Queen of the World
In a coup for ITV, Queen of the World is a fascinating, jewel of a royal documentary and her majesty Queen Elisabeth 11, Prince Charles, Prince William, Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are the stars, alongside the people of the Commonwealth.
In this intimate, two-part series, we get to glimpse behind the often mysterious and impenetrable, mystical pomp and façade of royalty, into the tireless, hardworking world of Queen and the Commonwealth. Queen Elisabeth the second has reigned for more than 66 years, she is a remarkable woman and our longest reigning British monarch. Even more remarkably, aged 91, she continues to carry out a tireless array of duties as head of the Commonwealth, at a time when most people are quietly enjoying retirement. Wouldn’t we all love to know here the secret, apart from her eternal sense of duty? Well, I can tell you that the Queen is known to favour an integrated approach to health and well-being, much like her son and heir Prince Charles.
It is just as well our Queen is in such good health, as she still has important work to do. She is passionate about the Commonwealth and she is quietly and steadfastly passing the baton to the next generation, including Prince Charles, Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of Sussex. While it is too easy to compare Meghan Markle with the late Princess Grace of Monaco, also a Hollywood star, there is no doubt that learning to work and live in the glare of a thousand flashbulbs, with an intoxicating mix of public adulation and scrutiny, and to do so with poise and grace, is perfect training for a new recruit to ‘The Firm’, as the British royal family is amusingly known.
Thus, Megan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, shows great promise as a humanitarian, alongside her warm and ridiculously charismatic and informal spouse, Prince Harry. There’s a fantastic moment where he talks about the awe and respect shown to his grandmother, the Queen. While his new wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, engagingly declares to the camera, ‘this will keep us busy’, as we see in her in action, championing Britain and the Commonwealth, in her new role with Prince Harry. And I wonder if she has any idea what the future will look like when this remarkable Queen finally does step down to let the next generation pick up the torch and carry on her legacy. What will the British monarchy look like in ten years time?
Queen of the World. Starts Tuesday 25th September at 9.15pm on ITV
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