Donna’s change of heart evidence of her courage



December 13, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Donna Houser

I’m a captive of “The Crown,” the PBS mini-series on Britain’s royal family. The sheer opulence of their lives is mesmerizing. That, and their unhappiness in spite of it all. The show’s writers indulge us in Schadenfreude; feeling satisfaction at another’s 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 can’t see the point. “We’re just normal people,” she says as her lady-in-waiting brushes her hair. 

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