'The Crown' Portrays The Queen As Jealous Of Jackie Kennedy In New Series

It's claimed the First Lady described the monarch as 'unintelligent and unremarkable'

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The second series of The Crown will feature the iconic night when the closest thing to American royalty, the Kennedys, met with the Queen and Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace.

Despite the monarch's broad smile in the images taken during their glamorous evening in 1961, the Netflix drama will claim that tensions ran high between the Queen and America's former First Lady Jackie Kennedy.

The series will also portray the Queen as jealous of Jackie Kennedy, and feature her disdain at Mrs Kennedy's flirtatious nature towards Prince Philip (via The Telegraph).

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Claire Foy and Matt Smith return as the Queen and Prince Philip respectively, while Michael C. Hall is introduced as JFK, and Jodie Balfour stars as Jackie.

Michael C. Hall and Jodie Balfour in The Crown
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In a scene from the new series of The Crown – which was had its premiere in London's Leicester Square last night – the Duke tells the Queen that Jackie has asked him to show her around the palace, to which she curtly affirms: "It's my house so I'll do it."

The women appear to develop a bond during the tour of the palace, but a few days later the Queen is informed by her royal equerry, Lord Plunkett, that Jackie has insulted her during a party at the home of her sister Lee Radziwill.

Plunkett relays that the First Lady maligned her as "a middle-aged woman so incurious, unintelligent and unremarkable that Britain's new reduced place in the world was not a surprise but an inevitability".

He adds that she described Buckingham Palace as a "second rate, dilapidated and sad, like a neglected provincial hotel".

The Queen is visibly upset by the comments, but composes herself as she retorts: "Well, we must have her again soon."

While Mrs Kennedy's remarks have not been derived from historical records, it is claimed that she confided in designer and photographer Cecil Beaton about how she was unimpressed with the Queen's fashion and the palace's drab interior.

American writer Gore Vidal also claimed that Jackie Kennedy had said she felt "resented" by the monarch.

A later scene shows Jackie apologising to the Queen for her "foolish" remarks, which was another encounter not recorded in historical records.

Meanwhile, the second series of the award-winning series will also follow the relationship between Vanessa Kirby's Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones - played by Matthew Goode.

The show's creator Peter Morgan recently added that the soul of season two will centre on Prince Philip's complexity.

From: AR Revista
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