CBC News Interview: Barbados just got rid of the Queen — should Canada follow suit?

I discussed the future of the monarchy in Canada with Jackson Weaver at CBC News, comparing the differences between Barbados, which became a republic at the end of November following a parliamentary vote, and Canada, where changes to the office of the Queen would require the consent of all ten provinces.

Click here to read Barbados just got rid of the Queen — should Canada follow suit? at CBC News

Recent CTV Interview: Queen Cancels Appearance on Remembrance Sunday

I discussed the Queen’s absence from the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London in an interview with CTV News. Click here to watch the interview

I also discussed the legal proceedings concerning Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the press on CTV News. Click here to watch the segment.

New Book Review in H-Russia: Harris on Bushkovitch, ‘Succession to the Throne in Early Modern Russia: The Transfer of Power 1450-1725’

I reviewed the new book Succession to the Throne in Early Modern Russia: The Transfer of Power 1450-1725 by Paul Bushkovitch for H-Russia

Click here to read Harris on Bushkovitch, ‘Succession to the Throne in Early Modern Russia: The Transfer of Power 1450-1725’ at H-Russia

CBC News Interview: Contradictions, charisma and a well-known story: Why it’s so hard to become Diana on screen

I discussed the challenges faced by filmmakers and actresses portraying Diana in films dramatizing her life and legacy in an interview with Janet Davison for the CBC Royal Fascinator newsletter.

Click here to read “Contradictions, charisma and a well-known story: Why it’s so hard to become Diana on screen” at CBC News

Vulture Magazine Interview: Is Sally Hawkins’s Spencer Character Based on a Real Person?

I discussed Diana, Princess of Wales and her relationship with her household in an interview with Matthew Jacobs at Vulture Magazine, examining the historical circumstances that inspired the new Spencer movie.

Click here to read “Is Sally Hawkins’s Spencer Character Based on a Real Person?” in Vulture Magazine

New Reader’s Digest Article: 10 Portrayals of Princess Diana in Pop Culture—Ranked

The new film Spencer isn’t the first attempt to bring the story of Diana, Princess of Wales to the big screen. In my recent article for Reader’s Digest, I discuss how 10 other films, TV series, novels and plays portrayed “the People’s Princess”—with varying degrees of success. Traditional biopics are rare. Instead, writers often choose a particular theme or moment from Diana’s life or legacy – or create an alternate history imagining what might have happened to Diana if she had experienced different circumstances.

Click here to read my article, 10 Portrayals of Princess Diana in Pop Culture—Ranked in Reader’s Digest Canada

NBC News Interview: From ‘Spencer’ to ‘The Crown’: Why do we remain captivated by Princess Diana?

I discussed Diana’s legacy in popular culture with Daniel Arkin in NBC News including key themes from films and TV series about Diana and why her life and death has such resonance for screenwriters and audiences alike.

Click here to read From ‘Spencer’ to ‘The Crown’: Why do we remain captivated by Princess Diana? at NBC News

CBC News Interview: The Royals and the environment: What influence can they have?

I discussed royalty and the environment with Janet Davison at CBC News for this week’s edition of the Royal Fascinator Newsletter including efforts by members of the royal family to promote conservation, protect endangered species and raise awareness of climate change.

Click here to read The Royals and the environment: What influence can they have? at CBC News

Prince William has assumed a leadership role in conservation initiatives for nearly a decade. Here is an article I wrote in 2013: “Royalty and the Environment: A Natural Partnership

New Podcast Interview: “Marie Antoinette” on History Gems

In the latest episode of the History Gems podcast, I discussed Queen Marie Antoinette and the Affair of the Diamond Necklace with Dr. Nicola Tallis. Themes in the podcast episode including Marie Antoinette’s reputation, fashions and the impact of the Diamond Necklace scandal on perceptions of the monarchy prior to the French Revolution.

Click here to listen to the “Marie Antoinette” episode of History Gems

For more about Marie Antoinette, read my book, Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette (Queenship and Power series)