Lillian and I haven't written the recap for this week's episode yet. Last week's, if you missed it, is HERE. But here's a little click-bait to keep you entertained until we get it finished:
So I appreciate that Julian Fellowes refers to actual historical figures in his scripts. Some are obvious, like the King and Queeen, and some seem like fluff: having Australian opera singer Kiri Te Kanawa play the part of an actual Australian opera singer of the period, Nellie Melba. And it seems he got that wrong, too.
But on the final episode--"The Christmas Special" for those in Britain and some other countries, Julian wrote in two characters whom we mixed up for the entire first hour. We finally got them sorted out and looked the actresses up in the Season Five cast list to see if we really had to pay attention or could just forget them both, and OH MY STARS AND GARTERS Freda Dudley-Ward was a real live human. She was a married mother and "friend", or "confidante" for those too discreet to say mistress, of the Prince of Wales, who became King George for a few minutes before abdicating to marry a different mistress, Wallis Simpson.
Of course all we could think of was Camilla Parker-Bowles, who was Prince Charles's mistress for so many years (and she was also married with children). I know things are different across the pond, and the monarchy is a peculiar type of business, but still! At one point Mrs Dudley-Ward would have been invisible, but there she was acting as a party date to the Prince of Wales, as bold as brass. To her credit, Camilla kept to the shadows until Princess Diana was cold in her grave. And as time passes, even nerdy old Princes Charles seems like sort of an okay guy. (Even though I want to carry a grudge, as I get older I realize my indignation might be misplaced. You just never know the whole story, do you?)
There's still a lot going on here to keep us from finishing the recap, but I know when we're finally done we'll feel bereft until Season Five starts (for us cheaters) in September. Thanks for sticking with us!