The Lost Prince (2003) short review

This BBC production tells the story of Prince John, the learning disabled and epileptic younger son of George V and Mary of England.  The film tries to contrast his very sheltered life with the immense events that surrounded him and his family (especially World War I).  Unfortunately, because Johnnie is so removed from all of this, we end up dipping in and out of his life versus his family’s life/political events — so that we see everyone freaking out about how the British are about to lose WWI, and then suddenly Johnnie’s hanging out in a field with his older brother who mentions that the war is now over.  All this skipping around made me feel totally uninvested in the story.  Also, some of the characterizations were weird, especially Queen Alexandra, who by this time was very very deaf, but in the movie seems to be interacting with everyone just fine.  Nice Edwardian costumes but nothing to write home about.  Worth a TV watch/rental but don’t buy it.


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.