Im a captive of The Crown, the PBS mini-series on Britains royal family. The sheer opulence of their lives is mesmerizing. That, and their unhappiness in spite of it all. The shows writers indulge us in Schadenfreude; feeling satisfaction at anothers misfortune.
One segment sticks with me.
Prince Philip persuades the Queen to allow a BBC film crew to invade the palace for a spell in order to curry public opinion. Elizabeth cant see the point. Were just normal people, she says as her lady-in-waiting brushes her hair.