“The Crown,” which for six seasons walked the tightrope between reality and fiction, has concluded with its final season.
The last six episodes of the series, which were streamed on Netflix on December 14, mostly concentrated on Prince William and his marriage to Kate Middleton as it concluded its historical reconstruction of Queen Elizabeth II’s life and household.
The couple first met while studying at St. Andrews University in Scotland. In the couple’s 2010 engagement interview, Middleton admitted that due to her shyness, it took some time for the pair to get to know each other. They developed into “extremely close friends” as they spent more time together.
If “The Crown” is to be believed, it was Middleton’s mother, Carole Middleton, who pushed her daughter toward the young prince.
Kate had intended to go with friends to Edinburgh University initially, but took a gap year and later enrolled at St. Andrew’s, where Prince William was, at the behest of Carole, portrayed in the show by Eve Best.
According to Vanity Fair, “The Crown” researcher Annie Sulzberger’s findings supported the show is plot points.
Sulzberger admitted to the outlet, “It was hard.” “My team is entirely women. We didn’t want the research to add up to, ‘Wow. She really did leave Edinburgh and go on a gap year and reapply to St. Andrew’s because of this new student [William] who was matriculating that year. We tried our darnedest to find other things that would’ve impacted her decision-making.”
Sulzberger went on, “Edinburgh had the better program in art history.” It was a better school, Edinburgh. All of her friends were going to Edinburgh. A year off on a deferment was something she had never discussed. So it was a little disheartening, actually, to come to the conclusion that a lot of the media had come to, which, in this case, we felt was accurate.”