The Crown: Part Six
By Michael Moriarty
President Kwamie Nkrumah.
That is where this episode begins.
Yet, it is entitled Mrs. Kennedy.
Some connection will be made… I hope.
Our Queen feels threatened by the coming arrival of The J. F. Kennedy’s and, in particular, “Jackie”!
The Queen is hunting for a wardrobe that might help not be outshined by this extraordinarily magnetic superstar within world leadership, America’s First Lady, Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy.
The Queen’s insecurities, for myself at least, are so irresistibly human and, yes, breathtaking!
The creators of The Crown, particularly with her Highness’s love affair with Christ, helped immeasurably by her attraction to the Reverend Billy Graham?!
Pure literary genius!!
Not to mention the thrillingly alive sexuality brought to the Royal Family by the Cupid of photographers, “Tony” Armstrong-Jones.
His “arrow”, striking so many women and, apparently, at least one man, found a way to own, perhaps temporarily, the Queen of England’s sister.
The scene where the Queen’s husband, now “his Royal Highness”, plots, finagles and bullies his way to own the dinner table seat next to “The First Lady”?!
Does he succeed?
We shall see.
Meanwhile, his increasing, yes, “passion” for the First Lady of America?!
My God, what “The First Lady” of the British Empire must endure from her “First Man”!
Now a male dog in heat!
And our poor, beloved Queen?!
The look on her face at the dinner table, gazing at her husband making a fool of himself over “The First Lady of America”?!
The exquisite actress, Clair Foy?!
Her expressions while gazing at the face of Jackie Kennedy?!?!
I laugh and cry at the plight our divine and, by now, following the visit of Billy Graham, our sacred heroine finds herself in.
Rarely has any character, of either history or dramatic literature, had such an effect on me!
None in fact!
At the highest levels of earthly power, William Shakespeare’s virtual backyard, the true profundity, yes, the deepest levels of great dramatic literature come pouring down on me in the lost and pain-filled eyes of Queen Elizabeth.
Yet our bravest of heroines chooses to show Jacqueline Kennedy around Buckingham Palace.
In their privacy together we grow increasingly more in love with both of them!
Finally, when they arrive to meet the three, undeniably spoiled pets of the Royal Couple?!
Quite spell-binding truths begin to erupt from Mrs. Kennedy.
She was as shy as Queen Elizabeth herself but chose a strong and handsome lover of crowds and power to feel safe.
Then she realizes it has brought her to becoming the center of attention at all major events!
In short, two Queens of breathtaking power meet to share their common discomfort at being two of the most talked about women in the world.
Sugar, Whiskey and Sherry, the three Royal dogs, greet the two, virtual empresses of world attention, wherein the two women both agree they are more comfortable in the company of animals than human beings.
Then, and perhaps most startling, Jackie confesses that her sister might have made the better first lady.
Our Queen, and perhaps most of our viewing audience, might agree to their own suspicions that sister Margaret might have been much happier in the role of Queen than her sister, Elizabeth.
Two, inevitable soul sisters, Elizabeth II and Jacqueline Kennedy, both find some solace in realizing they’re not alone!
Well, there’s at least one other human being on the earth suffering almost exactly the same problems!
Michael Moriarty is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor who starred in the landmark television series Law and Order from 1990 to 1994. His recent film and TV credits include The Yellow Wallpaper, 12 Hours to Live, Santa Baby and Deadly Skies. Contact Michael at email@example.com. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.