The Crown: the story behind the story

You’d think the biggest royal drama ever produced would be about the pomp and protocols of, well, royalty.

But The Crown revolves around the theme of marriage. 

Take Series 2, Episode 4 for example. Four couples. And four truths about marriage.

Marriage is difficult

Prince Philip’s advisor sleeps around while on tour. His wife finds out and wants a divorce. The same old story. A faithful marriage requires effort.

Marriage is about friendship

Princess Margaret longs to get married. Billie Wallace floats the idea of marriage with her. He describes it as a “consolidation of friendship and assets.”

Margaret realises they aren’t good enough friends. And she’s right; marriage hinges on friendship.

Marriage is exciting

Margaret lives the high life and is critical of Elizabeth and Philip’s “boring” marriage. Maybe she’s right?

The Queen Mother encourages her daughter that, ten years in, they’re only now finding their stride.

Like a good wine, marriage gets better with age.

Marriage is about listening

Speaking with the Queen about marriage, the Prime Minister says that, “listening is very important.”

Meanwhile, his wife’s in bed with another man, saying, “his love repels me.”

They’re clearly not listening - a vice that all marriages are prone to.

Marriage is about Jesus

Marriage is difficult but exciting. It’s about listening and friendship. In this way, the Bible says that marriage is a picture of our relationship to Jesus (Ephesians 5:31-32).

Like marriage, being Christian is difficult but Jesus is always faithful. He’s our closest friend. It’s exciting to listen to and live for him.

Married Christians must remember this.

And single Christians must remember that while marriage is good, our deepest desires are not met in the picture but in the God it depicts.  

Sam Allberry writes, “if marriage shows us the shape of the gospel, singleness shows us its sufficiency.”