Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story Sheds Light on King George III’s Mental Health
The hit Netflix series, Bridgerton, has expanded its universe with the recently released spin-off, “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story”. The show follows the life of a young Queen Charlotte and the influence she had on British society in the 18th century. Alongside her story, the show also gives insight into the declining health of her husband, King George III, and the effects it had on their marriage.
The show details how King George III’s (played by Corey Mylchreest and James Fleet) mental health began to deteriorate, causing him to experience intense hallucinations. However, the show did not fully depict the most painful and tragic moments of his illness.
As Screenrant reported, King George III experienced mood swings and believed he could communicate with the dead. The man even believed he was dead at moments and could speak to angels. He also had constant hallucinations, including speaking with his deceased children.
While “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” depicted King George III’s hallucinations, it largely omitted his most tragic ones. For example, in one scene, the king speaks to one of his dead daughters. However, the show did acknowledge the loss of Princess Amelia, King George’s youngest child, who died at the age of 27. The scene showed King George asking about his daughter, with Queen Charlotte reminding him of her passing.
Overall, “Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story” sheds light on the effects of King George III’s mental health on his marriage and leadership, with glimpses into his struggles with hallucinations.