Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Queen Likes The Queen

According to London's Daily Mail, Queen Elizabeth II and others at Buckingham Palace approve of THE QUEEN.

In THE QUEEN Helen Mirren portrays Queen Elizabeth dealing with the aftermath of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. The film has received widespread praise, and Mirren is expected to receive an Oscar nomination.

I'm looking forward to seeing it at some point. Unfortunately thus far the selection of theaters it's playing in here is fairly limited.


Blogger redtown said...

The one character not developed in the film was Diana herself. While she remains the icon of superficial popular culture, it was a very different Diana -- behind the facades of glamour and pseudo-compassion -- whom the Royal family knew personally.

Both Diana and her brother, Charles Spencer, suffered from Borderline Personality Disorder caused by their mother's abandoning them as young children.  A google search reveals that Diana is considered a case study in BPD by mental health professionals.

For Charles Spencer, BPD meant insatiable sexual promiscuity (his wife was divorcing him at the time of Diana's death). For Diana, BPD meant intense insecurity and insatiable need for attention and affection which even the best husband could never fulfill. 

From a BPD perspective, it's clear that the Royal family did not cause her "problems". Rather, she brought her multiple issues into the marriage, and the Royal family was hapless to deal with them.

Her illness, untreated, sowed the seeds of her fast and unstable lifestyle, and sadly, her tragic fate.

11:26 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I appreciate you sharing your perspective. While I believe it's true that Diana had some "issues" of her own which didn't help matters, the Royal Family's own "issues" contributed as well. There were problems on each side. First and foremost, of course, Charles going into the marriage emotionally and ultimately physically unfaithful was a recipe for disaster. Charles apparently was very self-involved...perhaps somewhat inevitably given his position. Given this and Camilla, the marriage never had a real chance. It's very possible that had he been a doting and affectionate husband -- something Diana (and indeed any wife) really needed -- things might have turned out quite differently. Alas, we will never know. Best wishes, Laura

12:17 PM  

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