Philippine Opposition Netizens are abuzz over the mention of Imelda Marcos’s shoe (or shell) collection in an episode of the fourth season of Netflix series The Crown. The scene features Princess Margaret (played by Helena Bonham Carter) describing a banquet she attended in Manila wherein she is approached by then First Lady Imelda Marcos who wanted to show her shoe collection. The princess is portrayed by Carter acting confused as to whether Marcos referred to shoes or to “shells”.
The scene shows Princess Margaret in the company of Queen Elizabeth (played by Olivia Colman), Prince Charles (played by Josh O’Connor), Princess Anne (played by Erin Doherty), and Prince Philip (played by Tobias Menzies) all having a chuckle about the incident.
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Here is an account of Princess Margaret’s visit to Manila in 1980 that the scene is likely to be referring to as described by The Royal Watcher on its April 2020 article “Princess Margaret in the Philippines, 1980”…
Princess Margaret was hosted by First Lady Imelda Marcos on her Official Visit to the Philippines on this day in 1980, on behalf of the Queen. After visiting the tomb of national hero Jose Rizal, inaugurating the Lungsod ng Kabantaan hospital for children and viewing locally made handicrafts, the highlight of the visit was the Official Dinner in honour of the Princess (wearing the Poltimore Tiara and the Teck Circle Necklace) at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, which was followed by a visit to the the United Nation’s Indochinese Refugee Camp and a Reception at the British Embassy.
Imelda Marcos continues to be a celebrity in the Philippines. Back in 2014, photos of students of the Ateneo de Manila University posing for photos with Marcos circulated over the Net provoking outrage amongst her haters.
It’ll be interesting of course to see how the communists, a key ally of the Yellowtards (the leading partisan bloc within the Philippine Opposition loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco clan), would react to this latest “trending” piece of Martial Law Crybaby collateral. This is in considering that the English royal family are also anathema to the communist “cause” which seeks to destroy not just all aristocratic dynasties but any national government that they do not directly control.
In any case, much creative license is applied to the production of every episode of The Crown so it remains debatable as to how much of this scene (if at all) actually played out within closed doors.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.