Margaret Thatcher’s favorite child was a spoiled mama’s boy who could do no wrong, even as he repeatedly embarrassed her and reportedly tried to trade on her power as British prime minister to make his fortune.
Played by Freddie Fox in the fourth season of Netflix’s “The Crown,” which premiered last week, Mark Thatcher comes across as entitled and arrogant as he gets lost during the Paris-Dakar road rally in 1982. His real-life desert wanderings sparked a massive international manhunt and dented the Iron Lady’s steely facade. When her son disappeared, Margaret was seen crying in public for the first and only time during her nearly 11 years in office.
Margaret — who at the time of the desert disappearance had been in power nearly three years — admitted in interviews that “my heart stopped” when she realized that her son, then 28 and the “favorite” of her twin children, went missing when he and his teammates got lost