Behind Queen Elizabeth's regal facade - filmmaker Tom Jennings reveals the heartbreaking truth

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Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Getty Images)
Queen Elizabeth (Photo: Getty Images)

By the end of 2019, royal experts were convinced the queen had found herself a new annus horribilis. After a string of scandals in 1992 including the aftermath of Prince Andrew's separation from Sarah Ferguson, Princess Anne's divorce, a devastating fire at Windsor Castle and Princess Diana's split from Prince Charles, the Latin term, which translates to "horrible year", was considered the monarchy's worst yet.

Now, I'd say 2019's not looking too bad, after Harry and Meghan's exit from the royal firm this year, an entire pandemic bringing life to a standstill in the UK and across the globe and both Prince Charles and Prince William contracting Covid-19. To say 2020's been challenging for the queen would be an understatement, but Tom Jennings, the Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning filmmaker behind National Geographic's new documentary, Being The Queen, tells me the secret behind Her Majesty's relentless "Keep Calm and Carry On" attitude: her closeness to her father, King George, who, just like her, was suddenly thrust into a position of power.

Tom explains Princess Elizabeth, as she was known at the time, watched her father ascend the throne when King Edward abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, an American divorcée - an unspeakable act at the time - something she too had to do when he died at a very young age.

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