Queen Elizabeth II is undereducated and lacks curiosity about culture and her predecessors, a British historian charges in an interview with the Guardian. "I think she's got elements a bit like Goebbels in her attitude to culture," David Starkey says. "You remember: 'Every time I hear the word culture I reach for my revolver.'" Starkey, who winds up a 17-part TV series on the monarchy next week with a look at the Windsors, also calls Princess Diana hysterical and destructive but has kind words for Prince Charles.
Starkey complains that the queen seemed more interested in her drink than the art when he showed her around an exhibition, and notes that her references to history rarely predate her grandfather. “I suppose it's this absence of any kind of, to be blunt, serious education,” he says. Starkey suggests it may be time for the monarchy to divest itself of the Church of England.