Winter 2022 Online Course: Behind the Crown: The Monarchy from Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II

My new eight week online course at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies starts Wednesday January 12, 2022. Click here for more information and to register.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

The year 2022 marks Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, the 70th anniversary of her accession to the throne. It’s an opportunity to look back on the social, political and cultural changes during her long reign.  The personal lives of royalty are a popular subject for fiction in novels, films and TV series but the real history is more interesting. Each generation of royalty must respond to the challenges of their times to keep the monarchy relevant and engaged with public opinion. Join Carolyn Harris, historian, commentator and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting for a lively discussion of the history, politics and cultural significance of the monarchy in the UK and Canada.

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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 Reader’s Digest Article: The 10 Most Controversial Royal Memoirs Ever Published

Prince Harry won’t be the first royal family member to rock the boat with a tell-all autobiography. Here are 10 royal memoirs that changed the way we think about these famous families—and history itself.

Click here to read The 10 Most Controversial Royal Memoirs Ever Published in Reader’s Digest

CBC News Interview: What’s in a royal baby name?

I discussed the arrival of Lilibet Diana, daughter of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and the history of royal baby names with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read “What’s in a royal baby name?” at CBC News

For more about the history of royal parenting, see my book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting

USA Today Interview: Can The Monarchy Survive Harry and Meghan

I discussed royal history with Maria Puente from USA Today including royal scandals of the House of Hanover in the 18th century and how the royal family has reinvented its public image in past centuries.

Click here to read “Can the Monarchy Survive Harry and Meghan?” in USA Today

Globe and Mail Interview: So you want to break free of the Royal Family?

I discussed the monarchy in Canada with John Ibbitson at The Globe and Mail including constitutional monarchy as a system of government and the reputations of individual members of the royal family.

Click here to read “So you want to break free of the Royal Family?” at The Globe and Mail

Toronto Star Interview: Canadians have long been split on the monarchy. Public sentiment may be starting to change

I discussed the history of Canada and the monarchy with Alex McKeen at the Toronto Star including the political significance of the 1939 Royal Tour of Canada by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the relationship between news about the royal family and broader social issues, and changing Canadian attitudes regarding the place of the monarchy in Canada in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Click here to read “Canadians have long been split on the monarchy. Public sentiment may be starting to change” in the Toronto Star.

Earlier this week, I discussed Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview on Alberta at Noon with Judy Aldous on CBC Radio. Click here to listen to “Canada and the Monarchy” on Alberta at Noon.

Forbes Interview: Inside ‘The Firm’: How The Royal Family’s $28 Billion Money Machine Really Works

I discussed royal finances with Ariel Shapiro and Deniz Cam at Forbes Magazine.

Click here to read “Inside ‘The Firm’: How The Royal Family’s $28 Billion Money Machine Really Works” in Forbes Magazine

I also discussed responses to Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview in Canada and the relationship between the monarchy and Commonwealth with Charlie Mitchell in The Times

Click here to read “Calls in former colonies to drop Queen as head of state after Harry and Meghan interview” in The Times