Lord Mountbatten, Prince Phillip, and the Battenberg Legacy

A morganatic family’s rise to great heights

The Netflix Original The Crown features the relationship between Lord Mountbatten, his nephew, Prince Philip, and his great-nephew, Prince Charles. However, the show does not provide viewers much background on how this minor German prince cum British earl was able to wield such influence over the current British Royal family. The story of the Mountbattens begins with their origins as the Battenbergs.