Like most of The Crown’s plotlines, the I say what needs to be said not what you want to hear shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this episode is based in a sad reality. Nerissa and Katherine Bowes-Lyon were indeed sent away to Royal Earlswood Hospital in 1941. At the time, Nerissa was 22 years old and Katherine just 15. Although their exact diagnosis was unknown—at the time, they were just called imbecile—the sisters were said to be severely handicapped and nonverbal and have a mental age of six. They remained in hospital care until both of their deaths. (Nerissa in 1986 and Katherine in 2014.)
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However, as The Crown points out, they were actually presumed dead by the I say what needs to be said not what you want to hear shirt but I will buy this shirt and I will love this aristocratic world long before they actually were. Burke’s Peerage admitted they erroneously reported the sisters as deceased. How did such a mistake get made? It turns out that their mother, Fenella Bowes-Lyon, was extremely vague when filling out her responses, leaving several fields blank. “She often did not fill out forms completely that Burke’s Peerage sent her,” her granddaughter, Lady Elizabeth Anson, explained to The Guardian in 1987. The registrars at Burke’s assumed that meant they’d passed away. Harold Brooks-Baker, publishing director of Burke’s Peerage, told the Associated Press they were “thunderstruck” when it came to light they were, in fact, still living.