Spoiler warning – The Crown Season 4 spoilers below
In The Crown Season 4, episode 4, the Royal drama deals with the topic of motherhood.
In the episode, titled Favourites, Margaret Thatcher refers to her son Mark as her “favourite” child, which surprised the Queen.
Nevertheless, Thatcher’s mention of her favourite child sets Elizabeth II off on her own quest to straighten out her own feelings for her children.
This particularly comes about after Prince Philip teases her that “any honest parent” has a favourite, and that it’s “obvious” which one is hers.
The Duke of Edinburgh admits that his is Anne, but won’t tell the Queen who he thinks hers is.
After having four private meetings with her children, organised by her bemused secretary Martin Charteris, she concludes to Philip that all their children are “lost” and are “each in their own deserts”.
Many would maybe assume that it would be Prince Charles, the heir to the throne and her first born, that is her favourite.
But, in The Crown, Prince Phillip thinks her favourite is Prince Andrew. And Royal fans on social media couldn’t agree more.
One person on social media said after watching the episode: “Philip’s favourite is Anne, and I think Liz’s fave was Andrew. No one likes Charles.”
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Another simply said: “Andrew is the Queen’s favourite child.”
A third said: “Andrew is definitely the Queen’s favourite”.
And many royal experts agree. Royal biographer Lady Colin Campbell explained how the Queen associated Andrew with “the re-booting of her marriage and a happy time in her time”.
Andrew is the Queen’s third child, and she took an extended maternity leave to be with him.
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Royal historian Piers Brendon told Jeremy Paxman: “Andy skipped university and went straight to naval college, which went down well with his naval officer father.
“He completed the Marines Commando course, just to show he could, before qualifying as a helicopter pilot.
“Then, aged just 22, he fought in the Falklands. Prince Andrew is obviously the Queen’s favourite son.”
He added: “He was heroic during the Falklands War – she clearly has a soft spot for him.”
However, in The Crown, the Queen ends by saying: “If he doesn’t change…”, which is no doubt a nod to the troubles that have plagued Andrew in recent years, leading to his retirement from Royal duty in 2019.
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