The Crown’s ability to take something as complex as the post–WWI fall of European monarchies and distill it into a deeply human story is admirable. (The gift was reportedly a tiara, which was dismantled by Prince Philip and a jeweler to make Queen Elizabeth II’s engagement ring.) We're using cookies to improve your experience. Philip also used diamonds from the tiara to make a bracelet for Elizabeth as a wedding gift. Last year, the late Princess Alice received another kind of homage when Prince William ended his tour of the Middle East by visiting his great-grandmother’s tomb in east Jerusalem. She arrived in the palace an an honored guest, and lived there until her death in 1969. When Will Princess Diana Appear in 'The Crown'. In fact, the diamonds in Elizabeth's engagement ring came from a tiara gifted to Alice on her wedding day from Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia, according to Town and Country. Portrayed by actress Jane Lapotaire, we meet a fictionalized version of Alice as an elderly woman, and learn why her relationship with Philip was strained for most of their lives. Photo by Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images.

She married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark when she was still a teenager and went on to have five children; Philip, her only son, and four daughters. Prince Philip's chain-smoking nun mom in 'The Crown' was a real-life hero . Of all the things a regular watcher of The Crown might expect to see in Buckingham Palace, a chain-smoking Greek Orthodox nun with a history of institutionalization and a love of card games might be low on the list.

She is the one who should be made a saint.”, In 1994, when the princess was posthumously honored with the Righteous Among the Nations, Prince Philip said said of his mother, “I suspect that it never occurred to her that her action was in any way special.

Princess Alice died on December 5, 1969. The mother of Prince Philip plays a central role in The Crown season 3.

The couple lived in Greece and welcomed five children in 12 years. Amidst the reams of research sprung one fascinating character “beyond what any scriptwriter could come up with”—Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
Sign up for our daily Hollywood newsletter and never miss a story. The Crown makes it seem like Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice, was a saint, and in real life, she kind of was. I felt like it was the right episode to introduce Anne in.” As for whether the princesses had a bond as close as the one depicted in The Crown, Morgan admitted, “The degree of the closeness, I think, is what I would call taking license or working with the imagination. It’s Princess Anne, so I thought there’s a natural sympathy and an alliance between the grandmother and granddaughter. Let's dig into it. ©2020 From the awards race to the box office, with everything in between: get the entertainment industry's must-read newsletter. The entire Greek royal family was forced into exile in 1917, including Princess Alice, Prince Andrew, their four daughters, and their young son Prince Philip. Lacey writes that Philip saw very little of his mother during his childhood. The princess reportedly did not reunite with Philip until 1937, at the funeral of her daughter—and Philip’s sister—Cecilie, who died with her husband and two children in an air accident. “She had no money and nearly starved to death in World War II. According to the British Psychological Society's The Psychologist, the years following that escape were particularly hard on Princess Alice. She’s been deaf since infancy and fell into a depression.” Marveling at her story, Morgan said, “She’s just the most extraordinary character.”, Season three’s episode “Bubbikins” pairs Princess Alice (Jane Lapotaire) with her granddaughter Princess Anne (Erin Doherty) as unlikely conspirators, navigating the palace as the royal family films an ill-advised documentary. According to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, when the Gestapo became suspicious and questioned Alice, she pretended she couldn't hear them. After she was released, per the New York Times, the princess “founded the monastic society of Martha and Mary, which aimed at training sisters to take care of poor children and the sick. Prince Philip of England’s upbringing was far from normal. All my devoted love, your old Mama.”, Peter Morgan said he was astonished by Princess Alice’s life. In 1930, the princess reportedly suffered a religious crisis that caused her to be separated from her family—including Philip, who was not yet 10, and placed in a sanatorium in Switzerland. Born in 1885, she married Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark in 1903. We meet a fantastic older woman sporting a nun's habit, toting a lit cigarette, and insisting (in Greek) that she'll do whatever she can to keep her convent open. To revisit this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories. Alice, “indignant at her husband’s treatment, vowed that their son, Philip, would never receive the same treatment, and he was sent to school in England,” the New York Times reported. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, attends a royal wedding with his mother, 7th June 1957. After a failed restoration, another banishment, and the near-execution of her husband at the hands of Greek revolutionaries, Princess Alice converted to the Greek Orthodox church and began to experience religious hallucinations. An eccentric and mysterious royal, Alice was born inside Windsor Castle into unfathomable privilege. The only son and fifth and final child of Princess Alice of Battenberg and Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark was christened Prince Philippos of Greece and Denmark. (Victoria is both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip's great-great grandmother.) Every item on this page was chosen by an ELLE editor.

Princess Alice appears in “Bubbikins,” the fourth episode of The Crown Season 3, two seasons after her character had a quick cameo in the show’s first episode as a guest at her son Prince Philip and then–Princess Elizabeth’s wedding. There were rumors and anecdotes about the Buckingham Palace corridor smelling of Woodbine—a brand of tobacco, which is really associated with working-class men.

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