WORLD NEWS – GB – A mixture of fact and fiction as The Crown looks into Mountbatten’s murder


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Laura Linott

The IRA murder of Lord Mountbatten was the most shocking event in the heart of the British royal family but has a new episode of The Crown still true to history?

At the start of the fourth season of Netflix The Giant, Accurately depicting a boat explosion in Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, in August 1979.

However, the shocking scene only shows Mountbatten on the boat with two young boys, presumably his twin grandchildren..

History indicates that Mountbatten and the boys were not the only passengers on the boat that day, as shown on screen. There were many passengers, including the lord’s daughter, son-in-law and a young crew member.

One of the people on board, the surviving grandson of Mountbatten, Timothy Knatchpole, wrote in From a Clear Blue Sky: Surviving the Mountbatten Bomb, How his twin brother died in the explosion. In the book, he narrated how three bodies, including that of his grandfather, were thrown in the water after the bomb exploded. .

Although the other passengers on the boat were not shown in the ring, it was noted that they were killed in the bomb, in a telegram delivered to Prince Philip. Timothy and his parents, John and Patricia, survived the explosion.

After Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are notified of the atrocities, the crown depicts a grieving king receiving a phone call from incoming Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by Gillian Anderson.

The fictional Thatcher tells the Queen that she’s fed up with those who « make excuses for the atrocities committed by the IRA ». There is no such thing as political killing, political bombing, or political violence. « .

This conversation and the details in it appear to be a fairy tale of events, and no doubt adds more drama to the story and adds to Thatcher’s reputation as an Iron Lady. .

Although most people with any knowledge of the British royal family know that the Prime Minister will not be known to be frank with the Queen. It will completely contravene the convention.

Then Thatcher promised the Queen during this conversation: “I give you my word that I will wage war against the IRA with relentless determination and merciless until victory in that war.

Again, this is completely unlikely. It would be realistic if King Thatcher immediately reminded of the accepted protocol.

Accurately depicts Prince Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) wrecked by the loss of Mountbatten.

Mountbatten had been in a very close father-son relationship with the young prince and had his heart soured over the murder.. As detailing the crown, the prince had already given a reading at Mountbatten’s funeral.

It is also extremely doubtful that Prince Philip (played by Tobias Menzies) told Prince Charles that he was « upset » with his son, because he enjoyed a close relationship with Mountbatten.

Again, this is very likely to be dramatic due to the fact that very little is known about the intimate relationships between members of the royal family.

It is realistically correct that the IRA claimed responsibility for the explosion and killed 18 British soldiers at Warren Point later in the day..

This is dramatically portrayed with a male accent from Northern Ireland as a voiceover during the first episode.

Although The Crown once again imagines a conversation between Prince Charles and Princess Diana (played by Emma Corinne) after the funeral, its essence is really true historically.




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News World – GB – a mixture of fact and fiction as The Crown looks at Mountbatten’s murder



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