Are you wondering why the former first lady Imelda Marcos trended on Twitter this morning? Well, this might have to do with the hit Netflix series ‘The Crown’. The show is about how Queen Elizabeth II reigned the United Kingdom so how does it relate with the wife of the late president and dictator?
Unflattering snide about Imelda Marcos and her shoe collection
Currently, Netflix is showing the fourth season of The Crown and there’s a scene in which Princess Margaret lightly imitates and ridicules the notorious former first lady. In that particular scene, the character told her story of her state visit to the Philippines.
This is when she met Imelda, the lady who wanted to flaunt her luxurious things. She went on like this:
“So there we are, in Manila,” she says, “in the middle of a state banquet when who barges into the room? But none other than Imelda. Marcos. She makes a beeline straight to me and says she’s desperate to show me her—wait for it—”
Princess Anne guessed that it’s about a shoe collection but Princess Margaret corrected her by saying, “shell collection”. Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) jokes that the princess might have misunderstood Imelda Marcos.
“No, I can assure you, it was seashells,” Princess Margaret says. Even Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Coleman) joined in the banter by mimicking a fake English accent.
The netizens had a great laugh about this episode, giving compliments to the witty lines of this series. In real life, there’s a photo showing that the Princess and Imelda Marcos really did meet. It was during Margaret’s official state visit here in our country in April 1980. There’s no evidence the conversation of the shell collection actually took place. By that, we can only assume we can attribute this to the show’s creative license.
It’s not a mystery that Imelda Marcos lived a life of grandeur, glamor, and luxury. Because of that, she was not well-liked by people in diplomatic circles. There’s even a mention in a source that some diplomats described her a “more of a pest than a guest”.
Any thoughts on this?
Queenie Lasta got her bachelor's degree in Communications Research from UP Diliman. In her free time, she likes to read thriller novels, psychology books, and mangas. She believes in the importance of grit, hard work, and passion to become a great writer in the future.