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.
I discussed royal titles with Maija Kappler at the Huffington Post, clarifying that Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex will retain the titles of His and Her Royal Highness (HRH) but will not use these titles now that they have stepped back from their duties as senior members of the royal family. The interview includes some historical context concerning royal titles and possible changes concerning royal titles that may occur in the next reign.
I discussed the history of royal lawsuits with Meghan Collie at Global News. There have been legal disputes between the royal family and the press since the 19th century and the relationship between royalty and the media has been transformed over the course of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
I discussed the history of royalty residing in Canada and the questions that still remain for Harry and Meghan’s future role, in an interview with Janet Davison at CBC News.
Following the January 18 announcement from Buckingham Palace that Harry and Meghan will no longer use the titles of HRH and step back entirely from royal duties, I discussed possible security arrangements going forward with the Canadian Press.
Earlier this week, I discussed Queen Elizabeth II’s announcement that Harry and Meghan planned to spend time in both the United Kingdom and Canada and answered questions about what this period of transition would mean for the royal couple and the monarchy.
I discussed how Canadians have responded to Harry and Meghan’s plans to spend part of their time in Canada with CNN
I was also interviewed by CBC: The Current as one of a panel of three royal commentators to discuss how Harry and Meghan have been portrayed in the media and how they will be received in Canada.
My latest interview with Janet Davison at CBC News discusses how questions of money as well as popular opinion will shape Harry and Meghan’s experiences in Canada
I discussed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family with Vassy Kapelos at CBC Power and Politics, along with royal correspondent Katie Nicholl.
I also discussed the popular reaction to Harry and Meghan’s decision with Janet Davison at CBC News.
Here are links to some of my recent interviews concerning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their announcement to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. More interviews to follow in the next week!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2020
January 11, 2020 What would life be like in Canada (The Times)
My recent article in the Globe and Mail discusses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from their role, examples of royalty who have stepped away from a life of public engagements in the past, and the history of the monarchy as an enduring and evolving institution.
“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.” “