The members of the royal family in The Crown don’t have the healthiest relationships. It’s important to remember that the show is not completely historically accurate and that it takes a lot of creative liberty when portraying their interpersonal struggles as well. But, all the Crown’s characters clearly have issues that can be traced all the way back to their childhood.
If there is one thing that The Crown made clear, it’s that the generational trauma in this family is very real. It’s hard to hate on Philip‘s parenting skills when he too grew up emotionally neglected. The family always finds itself battling the same problems over and over again. Whether it’s preventing their children to marry the person they love or just pure estrangement, these parents have failed on several fronts.
When it was time for Charles and Diana to embark on their Australian tour, the Princess of Wales wanted to bring baby William along. The Queen remembered her own tour of Australia fondly, and she left Charles and Anne behind for five months.
“Don’t you think that had any consequences?” Princess Margaret asked. “No, the tour was a huge success,” the Queen replied. She didn’t even understand Margaret’s question correctly. That just goes to show how little she thought about them.
The Queen Mother was low-key one of the most toxic members of the Royal Family. She was outright cruel to Margaret. When Tony cheated on her, she didn’t stand up for her at all. Even worse, when she found out that Margaret had lovers as well, she was incredibly harsh towards her daughter.
The Queen Mother was always there, and it seemed as if Elizabeth highly valued her opinion. She ran the show from the background, while acting as if she was clueless.
It was hard not to feel sorry for Margaret Thatcher when she failed the so-called Balmoral test. The Royal family was a tough crowd, but as it later turned out, she was no better when it comes to running her own household.
Thatcher didn’t think much of her daughter, and a part of that had to do with the fact she was a woman. Oh yes, the PM was incredibly sexist. Meanwhile, her rowdy son could do no wrong.