Off Message: We’ve all become experts on royal affairs

While this ignorist is far from becoming a royalist, the latest series of The Crown has awakened a previously unfelt interest in the fussed-over family across the water

22nd November, 2020
Off Message: We’ve all become experts on royal affairs
Olivia Colman and Tobias Menzies as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in The Crown: the series has many of us who had previously ignored the British royals suddenly obsessing over every detail

“How old was Princess Diana when she got engaged? What was the age gap between her and Prince Charles? How old was Camilla? Did Margaret Thatcher really curtsey in that deeply exaggerated fashion to the Queen? What chance does Prince Harry have of ever becoming King? Can Camilla become the Queen? Could Prince Charles side-step the throne in favour of allowing his son William to become king in his place?

The above, dear reader,...

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