Same, Victoria, same. Well, it’s happened. In the span of one episode Albert went from her rude, dull first cousin to our favorite British queen’s fiance. This episode also served as a good reminder of why I really don’t like Prince Albert, so, in that sense, well done Victoria – you’ve captured his essence perfectly.
Let’s get into it, shall we? Episode 4, “The Clockwork Prince,” begins where the last one left off, in the drawing room with Prince Albert walking up to the Queen to turn the page of her piano music for her. Dash immediately starts barking to which I say, good for Dash. He is a rival for Victoria’s affection and maybe also a tyrant. Dogs are never wrong. Anyway, Victoria isn’t feeling it, so when it’s suggested that she show Albert and his brother, Ernest, around she uses Lord Melbourne to get out of it with some urgent dispatches that require her “full attention.” I like this excuse. I’m going to use it going forward.
Uncle Leopold (Oh right, he’s still here) debriefs with his nephews. No, he says, Ernest, though better with women, can’t swoop in to woo Victoria instead. This is Albert’s destiny. So, basically, Albert has been chilling in Coburg waiting to get his Mrs. degree. Or he’s like Kate Middleton circa 2006 (yes, that was mean). Anyway, HOW embarrassing for a man that thinks so highly of his own intellect. “You’ll be the King of England!” Leopold tells him. “No, I’ll be the Queen of England’s husband,” he responds. How prescient.
Victoria, for her part, says of her cousin, “He never smiles. I wonder if he can.” Honestly, who knows? But photographs from his life indicate no.
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