The fourth season of the royal drama The Crown debuted on Netflix this week, and for many of the show's younger fans, these may be the its most poignant episodes yet.
While the series' protagonist is still a fictionalized version of Queen Elizabeth, she now finds herself butting heads with a character whom viewers might find far more sympathetic -- a very young and very naive Princess Diana.
Of course, Diana's struggle for a shred of privacy and normalcy is all the more relevant these days because her youngest son, Prince Harry, and his wife, Meghan Markle, are carrying on her fight.
The similarities between Meghan and Diana's stories are numerous:
Both were "commoners" who clashed with their royal in-laws almost immediately, and both were forced to struggle mightily against a British tabloid press who sought to invade every aspect of their lives.
However, one major difference in their situations, is that Meghan has a fiercely loyal ally in Harry, whereas Harry's father, Prince Charles, famously prioritized royal protocol over his wife's happiness.
Perhaps viewing his parents' doomed marriage as a tragic cautionary tale, Harry and Meghan moved to America and surrendered their royal titles.
It's long been widely assumed that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip recognized grandson's relocation for what it was -- a desperate attempt to avoid his parents' fate.
Now, however, a royal researcher claims that the eldest members of the royal family are completely baffled by the Harry and Meghan's decision to abandon their duties.
“I think it was a huge shock and then as very often happens shock then turns to irritation because you think why? What have we all done wrong and what it is that they want and what is it that they haven’t got?” Ingrid Seward, author of a new book about Prince Philip, recently told Page Six.
“They’ve got a beautiful house, they’ve got a beautiful child, they were doing what they wanted to do, their voices were being heard and I think they just couldn’t understand and probably still don’t.”
Seward says Elizabeth and Philip were confused by initial reports of Harry and Meghan's unhappiness, and they were downright baffled by the couple's decision to step down as senior members of the royal family.
The author claims that 99-year-old Prince Philip is especially confused, as “he’s always been very fond” and formerly thought of his grandson as a kindred spirit.
“Harry is spontaneous, he’s fun and he’s a bit of a daredevil or he was and Philip, when he was young, was all these things too,” Seward explained.
“So I think he saw a little bit of himself in Harry and the two of them were able to communicate very well.”
Seward believes that Meghan's intentions were pure, but she also feels that the glamorous American actress was poorly-suited for royal life from the very beginning.
“Meghan’s whole thing was, ‘Look at me,’ but I think she had a big heart and really want to make things better,” Seward says.
“She and Harry really did want to make things better together and all they’ve actually managed to do is make things worse.”
Obviously, that's a harsh assessment of the situation, and Seward's view is one that's shared by very few Americans.
But you can be sure that her pro-monarchist stance reflects the beliefs of quite a few UK residents, many of whom continue to believe the conflict is all Meghan's fault.