THE CROWN premiered four episodes from its final season. Six more will be available on December 14th. These opening stories were complicated and controversial. 

It was all about Diana’s final days and the aftermath. Her life was chaotic and sad at times. She said her boys were the most significant accomplishment and joy in life. This was beautifully portrayed, which made the inevitable moments even more tearful. The embodiment of Diana was sheer perfection. Elizabeth Debicki captured the Princess of Wales brilliantly. Every turn of her head, eyes downcast, and silent breath helped to create this shy, young woman who captured the entire world and has never been forgotten. There were several scenes in which the writers went too far in imagining her spiritual journey, but they nailed the funeral scene, mixing it with real clips captured from history. Her death was devastating all over again. 

Several actors deserve mentioning, especially Charles (Dominic West). His moments at the hospital and talking with the Queen (Imelda Staunton) were raw and realistic. My heart broke for all of them, and what a nightmare it must be to live in a fishbowl. The price of fame and royalty is overrated. 

I know some critics were not as enthralled with these latest installments, but I have to say, Diana was always the people’s princess. And audiences everywhere are embracing.

THE CROWN once more. I would agree with the masses. It is available to stream on NETFLIX. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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