The Crown: 48:1
November 25, 2020 9:42 AM - Season 4, Episode 8 - Subscribe

As the Commonwealth nations condemn apartheid in South Africa, tension mounts between Margaret Thatcher and Elizabeth over their clashing opinions on applying sanctions.

Prince Charles and Prince Andrew also clash on the occasion of Andrew's marriage to Sarah Ferguson.

According to History Extra, Thatcher was vehemently opposed to apartheid, but felt that sanctions were against Britain's interests and principles of free trade, while for the Queen the issue was more about the Commonwealth acting together than the issue of apartheid. Michael Shea did eventually leave the Palace and go to write novels.
posted by nubs (3 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Interesting to me, while the show makes it appear that the Andrew-Fergie wedding was overshadowed by the story of the Thatcher-Elizabeth tension, I only recall the wedding (being in Canada, it may be that the political story got no traction here). The story came out on July 20, 1986, and the wedding was three days later.

The show doesn't miss a chance to depict Chuck as an ass during the private family moment ahead of the wedding, with him making a cutting remark about Andrew as a "fringe member of the family who'll never be king".

Has anyone ever read any of Michael Shea's novels? Based on the prose presented at the beginning of the episode, I have no great expectations, but I don't know if that's an accurate depiction of his writing.
posted by nubs at 9:48 AM on November 25, 2020 [1 favorite]


The show doesn't miss a chance to depict Chuck as an ass during the private family moment ahead of the wedding, with him making a cutting remark about Andrew as a "fringe member of the family who'll never be king".

Weird moment, he's deffo being an ass but considering hiss target is someone who'll become a child molester - I think we're meant to be on his side here?
posted by litleozy at 8:08 AM on November 26, 2020 [2 favorites]


Wow. Just realised Denis Thatcher is played by Stephen Boxer, the human lead on Mooncat.
posted by biffa at 2:27 PM on November 27, 2020


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