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The Crown season 4: Lord Mountbatten's death and involvement of IRA

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'Uncle Dickie's' death had a major effect on the monarchy.
Lord Mountbatten had a massive effect on the Royal family (Picture: Rex)

The Crown season 4 is marking several major moments for the Royal family in the new episodes, including the death of Lord Mountbatten and its catastrophic effect.

An essential part of the inner circle of the Windsors, the Queen's cousin, Lord Louie Mountbatten, first Earl Mountbatten of Burma, led a series of Royal duties and the British relationship within the Commonwealth.

As tragedy struck and he was killed, the Netflix series suggests that his death kickstarted a chain of events that changed history.

But how much of the series is real, and what actually happened that eventful day in 1979?

Was Charles really as close to 'Uncle Dickie' as the show portrays him to be?



Here is a brief rundown on the war hero's life and influence on the monarchy, including how he died, who was to blame for his death, and what occurred as a result.

Prince Charles had a particularly close bond with his 'Uncle Dickie' (Picture: Rex)

How did Lord Mountbatten die?

On August 27, 1979, Mountbatten and a number of friends were on a fishing trip off the coast of County Sligo, Ireland on his boat, Shadow V.

However, at around 11.30am, a bomb that was planted on the boat – which had been left unguarded – exploded.

Mountbatten initially survived the bombing, and was pulled from the water by local fishermen with severe injuries, which he shortly succumbed to. He was 79 years old.

Of the seven people on board, there were three other fatalities in the attack – Mountbatten's 14-year-old grandson Nicholas Brabourne and 15-year-old Paul Maxwell, a local resident who was hired by the party as a boat…
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