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  • If you want saccharine overload

  • like double dose of caramel with your popcorn

  • then this is the movie for you.

  • Hi, my name is Katie Nicholl,

  • Vanity Fair's Royal Correspondent

  • and today I'll be reviewing movie scenes

  • that depict the British Royal Family.

  • Well, like the rest of you, I'm here working from home,

  • having a little bit of extra time to catch up

  • on all those wonderful movies.

  • So sit back, relax, and we're going to take you

  • through some of the best

  • and perhaps of the less accurate

  • depictions of the British Royal Family.

  • Hands up, I am guilty of watching this movie.

  • I think I watched everything

  • when Meghan and Harry got engaged.

  • - Let's see.

  • Chicken's just about ready,

  • and...

  • Harry?

  • - Right here.

  • I didn't really do this the proper way the first time.

  • Will you marry me?

  • - It is very loosely based on fact.

  • Although saying that, the clip that we just watched

  • is accurate because we know from the couple themselves

  • that Harry proposed, got down on bended knee, Meghan said.

  • She was cooking a roast chicken at the time.

  • They were living together at Nottingham Cottage.

  • So actually that scene isn't completely fictitious.

  • That is what happened.

  • - [Prince Harry] Center diamond is from Botswana.

  • - That's so beautiful.

  • - And these two stones were my mother's,

  • from a brooch she always wore on her left lapel

  • over her heart.

  • - They've done their research

  • and they are being true to fact where they can be.

  • The ring, for example, that he proposes with.

  • Harry did source a diamond from Botswana.

  • The two other diamonds were from his mother's collections.

  • - She wouldn't just have approved of you.

  • She would have loved you.

  • - This, you've got to take it with a bucket load,

  • rather than a pinch of salt.

  • It's good fun.

  • It's so easy to watch.

  • I have to say, the casting is absolutely brilliant.

  • I mean, she looks so like Meghan.

  • So, yes, it's high on fiction,

  • relatively mediocre of fact, but listen.

  • If you want to grab a bucket of popcorn

  • and just sit back and watch something

  • for the sheer fun of it, this movie's for you.

  • - Prime Minister?

  • - Good morning, Majesty.

  • Sorry to disturb,

  • but I was just wondering whether you'd seen

  • any of today's papers.

  • - I managed to look at one or two, yes.

  • - This scene takes place after the death of Diana.

  • The Queen is in residence at Balmoral

  • with Duke of Edinburgh, the prince of Wales,

  • William, and Harry, who've just been told

  • that their mother has died,

  • and the Prime Minister at the time,

  • Tony Blair, calls her up and says that

  • public opinion is turning against her.

  • The people are wondering where she is

  • and why she isn't back in England.

  • - [Tony Blair] In which case my next question would be

  • whether you felt some kind of response might be necessary.

  • - Helen Mirren is so extraordinarily amazing

  • at emulating the Queen.

  • I mean, even the way she takes her spectacles off

  • and briskly polishes them on her cardigan.

  • - I believe a few over-ego editors are doing their best

  • to sell newspapers.

  • It would be a mistake to dance to their tune.

  • - [Tony Blair] Under normal circumstances I would agree,

  • but...

  • well, my advice is,

  • I've been taking the temperature

  • among people on the streets

  • and well, the information I'm getting is that the mood

  • is quite delicate.

  • - So what would you suggest, Prime Minister,

  • some kind of a statement?

  • - No, ma'am.

  • I believe the moment for statements has passed.

  • I would suggest flying the flag at half mast

  • above Buckingham Palace,

  • and...

  • coming down to London

  • at the earliest opportunity.

  • - That is exactly what happened.

  • The Queen really stuck to her guns.

  • She made a point of staying in Scotland,

  • and I remember researching this period for my book,

  • William and Harry, back in 2010,

  • and speaking to someone who knows the Queen very well

  • and asking them, "Why did she make that decision?",

  • and this person said to me,

  • it was really very simple.

  • It was probably one of the few times

  • that the Queen has put herself and her family

  • before the needs of her nation.

  • For a woman who has given her whole life to duty

  • and put herself after the public,

  • this was the one occasion where she didn't do that

  • and yes, she got some flak for it.

  • Yes, she got some critical headlines, but for her,

  • being with those two grandchildren

  • who just lost their mother was more important

  • than coming and addressing the crowds in London,

  • but the movie goes on to show

  • that she did come back to London.

  • - First, I want to pay tribute to Diana, myself.

  • She was an exceptional and gifted human being.

  • - She did make that infamous address from Buckingham Palace

  • and she did indeed go out and meet the crowds.

  • She is seen in this scene walking through a cleared mine

  • towards the press pack and she goes on to address them

  • and talk about the importance of the work that she is doing.

  • This is a very accurate depiction of what happened

  • in the late 90's, just before Diana's death.

  • This was one of the last big humanitarian campaigns

  • that she embarked on.

  • Really, quite poignant

  • and I think the movie captures very well

  • Diana, her spirit, her humanitarian campaign.

  • - All this land can be farmed again.

  • The children can play in the fields.

  • The clearance is a lengthy and hazardous process.

  • Humanity's only defense against landmines

  • is to stop manufacturing them.

  • Thank you.

  • - You look at the costume, it's amazing.

  • It's an absolute replica

  • and the actress has a really strong likeness to Diana

  • and you know, this is a moment that really did happen,

  • and in fact, a moment that should be well

  • and still be fresh in all of our memories because

  • last year Prince Harry was also in South Africa

  • and he went to visit the area

  • that his mother had walked through.

  • When he retraced his mother's steps through this field

  • that is now a thriving community with schools

  • and hospitals and communities living safely

  • so it's quite topical because we're seeing her son,

  • Prince Harry, literally carry on in the footsteps

  • and carrying on the work that she started.

  • - God, I hate to tell you this.

  • They've refused you the title of Royal Highness,

  • which is yours by right.

  • I'm sorry.

  • - Of course.

  • They're cutting us off, then.

  • Closing ranks completely.

  • - It's a double blow for Edward and Wallis,

  • because not only have they been told

  • that no member of the Royal Family is going to go

  • and attend their wedding.

  • The Royal Family has also made it clear

  • that Wallis will not get the title of Her Royal Highness.

  • So she would be the Duchess of Windsor,

  • but she would not be Her Royal Highness.

  • You see that disappointment captured very, very well.

  • Edward decided to essentially leave the Royal Family.

  • He abdicated.

  • He chose not to be king,

  • in order to marry the woman who he fell in love with,

  • who happened to be Wallis Simpson, an American divorcee.

  • This film, I think, captures very well the sacrifice