Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King

Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King
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Review

This is one of those enjoyable, deftly drawn documentaries that exposes intrigue and plotting behind the façade of the monarchy. “My uncle Dickie has an idea for me; he thinks I could marry Princess Elizabeth,” a young midshipman in the Royal Navy confided to his captain (who promptly wrote the conversation down) in 1939.

This was the 18-year-old Prince Philip of Greece referring to the 13-year-old heir to the British throne. And said uncle was Lord Mountbatten, whose high-stakes dynastic gamble had already brought the pair together and sparked a budding romance, despite the age difference.

But Philip’s sisters were married to Nazis; to the British establishment he was a dubious outsider and not “one of us”; Mountbatten still had a mountain to climb. How he did so makes for a fascinating story.

Summary

Secret History documentary telling the inside story of the dynastic tensions that were unleashed when Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, fell in love with Prince Philip. It was felt that Philip was rough and ill-mannered - and with the Second World War still fresh in most people's minds, the royal and political elite disliked his German roots. But following the death of King George VI in 1952, the establishment feared a dynastic coup, with the Queen torn between the two sides. The documentary examines the complexities and frustrations of the royal marriage, as the monarch struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government.

Cast & Crew

Director Richard Sanders
Executive Producer Denys Blakeway
Producer Richard Sanders
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