The Crown: Part Seven
By Michael Moriarty
“Inspired by Jackie Kennedy and against her government’s wishes, Elizabeth takes an unconventional approach to resolving an issue with Ghana.”
I knew they would somehow tie “Jackie” and the Queen to Ghana.
Impressively brilliant, magically literary connections between two, seemingly unrelated corners of the earth: Ghana and Jackie Kennedy.
The inspiration, attributed to Jackie Kennedy, however, is not without pain.
It is the First Lady of America’s description of Buckingham Palace.
“Second rate, dilapidated and sad. Like a neglected, provincial hotel… and that one came away with a sense of a tired institution without a place in the modern world.”
About the Queen, Jackie said, “In our head of state, we had a middle-aged woman, so incurious, unintelligent and unremarkable. The Britain’s new, reduced place in the world is not a surprise but an inevitability.”
To that, the Queen replied: “We must have her again soon!”
Amidst this increasingly painful plight facing Queen Elizabeth, I came to a very personal conclusion and firm resolution that, even though my intelligence rests in my brain?!
My wisdom resides in my guts!
And, as they say, my gut feelings hold precedence over my thoughts.
My father unendingly criticized me
She lives entirely in her intelligence!
She lost touch with her gut feelings quite a long time before she became First Lady.
Gut feelings would not have allowed her to say such things about Queen Elizabeth behind her back.
The power of First Lady of America corrupted whatever sense of humanity she might have had at one time.
There’s a price for such unchecked arrogance.
No doubt, she and her husband paid it.
Meanwhile, the Kennedy connection to Ghana?!
While Jackie is in Paris, J. F. K. decides to pull out of supporting Ghana because of its increasingly close connections to the Soviet Union.
Upon hearing that, and under the undeniable influence of the Kennedy visit to London, the Queen says she wants to visit Ghana herself.
The Prime Minister and her Adviser, Michael, are horrified at the idea.
Ghana is, apparently, a member of “The Commonwealth”!
Her advisers say that she can’t show such favoritism to one corner of Africa over the many others involved with The Commonwealth.
Prime Minister Macmillan says: “It would be unsafe. It would be provocative…. a misjudgment to get on that plane.”
She does, indeed, “get on that plane” to Ghana.
On the plane, Prince Phillip reads the London press’s low opinion of her decision to the Queen. He obviously agrees with the pundits!
This is, perhaps, though I can’t be sure, the first time the Queen has so clearly gone against the advice of her counsellors.
The photography of this flight from England to Africa is, as I too often say, “breathtaking.”
And a photograph of the President of Ghana standing with the Queen of England is exactly what this Communist wanted. He’s a Marxist leader on equal footing with the Queen of England.
The Queen, however, seems undeterred.
She’s involved publically and deeply in an international affair of state that includes the Unite States of America.
Because of her trip, the U.S. seems to be modifying its previous stance with Ghana, its virtual pulling out of any support.
The Queen is now, at a most significant celebration of her presence, actually dancing with the indisputably Communist President of Ghana.
They are as close to a heart attack over this as they have ever been as consultants to the Queen.
On that note, I will leave you with your own thoughts about the Queen’s new self-confidence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be found on Twitter at https://twitter.com/@MGMoriarty.