I discussed virtual royal engagements during the COVID-19 pandemic with Janet Davison at CBC News. As traditional royal walkabouts are not possible during the pandemic, members of the royal family are connecting with the public virtually, finding innovative methods to engage with people while maintaining a physical distance.
I discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to move from Canada to California with Janet Davison at CBC News.
I discussed the future of the royal family and Commonwealth with Janet Davison at CBC News. The departure of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex from public engagements as senior members of the royal family will result in fewer Commonwealth tours in future years, which may impact the relationship between the royal family and Commonwealth.
I discussed recent royal events and tours with Janet Davison at CBC News including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s last few public engagements as senior members of the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Ireland and the upcoming Spring tour of Cyrus, Bosnia and Jordan by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
I discussed the future of the monarchy in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth and the impact of Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepping back from royal duties with Michelle Ruiz at Vanity Fair.
I discussed the future of the royal family after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure for Canada with Waverly Neufeld at Huffington Post Canada. Since Harry and Meghan have decided to step back from royal duties, other members of the royal family will need to assume additional duties or the overall level of public engagements will decrease.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“In the last few decades, members of the British Royal Family have phased out some customs and traditions that no longer meshed with the image the family wants to portray, or simply wouldn’t be seen as acceptable anymore, said Carolyn Harris, a royal historian and author based in Toronto.
Social and political factors that have shifted the world since Queen Elizabeth II took the throne have also changed the practices the family engages with, said Harris.
“The Queen’s reigned over a period of tremendous political, social and cultural change, and that has an impact on her family,” she said.”
I discussed the continuing uncertainty regarding Harry and Meghan’s future public role in an interview with Janet Davison at CBC News. The interview included the history and nuances of royal titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will continue to have the titles of His and Her Royal Highness but will not use these titles going forward as they step back from their duties as senior members of the royal family.
My new article in the Globe and Mail, “What it takes for British royalty to truly become Canadian” compares Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex to Queen Victoria’s daughter Princess Louise and son-in-law Lord Lorne, the first royal couple to visit Canada. Even in the nineteenth century, royalty faced different expectations in Canada than they did in the United Kingdom and Louise and Lorne adapted well to Canadian life during Lorne’s five year term as Governor General.
I discussed Harry and Meghan’s decision to step back from their duties as senior members of the royal family and spend part of the year in North America in an extended interview with Michael Talbot at City News Toronto. Questions included the royal couples titles, financial arrangements, security and continuing place in the line of succession.