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A Broadway play about King Charles II premiered as a film on BBC Two and has caused a lot of controversy.
In the film, life after Queen Elizabeth II’s death is imagined starting with Charles’ ascension to the throne. Unlike his mother, King Charles III is fictionally portrayed to use the newfound power to take over the government. The power struggle with Parliament causes a constitutional crisis that threatens to bring down the country.
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The themes in the play-turned-film reportedly should be taken “very seriously” according to Dr. Kate Williams, a Professor of History at the University of Reading. Charles once tried to use his status to influence the government, and in 2015, a court ruling forced the “black spider letters,” secret memos to his cabinet members, to be published.
“Every time there has been a standoff between the monarch and Parliament, it has been to the detriment of the monarch’s reputation,” Williams wrote for The Telegraph. “Charles, no doubt, will be acutely aware of these historical precedents.”
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The image of Charles isn’t even the most controversial part of the film. The late Princess Diana makes several appearances as a ghost in the...
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