The Crown: Part Eleven
By Michael Moriarty
The nightmare of public office is particularly stressed in this portion of the episode entitled, Mystery Man.
This Episode 10, so far, is the weakest of an impressively strong lot.
It is also one of the ugliest in terms of human behavior.
The Queen, in the midst of all this scandal, retreats to Scotland, the Prime Minister begs the Queen to be replaced, she asks he be kept on till after her pregnancy, the Profumo Scandal is an increasing embarrassment for more than the perpetrators; and the Prime Minister finally resigns in the midst of his own ill-health.
Meanwhile, his Royal Highness returns from another shamelessly selfish vacation in St. Moritz. It is also here, in this episode, that the lives of the rich and privileged, all of them, look without real honor of any kind.
And yet Christ, the Lord of the Church of England, and the image of my Christ, a very different one from that taught by Martin Luther or the Catholic Church?!
Both declared, “I come to bring Life and bring it to you more abundantly!”
My response to that?
Surrender to the realities of lust within the life of His one female disciple, Mary Magdalene, a passion which I believe never ended with the appearance of Jesus into her life, and surrender to Christ’s forgiveness for the frailties within all of his 12 disciples. And, indeed, within all of mankind.
Place your entire existence into the hands of an Almighty, who, through Christ’s visitation to the Earth, brought the very essence of Himself into our lives.
Into our very souls.
His Royal Highness, in an effort to recover the affections of his wife, mentions “the ghastly relentlessness” of her life as Queen.
Then demands that the Queen end her silent treatment of him and charge him with something!
“Stephen Ward,” she says.
“The osteopath?” he replies.
The one who provided the Prince, His Royal Highness, with a few “distractions” from the life that has filled Phillip with such “tensions”.
A rather lofty version, in short, of a “pimp”!
A disgraceful fraud as an osteopath who committed suicide.
However, Phillip’s return from St. Moritz to something he now realizes is his true vocation, that of serving the Queen as her chosen husband and, God willing, confidant!
He kneels before her, in a supplicating posture that reminds us of the photographer, Antony Armstrong-Jones, and his refusal to do so when proposing marriage to the Queen’s sister, Margaret.
“Amen”, comes the sound of a boys’ choir, as Queen Elizabeth experiences a painfully arduous birth in her own bed, as His Royal Highness looks on.
Amidst a torrent of challenges, the Royal Couple strengthen and they both see, much more clearly, their unavoidable destinies as the central sanity of a profoundly threatened Commonwealth.
Or, as I prefer, increasingly doomed Empire. Monarchy does not conjure up a “Commonwealth”.
Such a word is almost antithetical to the all-powerful implications of “King” and “Queen”.
The indelible memory of the Kings and Queens of England as, indeed, the Emperors and Empresses of the British Empire?!
All that is needed in such a formula is a truly evil Emperor or Empress.
Or Mao Zedong.
And the so-called Free World is ended.
The American democratic republic and its governing documents – The American Declaration of Independence, the American Constitution and the American Bill of Rights - appear to be the only possible path to a future for the entire human race.
Anything else, such as the United Nations’ plans to rule a “New World Order”?!
An unstoppable roller coaster to Hell.
It will, of course, finally come to fruition… but on another planet!
The episode ends, most movingly, with a photograph of the royal family, while the photographer recites Shakespeare’s now immortal tribute to “this demmi-paradise”, “this other Eden”… “this England.”
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.