Potential scandals are never far behind when you’re married to The Crown and the drama’s sophomore season wasted no time by opening with what seemed to be a tiff between the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. However, the Duke’s free-spirited ways were but a mere fraction of the monarch’s problems during the first decade of her reign. There was the uncle who palled around with Nazis, a tempestuous younger sister, prime ministers plagued by health issues when backed into a corner, the Suez Crisis which threatened British credibility as a world power, the Profumo affair and a frosty first meeting with a famous First Lady. Through it all, Elizabeth II maintained a steely composure to give the country and her family a much needed stability.
While I’m aware that some liberties have been taken from real-life events for cinematic adaptation, Peter Morgan continues to hold the audience’s interest with this in-depth character study of the British royal family. Prince Philip, for starters, gets a backstory this season and it provides a sympathetic light to the consort’s tough-love parenting style.
For what it’s worth, it’s a bummer we’re only getting Matthew Goode for a season. His flamboyantly vulnerable portrayal of Antony Armstrong-Jones has to be one of this season’s highlights. I love how he plays off the scene-stealing antics of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret (Peter Townsend, who?). They’re my favorite dysfunctional royal couple.😘