Real-life queen of ‘Bridgerton’ wasn’t biracial —but she was a badass

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Two centuries aft her death, Queen Charlotte of Great Britain, consort of King George III, is simply a pop-culture phenomenon.

The lavishly coiffed, gossip-hungry breakout prima of the Netflix deed “Bridgerton” is astir to get her ain prequel bid — acknowledgment successful ample portion to the wide content that Charlotte was, secretly, England’s archetypal mixed-race queen.

According to showrunner Chris Van Dusen, Charlotte’s radical practice inspired shaper Shonda Rhimes to usage color-blind casting for their 1813 Regency romance. A steamy streaming occurrence was born.

Lost successful the buzz was 1 tiny detail: the truth.

The conception that Charlotte was biracial is “a farrago of nonsense,” historiographer Andrew Roberts told The Post. In his caller publication “The Last King of America” (Viking), retired now, the queen plays a large role.

“The happening that surprises maine is the fig of historians who – possibly conscionable due to the fact that of the taste cringe origin – don’t privation to denounce it arsenic evident rubbish,” Roberts said.

Queen Charlotte of Great Britain successful  a 1762 portrait.Queen Charlotte of Great Britain successful a 1762 portrait.Getty Images

The assertion is rooted successful a azygous online article by researcher Mario de Valdes y Cocom, published connected the website for PBS’s “Frontline” successful 1997 and boosted erstwhile Meghan Markle joined the royal family.

Cocom’s worldly included “not a azygous citation oregon enactment to enactment his drawstring of absurd assertions,” Roberts said. Historian Lisa Hilton has painstakingly debunked Cocom’s argument.

“Each of the 4 pieces of grounds Cocom comes up with” — specified arsenic a broad-nosed aboriginal representation of the queen and a dubious “Moorish” ancestor 17 generations backmost successful her bloodline – “is frankly much laughable than the last,” Roberts said.

And the bogus fame Charlotte has gained arsenic a supposedly biracial relation exemplary has overwhelmed the adjacent much fascinating reality.

“It’s specified a bittersweet missed opportunity,” Roberts mused. “She truly had a hellhole of a story.”

The popularity of Queen Charlotte's color-blind casting successful  "Bridgerton" earned her a prequel amusement   of her own.In 1997, an online nonfiction claimed Charlotte had African heritage, inspiring the makers of fashionable Netflix amusement “Bridgerton” to formed a queen of color.Netflix

Born successful 1744 successful a tiny North German province, Princess Charlotte Sophia of Mecklenburg-Strelitz was lone 17 erstwhile George settled connected her arsenic his bride. The young king, past 23, had refused to wed portion his precocious and hated grandfather, King George II, was alive. In 1761, with his coronation looming, George needed a well-bred, decently Protestant queen – fast.

‘It’s specified a bittersweet missed opportunity. She truly had a hellhole of a story.’

historian Andrew Roberts connected the real-life Queen Charlotte

“Of the 8 disposable German princesses, Charlotte was virtually the past choice,” Roberts said. But aft George eliminated the different contenders – 1 for her “strong philosophical views,” 1 with an obnoxious mother, different for being “stubborn and ill-tempered” – “Charlotte got the call-up.”

Her parent died arsenic she was packing her trousseau, and the orphaned princess sailed to England alone. “Everybody was seasick connected the journey, but she’s learning however to play ‘God Save the King’ connected the harpsichord,” Roberts said.

Charlotte and George (here astatine  their coronation) met six hours earlier  they wed and she didn't talk  a lick of English.Charlotte and George (here astatine their coronation) met six hours earlier they wed and she didn’t talk a lick of English.Popperfoto via Getty Images

She made it to London connected her wedding time and archetypal laid eyes connected her husband-to-be six hours earlier the ceremony. In the chaos of her departure, the incorrect measurements had been sent to the royal dressmakers; Charlotte marched down the aisle successful a jewel-encrusted gown truthful ill-fitting that “the spectators knew arsenic overmuch of her precocious fractional arsenic the king himself,” writer Horace Walpole tittered.

Speaking not a connection of English, she said her vows successful German: “Ich will,” she promised.

“They spell to furniture together, 2 virgins who’ve lone conscionable met,” Roberts said, “and afterwards, autumn successful emotion with 1 another. She conscionable pulls it each off, brilliantly.”

George and Charlotte bonded implicit a passionateness for euphony — they loved attending concerts and playing duets unneurotic — and their keen involvement successful the sciences. He was fascinated by agriculture, penning farm-journal articles connected manure usage and harvest rotation; she adored botany, establishing elaborate gardens and tending exotic plants. He taught her English, though she ne'er mislaid her German accent.

Charlotte and George deed  it off, sharing a emotion  of euphony  and science. They had 15 children together.Charlotte and George deed it off, sharing a emotion of euphony and science. They had 15 children together.Heritage Images/Getty Images; De Agostini/Getty Images

“And they evidently deed it disconnected physically,” Roberts noted. Within a year, Charlotte gave commencement to lad George, the archetypal of their 15 children – and they happily shared a furniture for decades, shocking the court.

“That was considered by the aristocracy to beryllium a beauteous bourgeois happening to do,” Robinson said.

Alone among the men of the Hanoverian dynasty, George III ne'er strayed from his wife.

Even aft decades of marriage, lady-in-waiting Fanny Burney observed that the king “was each fondness and tactile affection” for Charlotte, “giving her predominant pecks connected the cheek.” When tribunal creator Sir Joshua Reynolds accompanied George connected a abbreviated trip, helium was struck by the sovereign’s ebullient instrumentality home: “He seized the Queen, whom helium had met astatine the door, circular the waist, and carried her successful his arms into the room,” Reynolds wrote.

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“It’s a due emotion match,” Roberts said. “And truthful it was each the much tragic erstwhile helium began to endure bouts of bipolar upset that made him abusive and violent.”

Modern aesculapian researchers person diagnosed George’s information arsenic recurrent manic-depressive psychosis. Today, helium would beryllium treated with lithium and different medications. But successful his day, “the King’s Malady” had nary remedy.

“By 1804, they were surviving separately,” Roberts said. Charlotte withdrew from nationalist life, and successful 1810 George descended into a satellite of delusion helium ne'er escaped. When she died of congestive bosom nonaccomplishment successful 1818, George was unaware. Pneumonia killed him 14 months later.

“It’s an antithetic and alternatively beauteous emotion story,” Roberts said.

“And I can’t assistance reasoning that the existent communicative is adjacent much bonzer than the fictional one.”