CBC Power and Politics Interview: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to ‘step back’ from senior royal duties

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.

Click here to watch Prince Harry, Meghan Markle to ‘step back’ from senior royal duties at CBC Power and Politics

I also discussed the popular reaction to Harry and Meghan’s decision with Janet Davison at CBC News.

Click here to read “Harry and Meghan: Palace anger, ‘betrayal’ and no precedent for what happens next.”

Recent Interviews Concerning Harry and Meghan in The Times, Time Magazine, Global News and Other Publications

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)

January 11, 2020 Meghan’s hasty return to Canada raises speculation of semi‑exile with Harry (The Times)

January 9, 2020 Harry and Meghan: America entranced by latest royal plot twist (The Times)

January 9, 2020 What happens now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want better work-life balance (CNBC)

January 9, 2020 ‘This Is Something New.’ Here’s How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Surprising ‘Step Back’ Fits Into Royals History (Time Magazine)

January 9, 2020 What’s next for the monarchy after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘step back’ from royal duties (Global News)

January 9, 2020 A ‘big surprise’ and a lot of questions: Why Harry and Meghan’s new life is anything but clear (CBC News)

January 8, 2020 Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Change Royal Roles With Partial Move To North America (Huffington Post Canada)

My Globe and Mail Article: Long may it reign: Forget about Harry and Meghan, the monarchy always comes first

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.

Click here to read “Long may it reign: Forget about Harry and Meghan, the monarchy always comes first” in the Globe and Mail

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

Reader’s Digest Interview: 14 Things That Will Happen When Prince Charles Becomes King

I discussed the future of the monarchy with Tina Donvito at Reader’s Digest. Queen Elizabeth II will be 94 on April 21, 2020 and there is increased scrutiny of the Prince of Wales as he assumes a greater number of his mother’s public duties. There has not been a change of reign since the death of King George VI on 1952 and there is growing speculation concerning how Prince Charles will approach the role of monarch when Queen Elizabeth II’s reign comes to an end.

Click here to read 14 Things That Will Happen When Prince Charles Becomes King at Reader’s Digest

CBC News Interview: Could the Queen retire?

I discussed a variety of royal events, past and present with Janet Davison for the latest edition of the CBC News Royal Fascinator newsletter including Princess Anne’s presence at the recent NATO leaders reception at Buckingham Palace and Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna’s decision to immigrate to Canada after the Second World War.

Click here to read “Could The Queen Retire” at CBC News

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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Global News Interview: What was it like to have Queen Elizabeth II as a mom?

I discussed royal parenting during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II with Meghan Collie at Global News. The release of Season 3 of The Crown on Netflix has contributed to a revival of interest in the relationship between the Queen and her four children, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. The series speculates about the conversations and confrontations that took place within the royal family behind palace doors.

Click here to read “What was it like to have Queen Elizabeth II as a Mom” at Global News

For more about the history of royal parenting from medieval to modern times, read about the experiences of 20 sets of royal parents in my book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting