CBC News Interview: ‘Bit of a loose cannon’: Why Prince Harry’s musings on the monarchy may not be so surprising after all

Prince Harry at the official press launch of Walking with the Wounded in 2010.

I discussed Prince Harry’s recent remarks about the monarchy with Janet Davison at CBC News. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“Harry’s comments about how the Royal Family is “involved in modernizing the British monarchy” and how “we are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people” also conjured up memories of his grandfather.

“I think there are very striking similarities to Prince Philip’s comments in Canada in the 1960s about how monarchy exists for the people rather than for the monarch,” says Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian and author of the recently published Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting.”

Click here to read the full interview: “‘Bit of a loose cannon’: Why Prince Harry’s musings on the monarchy may not be so surprising after all” at CBC.ca

I also discussed Prince Harry with 610CKTB radio St. Catharines. Click here to listen to the interview.

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Maclean’s Interview: Canadians adore Queen Elizabeth. Her son? Not so much

The investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales at Caenarvon Castle in 1969

My recent interview in Maclean’s Magazine concerns how Queen Elizabeth II and her son Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, are perceived in Canada. Canadians turning 100 are eligible to receive birthday greetings from the monarch. As journalist Aaron Hutchins and I discussed, the current generation of Canadian centenarians would prefer to receive congratulations from the current Queen rather than her successor for a variety of reasons including the shared experience of the Second World War.

Click here to read “Canadians adore Queen Elizabeth. Her son? Not so much” in Maclean’s Magazine

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New Review of Raising Royalty in History of Royals Magazine

My 3rd book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, has received a full page review  in History of Royals Magazine in the UK.

“The book is a fascinating source of well researched information and a great addition to the shelves of royalists and historians alike. Trying to cram 1,000 years worth of knowledge into one book is no mean feat and Harris does it with flair, making the information easily digested.”

Click here to read the review of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting in History of Royals Magazine

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How Kings and Queens Raised Their Children – An Interview with Carolyn Harris

 My latest interview about my new book Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting examines how royal parenting gained a negative reputation, why the book examines royal parenting over the course of a thousand years and what the biggest difference is between royal parenting in medieval times and modern times.

Click here to read “How Kings and Queens Raised Their Children” at Medievalists.net

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10 Medieval Royal Parents Whose Decisions Influence the Lives of Royal Children Today

King Edward III, who reigned from 1327-1377. The descendants of his five sons fought against each other in the Wars of the Roses.

In my recent article for Medievalists.net, I discuss medieval royal parents who made decisions that continue to shape the lives of royal children today. From Edgar the Peaceable and Elfrida, who created a defined royal family in the public eye more than one thousand years ago to Henry III and Eleanor Provence who popularized Edward, Beatrice and Margaret as royal names to Edward III and Philippa of Hainault, whose son Edward, the Black Prince was the first heir to the throne to become Duke of Cornwall, aspects of medieval royal parenting continue to be influential for the royal family in the twenty-first century.

Click here to read “10 Medieval Royal Parents Whose Decisions Influence the Lives of Royal Children Today” at Medievalists.net

For more about royal parents through the centuries, pick up a copy of my new book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting

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Upcoming Book Signings in Brockville and Ottawa: June 21 and June 22

I will signing copies of my new book Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting in Brockville and Ottawa this June.

On June 21, there will be an afternoon tea&royal parenting talk followed by a book signing at Fulford Place museum in Brockville from 2-4pm. See the Brockville Recorder and Times for more information, including ticket prices.

On June 22, I will be signing books at Chapters Rideau in Ottawa from 12-2pm. More details are available here. All are welcome!

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The Queen’s Coronation on Camera

Coronation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. June 2, 1953

Today is the 64th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation on June 2, 1953. As I discuss in my latest article for the Dundurn Press blog, the decision to televise the ceremony was controversial at the time (a debate dramatized in the first season of the recent Netflix series, The Crown).

The Queen’s ultimate decision to invite the BBC into Westminster Abbey to televise the coronation allowed the Commonwealth to share in the event and made the television a household item. As I discuss in the article, the Queen continues to make use of new technologies to publicize royal events and philanthropy.

Click here to read “The Queen’s Coronation on Camera” at Dundurn Press

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CBC News Interview: ‘Times have changed’: Why Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle could fit right in with the Royal Family

Prince Harry at the Invictus Games in London, 2014

My latest conversation with CBC News about Prince Harry and his relationship with actress Meghan Markle.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“When Charles married again in 2005, it was to Camilla Parker Bowles, who had been involved with Charles for years and divorced from her first husband a decade earlier.

“That’s been widely seen as a softening of attitudes toward members of the Royal Family marrying divorcees,” says Harris.

Other royal families in Europe are “even more relaxed about the whole question of who’s a suitable spouse for royalty,” says Harris, noting, for example, that Crown Prince Haakon of Norway married a single mother.

Harris, whose book Raising Royalty: 1,000 years of Royal Parenting was just released, sees whomever Harry marries as being part of a streamlined Royal Family, a move that was signalled particularly in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.”

Click here to read “‘Times have changed’: Why Prince Harry’s girlfriend Meghan Markle could fit right in with the Royal Family” at CBC.ca

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New Smithsonian Article: Medieval Mothers Had to Marry and Murder to Get Their Way

A 19th century illustration imagining Queen Elfrida welcoming her stepson King Edward the Martyr to her home, moments before his murder by one of her henchmen.

My Mother’s Day article in Smithsonian Magazine discusses the medieval English royal mothers who feature in the first few chapters of my book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, including Elfrida, Emma of Normandy, Matilda of Flanders and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Elfrida and Emma dealt with their children’s rivals in very different ways: Elfrida may have arranged the murder of her stepson while Emma married an invading Viking king who claimed her son’s throne. Matilda and Eleanor, the queens to William and the Conqueror and Henry II respectively, intervened in warfare between their husbands and sons.

Click here to read “Medieval Mothers Had to Marry and Murder to Get Their Way” in Smithsonian Magazine

 Click here to purchase my book Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting

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National Post review of Raising Royalty: “Murder your children’s rivals, and other parenting tips from royals”

19th century portrait of Peter the Great interrogating his son, Alexei

My new book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, is featured in the weekend National Post including quotes from the chapters about Peter the Great, Queen Victoria and Henry VIII.

“[The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge] want Princess Charlotte and Prince George to go to the local school. They want to be hands-on parents. On the day George left the hospital, William wrestled with the lad’s car seat, a performance reenacted daily by new dads the world over. The message they hoped you’d glean from it? Will and Kate are just like you and me.

In her new book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, Canadian historian Carolyn Harris reveals there may be other parenting tips to be gleaned from royal watching. With Harris as inspiration, we offer six tips from moms and dads who also happened to be monarchs.”

Click here to read “Murder your children’s rivals, and other parenting tips from royals” in the National Post

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