On May 6th, the coronation of King Carlos III will take place, making him the 40th English monarch to be crowned at Westminster Abbey. The figure of the monarch is well-known to the British, but the Netflix series, The Crown, has expanded that knowledge to the rest of the world. The show depicts events that directly involved the monarch and even generated his anger.
The depiction of the monarch in The Crown has been played by Josh O’Connor and Dominic West. In a recent revelation, it was reported that Carlos did see the drama and commented that it was not well represented, stating that it did not resemble him or his role within the British crown. Despite this, the show has put a spotlight on the monarch in his last three seasons, particularly his marriage to Lady Di and their explosive divorce.
One memorable sequence in the show features a shouting match between Prince Charles and Princess Diana. O’Connor and Emma Corrin play their roles perfectly, capturing the tension and emotions of the scene. However, this image may have been one that Carlos did not enjoy as it shows him overwhelmed and out of control.
In addition to Lady Di, the show also focuses on Carlos’ discomfort with his mother and how he struggled to balance his desires with the requirements of the crown. The seasons featuring O’Connor and Corrin highlight the popularity of Princess Diana and how it directly affected Carlos. The portrayal of his relationship with Camilla is also touched upon, specifically their intimate conversation that was made public.
In a cyclical narrative, the show portrays Carlos as victimized by the press and obstacles the crown had to overcome to clean up their image. The famous interview given by Princess Diana to Martin Bashir for the Panorama cycle is also depicted and ends up destroying the crown from within.
Overall, The Crown has expanded knowledge of the British monarch and is a fascinating portrayal of the events that surrounds their life and reign.