That the airing of season 3 of the mega-hit The Crown made news in the same week as Prince Andrew — for his relationship with US financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein — shows the lasting fascination we commoners have with the Windsors.Queen Elizabeth and Co should be thankful for the timing. In the middle of the media mire created by her second son’s more than unattractive behaviour, the new series has gone some way to not only distract from his antics but also paint the royal household in a rosy light.Set between the mid-1960s and late 1970s, the 10 Netflix episodes depict an older queen (played by Olivia Colman) struggling with personal demons and said family, in a Britain marked by economic and social upheaval and hard times.We’re shown a monarch more settled in her role, but who’s grappling with her relationship with her wildcard sister Margaret — who’d probably be happier raising racehorses professionally — and worried that she just can’t cry or show emotion. Even at the A...

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