The Crown, episode three

Dec. 10, 1936. Young Elizabeth and Margaret are outside frolicking while their grandmother tells their uncle the Duke of Windsor (Alex Jennings) that he has no right to declare anything to the people because they aren’t his people anymore. George and his family listen as he wishes them well and declares that God save the king.

Elizabeth, in her black mourning clothes, is on her way to the palace but she stops and says goodbye to Philip. She remarks that the house looks good and he seems proud. It’s the first real home he’s ever had he says.

She gets to the palace and is given a schedule by Tommy. She meets briefly with her mother and grandmother about seating at the funeral. They don’t know where to put the Duke of Windsor. They don’t seem pleased he is coming.

The Duke arrives from America by boat and addresses the press before going to see his mother. She talks about how wonderful George was.

Tommy shows Elizabeth into the office and how to sort through the papers. She is later getting ready for a meeting with Churchill while Philip goes over the important issues. He wants to stay in Clarence House and he wants the kids to keep his name. She meets with Churchill and he goes over a few of the finer points of what their interactions will entail before moving on to discuss her coronation.

Elizabeth, Margaret and their mother meet with the Duke and he wants them to come together in grief and perhaps spend some time together otherwise before he departs for New York. Their mother still hates him and wants to cut off his allowance.

He writes back to his wife Wallis Simpson (Lia Williams) about milking the family for all they are worth.

Lord Mountbatten (Greg Wise) hosts a dinner in honor of the late king and the new queen.
Philip is outside teaching Charles how to play ball. A plane is flying around trying to get aerial photographs for a magazine and Elizabeth observes from a window. She has duties to perform.

The Duke complains to his mother about his allowance being cut off. He can’t believe it because he barely makes ends meet as it is. His mother tells him to perhaps take a page from his late brother’s book and learn a bit of frugality. They are interrupted by Prince Ernst von Hannover (Daniel Betts). He comes in and explains the dinner with Lord Mountbatten and how he declared that the royal family would soon have his name.

Peter calls Margaret in to tell her that his wife has left him. She took all of her belongings but he doesn’t plan to push for divorce because he would lose his job. She points out that, someday, he would be able to remarry. They hear someone coming and she hides, but forgets to grab her purse. It’s Philip. He wants to learn to fly and Peter is willing to help him do just that. Philip notices the purse and calls him on it but doesn’t push to know who it belongs to.

Queen Mary (Eileen Atkins), Elizabeth’s grandmother, makes sure that Churchill knows that Elizabeth and Philip intend to keep his last name. He confronts her about it but she fights back. She points out that he’s in her debt because he won’t be ousted by his party while still planning the coronation so she will agree to his delays.

The Duke goes to dine with Churchill and is booed on the ride in. The offers to inform Elizabeth of the cabinet’s decision that she must change the family name and move to the palace. He needs a favor in return. He would like Churchill to put in a good word for his allowance. He also wants a title for his wife. Churchill is willing to help with the first part but not the second.

Elizabeth and Philip go out for a night at the theater. Margaret hurries in to Peter’s office, kisses him and leaves just as quickly.

The Duke joins her for lunch the next day and discusses life and what he does now. He says that since the family didn’t accept the woman he loves, he doesn’t miss it at all. She questions why she never got an apology. She didn’t want this life in the spotlight and he’s the one that forced it upon her. They seem to reach an agreement and that’s when he brings up the name and housing issue.

Philip comes home and talks about taking flying lessons. She sits him down and breaks the news about the name and the living arrangements. He is livid. He says that she took his career and his home and his name from him. He thought they were in this together. He storms out.

The family, including Philip, goes home to Buckingham Palace where Elizabeth declares that her family and descendants will take the name Windsor.

The Duke boards a ship to return to New York.

Has Philip always been that much of a jerk? You signed up for this dude. You don’t get to argue about names and houses and stuff. The Duke should be punched too.

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