between the queen and Blair appeared significantly frosty in the course of the episode, Vanderhoof maintains that they really had been fairly cordial, if unequal.

Finally, whereas the queen is kind of involved along with her reputation stage all through “Ruritania,” Vanderhoof maintains that the recognition of the royal household has stayed comparatively constant over time. Has their reputation declined? “Somewhat bit, however not a lot,” says Vanderhoof. “Over the past 12 months, we’ve had tons of stories about Harry and Meghan, and Will and Kate, and Charles and his habits and all of that. Everyone took a slight hit in reputation. Charles is definitely form of simply again to the place he was across the time the queen died. These days, two thirds of Britain nonetheless say that the monarchy makes Britain a greater place, and that they don’t see themselves going for a republic.” Appears to be like just like the monarchy could also be right here to remain. 

For extra on the royals you may hearken to the total breakdown of “Ruritania” above. And as all the time, ship questions and feedback and musings about The Crown season six half two to Nonetheless Watching at stillwatchingpod@gmail.com.

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