As The Crown series 3 airs on Netflix, Robert Lacey is quoted in BBC Culture.
“There’s no doubt that The Crown has changed our perceptions of the monarchy,” says historian and royal expert Robert Lacey, who is a historical consultant on The Crown and whose latest book, The Crown: The Inside History, is designed to accompany the series.
“It’s made it into a sort of entertainment, which it wasn’t before, but I think it’s also allowed people to appreciate both the challenges and the benefits of being in the Royal Family.”
Lacey argues that one of the show’s key aspects is the way in which it allows us to reconsider both our past and how we feel about the nation.
“The monarchy is a tremendously important part of British identity for good and ill and I think The Crown makes people think about that,” he says. “The strength of the Queen is that the constitutional monarchy is ultimately supposed to stand for the power of the people in that even the grandest of prime ministers must answer to the people. The Queen’s great skill is to embody that well and The Crown in turn conveys that challenge really skilfully.”