How Netflix drama The Crown showed Prince Philip as a doting father

first_imgCameras were permitted to film the Queen, her husband and children, at thebreakfast table, at work, and enjoying a barbecue, giving the public an unprecedented and controversial insight into them as a “normal” family. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The Crown Matt Smith and Claire Foy in The CrownCredit:Alex Bailey/Netflix Queen Elizabeth Ii, Prince Edward, Princess Anne, Prince Charles, Prince Andrew & Prince Philip  With his family in 1965Credit: Cinetext / Allstar Collectioncenter_img Smith played the Duke as charming and handsome innovator, pushing the Queen into modernising the Royal family by televising her coronation.The Palace have never commented on the drama, with the Duke of Cambridge last month laughing as he told Radio 1 he been asked for his thoughts on it many times. The Duke himself has been the subject of numerous documentaries including the groundbreaking The Royal Family, aired in 1969 and showing the royals at home for the first time. The Duke continued to participate in on-camera interviews until the end of last year, when he undertook several brief interviews in an ITV documentary with Phillip Schofield to commemorate the 60th anniversary of The Duke of Edinburgh Award.A comically curmudgeonly final appearance saw the Duke wonder aloud about interviews: “How many more times have we got to do this?” Suzanne Mackie, producer, has said of the series: “I think Philip is someone who is often misunderstood or we only see one dimension to him, and yet theirs is a marriage that has survived.“[People will see he was] incredibly, surprisingly vital, progressive, modernising, energetic; a real alpha-male. Someone who was allegedly very very good at more or less everything he turned his hand to. Really athletic, capable and clever.”In particular, the drama showed his as a caring father to Prince Charles and Princess Anne, playing with them and in one scene worrying the “darling” children will miss their parents while they were away on overseas tour. The reputation of the Duke of Edinburgh enjoyed something of a revamp in the last year, as big-budget Netflix drama put his life as a young man on screen.The series, starring Matt Smith as a young Prince Philip, tracked the early days of the Queen’s marriage, coronation and young family to critical acclaim.Producers said they hoped to show a new generation a different kind of consort, overturning the stereotypes to remind the public about his innovations, passion and role as doting father.last_img


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