The Crown: Part Twenty-One
By Michael Moriarty
Before I add the postlude commentary to the Aberfan episode by reminding my readers of how vitally and profoundly important I consider this television series to be?!
I will look, and occasionally, a rather savage kind of examination of not only THE CROWN but the extraordinary woman who, most fearfully and humbly took on the weight of what undeniably appears to be a most pathetically dying institution, that of the dinosaur-like monarchy!
The most recent in the historically longest line of Emperors and Empresses of the now, most nostalgic notion of The British Empire!
Now merely a Commonwealth?!
In some corners of the very Marxist New World Order, an enemy of the future!
We shall see.
Upon concluding Aberfan, there are the following written statements on the television screen:
The Aberfan disaster claimed 144 lives
According to those close to her,
Title of the next episode.
In this episode, in some corner of an increasingly troubled Athens, Greece, the indisputably wealthy Mother Superior in an Order of Nuns she created herself, had, at some time, been wealthy enough to pay for the housing and to supply her fellow nuns with the money to support their good deeds.
Her money has obviously run out.
The character who introduces us to this nunnery, once he hears that the Mother Superior is penniless?!
He says that the Order must be disbanded.
Cut to Washington D.C. and a television interview with the Duke of Edinburgh, husband to Queen Elizabeth of England on Meet the Press.
The first question by the interviewer to Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, is why, if he’s married to The Queen, isn’t he called King, instead of Duke?!
To which the Duke acknowledges the seeming inconsistency, calling it “Monstrously unjust!”
Then the matter of salary for the Royal Couple.
Apparently the Queen has not had a pay raise in over 15 years.
Phillip acknowledges that as fact.
Meanwhile, in New York a British journalist, in America to cover a Muhammed Ali story, calls his editor to sell a 600 word, front page article on the plight of a Royal Couple about to go into debt.
The Queen and the Nun!
Somewhat similar stories, eh?
The solution for the Royal financial crisis, in the 600-word article we anxiously await: “Sell off the Royal Couple!”
The ire in closed meetings is even greater.
Apparently the Royal Couple cost the British people at least 2 million pounds a year.
The yearly income of most Britons per year, 1,607 pounds!
The Royal Family?!
It costs more than four times that!
“Now,” cries England’s Charlotte Corday of the French Revolution, “they’re asking for more!!!”
“It’s not cheap playing polo!”
And finally, push to shove, even Prime Minister Wilson must say that for the richest woman in the world to cry poverty in the present financial situation England finds itself in?!
And the Royal Couple are asking for a pay raise?
“Even I,” said Wilson, “find myself…conflicted.”
Prince Phillip tells the Queen, in regard to the semi-French Revolution brewing, even within their own Prime Minister, “Leave it with me.”
“What does that mean?” asks the Queen.
“It means,” replies the Prince, “this needs a response! A robust response!!”
“You deserve to be paid properly!”
Then he adds, “We deserve to be paid properly!!”
Then he adds, “I won’t rest until we are!”
Obviously, as they say, “There will be more to come!
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