DON’T GET ME WRONG. We absolutely loved The Crown Season 4, but we can’t help but notice some serious storylines that were missed… although we appreciate Mark Thatcher‘s disappearance in episode 4… allowing us to meet gangly Edward and firecracker Andrew… and yes, the Michael Fagan thing was kind of interesting… we have a list of storylines that we would have rather seen in The Crown Season 4…
1. Diana’s Daddy issues… Lady Diana Spencer was left completely heartbroken after the separation of her Mother and Father. Friends recount how she would often stay home to keep her Dad company. She thought it was her duty to love on him and make sure he wasn’t lonely. Imagine her surprise when her Father snuck off and married Lady Raine Dartmouth. Diana and her siblings absolutely loathed Raine and went out of their way to make her feel uncomfortable and unwelcome. After finding out via the media that her father had secretly married 1948’s “Deb of the Year,” Diana is said to have slapped her father across the face.
This is an important storyline because royal watchers believe that Princess Diana was looking for the love in Prince Charles that she felt Raine had stolen away from her Father.
Similarly, historians believe that Prince Charles was desperate to be loved and mothered – in search of what he felt he lacked in a relationship with “Mummy,” aka the Queen.
Translating into two insecure individuals so desperate to receive love – and at least one either unable or uneducated on how to GIVE.
2. Sarah Spencer and the Media – You see Princess Diana’s older sister, Sarah Spencer, dating Prince Charles in episode one but can you guess why they called it quits? Because loose lips sink ships and Sarah Spencer was all too eager to talk to the press about her budding relationship with the Prince of Wales.
Journalist James Whittaker printed a story that said Sarah told him she wouldn’t marry Prince Charles “if he were the dustman or the King of England.”
The most famous bachelor in the world was livid when he read the article and told Sarah, “You have just done something incredibly stupid.”
Over a decade later Princess Diana would secretly recruit numerous journalists, authors, and photographers to ensure that her side of the story was being told. But the tug of war she had with the media would inevitably play a role in her death.
3. Diana and the Help – One of the most charming aspects of Lady Di’s time at Buckingham Palace (pre-wedding) was the relationships she secretly developed with employees of the royal household. In butler Paul Burrell‘s A Royal Duty he muses about late night McDonald’s deliveries and Diana’s warmth and insistence of friendship… and the ultimate fear of a member of the royal family catching them in the act of fraternizing. (If I recall correctly – Prince Charles actually did… but thanked them for keeping her company since he had been so busy.)
One staff member remembers a lonely but excited Diana spending an evening with them. At one point, she jumped on a bicycle outside and cycled in circles yelling, “I’m marrying the Prince of Wales!”
4. The Wedding – It took multiple people to get Emma Corrin in the infamous wedding dress for us to see all of zero seconds of the wedding. :::SHAKES FIST IN AIR::: It wasn’t just one of the most watched events of 1981 though… it was a significant day for Diana in the love triangle that was Charles, Camilla, and Di. Diana told Andrew Morton that her eyes darted across the church as she slowly made her way down the aisle because she wanted to make sure that Camilla saw that she (Princess Diana) had won. Charles had chosen Diana. In front of the entire world…
5. The Red Haired Baby Boy – No one argues that the breakdown of Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage happened after the birth of Prince Harry. One heir. One spare. A job well done.
“Charles always wanted a girl. He wanted two children, and he wanted a girl,” Diana told Andrew Morton. “I knew Harry was a boy, and I didn’t tell him.”
“First comment was ‘Oh God, it’s a boy,’ second comment: ‘And he’s even got red hair.'” Diana said of Charles. If you’re telling a story about a relationship crumbling, why would you exclude the one moment that Diana says changed everything forever?
Well, it might have something to do with a $100 million Netflix deal with said red headed baby boy.