The real story behind the Queen’s intruder on Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

The real story behind the Queen's intruder on Netflix's 'The Crown'

Season 4 of The Crown takes place over most of the 1980s, one of the royal’s family’s more eventful decades. Marriages, assassinations, wars, and the Thatcher years are crammed into just ten episodes, but the midpoint of the season takes a moment to reflect on one of the stranger incidents of the era — Michael Fagan’s 1982 break-in to the Queen’s bedroom. 

The Crown uses Michael Fagan as a symbol of a British everyman’s frustration with the government under Margaret Thatcher and further weaves the story of his break-in into the season’s larger themes of Queen Elizabeth II’s enforced distance from her family and subjects. It presents Fagan as a bizarre antihero whose actions remind the Queen of how little she has in common with “ordinary” people and encourages her to temporarily reassess her role as a figurehead.  Read more…

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