Love The Crown? 5 other shows about the royal family to watch on Netflix
With The Crown Season 3 now available on Netflix, interest in the British royal family has become even greater. But there are tons of other Netflix shows that tell the royal family's story. Below, we’ve curated a list of five such series that you can watch.
Season 3 of The Crown, which hit Netflix on November 17, truly delivers on the drama. Not only are we introduced to an entirely new cast, including Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II (formerly played by Claire Foy) and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret (formerly played by Vanessa Kirby), but we are now privy to the scandalous quadrangle composed of Princess Anne, Andrew Parker Bowles, Camilla Shand, and Prince Charles. Further, the series dives into the sibling rivalry between Princess Anne and Prince Charles, the organised coup led by royal family mentor Lord Louis Mountbatten, and the close relationship between Prime Minister Harold Wilson and the queen. Later in the season, we’re also gifted with morsels of the fling-turned-relationship between Princess Margaret and much-younger British aristocrat, Roddy Llewellyn.
Each season of The Crown, Netflix's original series about Queen Elizabeth II's time on the throne, covers about 10 years in the queen's 60-plus year reign, and while it focuses on the larger historical events that have occurred during her ongoing rule, it also focuses on her relationship with her sister, Princess Margaret, her husband, Prince Philip, and her children. Of course, certain elements of reality have been distorted for entertainment purposes, but if you're looking to learn about the British royal family (and watch some amazingly talented actors), The Crown is a great place to start. However, if you’ve already watched the season 3 finale, there’s no reason to worry. No matter where your interest in the monarchy lies — past or present — you're sure to find something to enjoy in Netflix's vast library of royal content. Whether you're looking for intimate interviews with the royals themselves or a comedic take on the royal family, Netflix has something for you:
The Royal House of Windsor
This docu-series chronicles the royal family over the last 100 years as they have dealt with global wars, changing social values, and the collapse of the British commonwealth. The Royal House of Windsor originally aired in Britain in 2017, but now that it's on Netflix, viewers all over the world are able to see the show's unique mix of archival footage and interviews with people close to the crown.
Secrets of Althorp: The Spencers
If you've always wanted to know more about Princess Diana's family, the Spencers, then you'll love this documentary, in which Princess Diana's brother Charles, the ninth Earl of Spencer, gives viewers a tour of Althorp, the grand estate where she grew up and now rests (as well as where the Spencers have lived for more than 500 years).
The Story of Diana
Discover the tragic life of a modern muse, both hounded by the press and shrouded in mystery, through The Story of Diana. A documentary in two parts, it focusses on the most painful moments in the press-hounded princess’ life. And the documentary does not leave the media unscathed. From her brother to journalists, photographers, biographers and royal family insiders, those who knew her best describe their Lady Diana, revealing a character at once at the centre of attention, and yet, profoundly alone.
If The Crown is an elegant, thought-provoking look at the British royal family, The Windsors are the crazy cousins. Raunchy, foulmouthed, and gloriously inappropriate, The Windsors pokes fun at the royals. Rather than take itself seriously, the comedy, which flips the script on your favourite royals (Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, Prince Harry, Meghan Markle — they’re all here), makes complete blasphemy of the matters of the crown. If you're looking for a comedic take on the royal family, look no further than this British soap. The goofy series reimagines the lives of the royal family in various over-the-top scenarios too ridiculous to even describe (at one point, the family engages in a Hunger Games-esque battle).
Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace
King Henry VIII might be best known for his six ill-fated wives, but this documentary focuses on the unusual and decadent 500-year-old palace of the hedonistic monarch, Hampton Court. It tells the stories of all the beautiful art and history contained in the palace, as well as the king who occupied it. The documentary, Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace: Hampton Court, was released in 2013 and lasts 54 minutes.
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