Beneath The Crown: The True Story of Sydney Johnson | Netflix

Sydney Johnson was the longtime personal valet to Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor. A key figure and storyline in The Crown season 5, this is his incredible true story.


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Beneath The Crown: The True Story of Sydney Johnson | Netflix

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  1. You could tell the sense of pride and reverence Sydney had from being with the Duke. Then to see the joy of getting to pass that on when he’s handing Mohamed the books. I loved that scene.

  2. It boggles my mind that even knowing this story there are still defenders of the Royal family that claimed that Meghan Markle was exaggerating about the racism at Buckingham Palace? Even with the revelation of the racism from the lady in waiting two weeks ago, it seems that no evidence will ever be enough and no proof will ever suffice.

  3. Isn't it funny that it was the same black folks that Al- Fayed did not want to hire thought him class so that he was not scoffed upon by the Royal. It's appalling and that's why you cannot judge a person by the color of their skin.

  4. Whenever I convince people to watch the crown and they refuse to, I simply tell them to watch the episode “mu-mu”. The humanity of Al Fayed towards Sydney is beautiful and so was their friendship.

  5. Lots of comments talking about how heartfelt Sidney's story is. Few comment on how he had to navigate the sensibilities of two racists: A Nazi sympathiser and an anti-Black businessman. What type of mental gymnastics did he have to do his entire adult life, to stay employed and keep himself and his family? By his wit, knowledge and strategy, he convinced the two men of his humanity, beyond their racism. Maybe the extra mental work of that life wore him down, who knows? Maybe he would have lived beyond 69 years old.

  6. I liked the reveal of Mohammed from apparent racist prick to seemingly decent human being. Though he only ended up that way because his greed was stronger than his biggotry.

  7. this was such a change of pace. itll be interesting to see how they tell more stories around and not just about the royal family

  8. I was conflicted by this episode. We are conditioned to believe that working in a service capacity is demeaning, but Sydney was portrayed with such grace and humanity. It was ultimately very endearing, though I believe he deserved better opportunities. He seemed to be a very loyal intelligent man.

  9. Ethnically diverse backgrounds in the palace ? Didn’t Queen Victoria adopted a African girl as her daughter. Didn’t she also have Abdul Karin as a teacher and servant etc. Princess Margaret also had the same Caribbean staff when lived in West Indies etc etc. it’s no big deal. There’s been many ethnic groups attached to the monarchy wether personally or military or household. Stop this woke and learn royal history and you’ll find out.

  10. This was my favourite episode of this season, what a loving gentleman, I'm so happy that they decided to portray his story, many people that dedicated their lives to serve were remarcable, as they say in La Vita e Bella "You're serving. You're not a servant. Serving is a supreme art. God is the first servant. God serves men but he's not a servant to men". What an inspiring life he led.

  11. The Royal Household did not only excluded from employment ethnic minorities in 1960s but ANYONE (NO MATTER THE SKIN COLOUR) WAS UNABLE TO BE EMPLOYED THERE. My family's friend was half Polish (his father was Polish, his mother was an English lady with a title), so because of it he was unable to join Royal Guards.
    When I emigrated to England in 1980s there still were places where people looked down on me because I was an emigrant, even I am white European.

  12. I do wish Sydney Johnson had written a book. Nothing salacious but just to let us into the world of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor.

  13. It was great to see another story of someone who was a real person. Also great so see a personal side of Edward too. Wonder what happened to their home and if it was true as we saw

  14. Sydney Johnson is like the British counterpart to Eugene Allen, the man which Lee Daniels' The Butler is based on.

  15. The photo you are using for Andros Island is a photo of the Hopetown lighthouse on Elbow Key in the Abacos, not Andros.

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