Newly available evidence blows the lid on one of Britain's most controversial espionage operations: when our spies targeted and tailed our own royal family and even tapped their phone calls.

Spying on the Royals - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2017-04-02

Spying on the Royals - Royals (song) - Netflix

“Royals” is a song by New Zealand singer Lorde, from her debut extended play, The Love Club EP (2012). It was later included on her debut studio album, Pure Heroine (2013) and released through Universal Music. Lorde co-wrote the song with her producer Joel Little after the two were paired by her A&R representative Scott MacLachlan. “Royals” was described as an art pop and electropop song with elements of electronic and grime music and influences of alternative music, R&B and indie pop. Its lyrics detail the disapproval of the luxurious lifestyle of contemporary artists. Contemporary critics received “Royals” with widespread acclaim and praised its musical style, lyrics and Lorde's vocal delivery. Several sites ranked it as one of the best songs of the year, with Slant and Consequence of Sound placing it in the top spot of their respective lists. The single garnered success on charts internationally, reaching the number one spot for nine consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, and simultaneously broke several records. It also peaked atop the record charts in other markets, including Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. “Royals” sold 10 million units worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all-time. Joel Kefali directed the accompanying music video for “Royals” which premiered on Lorde's YouTube channel on 12 May 2013. It consists mostly of scenes of normal teenagers doing unexceptional things shot in slow motion. “Royals” won awards for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards as well as the APRA Silver Scroll Award. A live mashup with Disclosure and AlunaGeorge's song “White Noise” at the Brit Awards was released as a charity single in 2014. In the media, the song has been credited for inspiring some artists to adopt its minimalist sound, and has been called an anthem for the millennials.

Spying on the Royals - Synopsis - Netflix

The video begins with a shot of an undone bed, in monochrome colors as the instrumental from “Biting Down” (2013) plays in the background. The scene then fades to a camera moving away from a suburban neighborhood. A boy with a silver chain necklace is seen taking a shower. A television is then shown in static before the scene changes with the boy is in different shots, staring outside his bedroom window, laying down on a couch, eating breakfast and cutting his hair in a buzz cut style. The following scene shows the boy in an indoor swimming complex. He then appears in a living room with boxing gloves as he trains with another person. He then stares at a mirror and pulls down his bloody lip from the injuries he sustained from boxing. The video continues with different locations around the city. Lorde is then shown singing part of the song's lyrics. The scene then transitions back to the boy, waiting on a bus stop with other friends. He is shown laying his head next the bus window, in a mundane expression. The video ends with the camera moving towards the suburban neighborhood from the start of the video. In the outro, a shot of the boy arriving at a tennis court at night is shown with the instrumental from “Tennis Court” (2013) playing in the background.

Spying on the Royals - References - Netflix