CBC News Interview: Diana’s legacy: Why it still resonates 25 years after her death

I discussed the legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales on the 25th anniversary of her death with Janet Davison at CBC News. I also discussed the new home of William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their plans for the education of their children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Click here to read “Diana’s legacy: Why it still resonates 25 years after her death” in The Royal Fascinator newsletter at CBC News.

TIME Magazine Interview: 25 Years After Princess Diana’s Death, She’s Still Shaping the Royal Family

In an interview with Olivia Waxman at TIME Magazine, I discussed the legacy of Diana, Princess of Wales, her influence over her sons Prince William and Prince Harry and how she is remembered 25 years after her death.

Click here to read “25 Years After Princess Diana’s Death, She’s Still Shaping the Royal Family” in TIME Magazine

Toronto Star Profile: On the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, royals watcher Carolyn Harris traces her and our fascination with bluebloods

In a feature article by Shinan Govani in the Toronto Star, I discussed the 25th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, royal tours past and present and my own interest in royal history.

Click here to read “On the 25th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, royals watcher Carolyn Harris traces her and our fascination with bluebloods” in the Toronto Star

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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People Magazine Interview: Inside The Secret Life of Royal Nannies

I discussed royal nannies during the lifetime of Queen Elizabeth II with Philip Boucher at People Magazine, including their roles and responsibilities in the royal household and how they are recommended to royal parents.

Click here to read The Secret Life of Royal Nannies in People Magazine

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