CBC News Interview: A ‘big surprise’ and a lot of questions: Why Harry and Meghan’s new life is anything but clear

I discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s announcement that they intend to step back from full time royal duties with Janet Davison at CBC News. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

“Harry and Meghan said they plan to “step back” as senior members of the Royal Family, work toward becoming financially independent and “balance” their time between the United Kingdom and North America.

Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal author and historian, found the timing of the announcement quite unexpected.

“It was a big surprise that this announcement was made,” she said.

“Harry and Meghan had returned from Canada, had visited Canada House, had visited one of Meghan’s charities and seemed to be returning to royal duties after a six-week pause, so it seemed like they had stepped back into public life, and then this announcement took place.” “

Click here to read “A ‘big surprise’ and a lot of questions: Why Harry and Meghan’s new life is anything but clear” at CBC News

I also discussed Harry and Meghan on CBC The National

Huffington Post Interview: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex Change Royal Roles With Partial Move To North America

I discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from the role of senior members of the royal family with Maija Kappler at Huffington Post Canada. The announcement makes clear that the royal couple intends to engage with the public on their own terms and focus on the causes most important to them. Harry and Meghan have also expressed a desire for financial independence in the future and it remains to be seen how their future careers will unfold in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada. I have discussed these developments with a number of media outlets and more interviews will be posted here in the next few days.

Click here to read “Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Change Royal Roles With Partial Move To North America” at the Huffington Post Canada

Upcoming Guest Lecture: Royal Weddings from Victoria and Albert to Harry and Meghan – December 16, Toronto Public Library

Mon Dec 16, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Toronto Public Library S. Walter Stewart Branch 170 Memorial Park Ave.

Royal weddings have been the focus of popular fascination for centuries. Queen Victoria popularized the white wedding dress and her descendants have also exerted a profound influence on how marriages are celebrated around the world. Join Carolyn Harris, author of ‘Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting,‘ for a lively history of royal weddings from Victorian times until today.

Drop in. No registration required.

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CBC News Interview: Could the Royal Family shrink?

I discussed the recent changes to the Royal House of Sweden with Janet Davison at CBC News. King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden’s decision to remove the titles of His or Her Royal Highness from five of his grandchildren are part of a wider trend of streamlining royal houses to include fewer people who receive public funds and perform official duties.

This trend is evident in the British and Commonwealth royal family as well. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, son of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, did not receive a title at the time of his birth, suggesting that he will eventually pursue his own career rather than undertake full time royal duties.

Click here to read “Could the Royal Family Shrink?” in the Royal Fascinator newsletter at CBC News.

New BBC History Magazine article: Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor: the history behind the royal baby name

I wrote a short history of the name Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor for the BBC History Magazine. I discussed the long history of the name Archibald or Archie among the Scottish nobility including an ancestor of the new royal baby, how Harrison mirrors Norse and Anglo-Saxon patronymics from before the Norman Conquest and the emergence of the surname Mountbatten-Windsor for junior members of the royal family from 1960 to the present.

Click here to read Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor: the history behind the royal baby name

New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Lady Lansdowne

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Lady Lansdowne,
viceregal consort of Canada from 1883 to 1888 and Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Alexandra. Lady Lansdowne was an active and popular viceregal consort who became an accomplished figure skater during her time in Canada. Her eldest brother was an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales and Lady Lansdowne was therefore a great-great-great-great grand-aunt of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn son of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Click here to read my article about Lady Lansdowne in the Canadian Encyclopedia

CBC News Interview: Archie has arrived

I discussed The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor with Janet Davison for the CBC royal newsletter, The Royal Fascinator. The interview includes the birth announcement, first photographs and the name that was announced today.

Click here to read “Archie has arrived: From the baby’s name to the big reveal, Meghan and Harry defy royal convention” in The Royal Fascinator at CBC News

CBC News Channel Interview: Royal Historian Talks About The Latest Addition to the Royal Family

I discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son in a series of interviews on the CBC News Channel and CBC Radio on the day of the royal baby’s arrival, May 6, 2019.

Click here to watch my afternoon CBC News Channel Interview, “Royal historian talks about the latest addition to the Royal Family” on the CBC News Channel

The Atlantic Interview: The New Royal Baby’s Historical Significance

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed a baby boy today. The newborn is 7th in line to the throne after his grandfather Prince Charles, uncle Prince William, cousins Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, and father Prince Harry. Just before the birth, I discussed the historical significance of the royal baby in an extended interview with Natalie Escobar at The Atlantic.

Click here to read The New Baby’s Historical Significance in The Atlantic

CBC News Interview: Are Meghan and Harry really going to Africa?

I discussed the history of speculation and rumours surrounding royal births from the seventeenth century to the present day with Janet Davison at CBC News. The article also discusses the reports that that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex may live abroad at some point in the future. The royal couple’s first child is expected to arrive in the next few days, prompting widespread conjecture concerning the young family’s eventual plans for travel within the Commonwealth.

Click here to read “Are Meghan and Harry really going to Africa?” in the CBC News The Royal Fascinator Newsletter