The Crown leaves out the fact that Philip had a Jewish mentor
It’s unclear why this detail was left out of The Crown, especially since there’s some suggestion in the series that Philip’s family had ties to the Nazi party. But the truth is that Philip’s mentor, Kurt Hahn, the man who founded Gordonstoun, the Scottish boarding school that Philip attended, was a German-born Jew who opposed and fled the Nazis. Also left out of The Crown is the tremendous influence Hahn had over education in general. Gordonstoun inspired the creation of many schools around the world, and Hahn co-founded Outward Bound.
Elizabeth’s visit to Ghana wasn’t nearly as pivotal as depicted
In the early 1960s, Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to Ghana. Newly independent, Ghana was being ‘courted’ by the Soviet Union and therefore vulnerable to falling prey to communism. In The Crown, the Queen shares a charming ballroom dance with Ghana’s president, Kwame Nkrumah – so charming, in fact, that Nkrumah decides to rebuff Soviet overtures and remain within the orbit of the British Commonwealth. What The Crown doesn’t mention is the other facts that may have influenced Ghana’s decision to remain in the Commonwealth, including the subsequent overthrow of Nkrumah’s government.
There’s no evidence Philip was part of the Profumo scandal
The Crown insinuates Philip was involved in the 1963 sex scandal involving Minister of War John Profumo and a man called Stephan Ward, who arranged for high-profile men like Profumo to ‘meet’ women who were happy to ‘entertain’ them. The Crown correctly points out a link between Ward and Philip, but Buckingham Palace has always denied Philip’s involvement in the scandal, and no evidence exists to tie him to it.
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