Reader’s Digest Interview: In conversation with royal historian Carolyn Harris

I discussed a variety topics concerning the royal family including the royal wedding, popular attitudes toward the monarchy in Canada, and The Crown series on Netflix with Courtney Shea at Reader’s Digest Canada.

Click here to read “In Conversation with Royal Historian Carolyn Harris”

Illustration by Aimée Van Drimmelen

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Huffington Post Interview: How Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Wedding Differed From The Last Royal Nuptials

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after their wedding on April 29, 2011.

I compared the weddings of Prince William and Catherine Middleton (now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) in an interview with the Huffington Post, along with Marlene Koenig at Royal Musings Here is an excerpt from the interview:

“At the last royal wedding, things went a little more by the book, with Michael Francis Middleton walking his daughter, the soon-to-be Duchess of Cambridge, down the aisle to meet Prince William.

There is royal precedent for close relatives stepping in to handle escort duty. Queen Victoria, whose father died when she was an infant, was walked down the aisle by one of her uncles when she married Prince Albert, said Carolyn Harris, the author of Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette.”

Click here to read “How Meghan Markle And Prince Harry’s Wedding Differed From The Last Royal Nuptials” in the Huffington Post

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Today Interview: How will Meghan Markle’s life change after marrying Prince Harry?

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex

I discussed the future for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Eun Kim at Today.com including public engagements, the end of Meghan’s acting career and Commonwealth tours

Click here to read “How will Meghan Markle’s life change after marrying Prince Harry?”

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CBC News Interview: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Why it’s more than just a wedding

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Earlier in the week, I discussed the significance of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Janet Davison at CBC News, including the role of the marriage in the 21st century public image of the royal family and the history of popular responses to royal weddings, including Walter Bagehot’s 1867 work, The English Constitution.

Click here to read Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: Why it’s more than just a wedding at CBC News

 

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National Public Radio Interview: Getting Ready For The Royal Wedding

Prince Harry

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married today in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Prince Harry received the title His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex, Earl of Dumbarton and Baron Kilkeel. Harry and Meghan are now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

I discussed the historical and cultural context for the royal wedding on National Public radio earlier this week, along with Daisy Goodwin, the creator and primary writer of the Victoria series on PBS and Chioma Nnadi, the fashion and news director at Vogue.com Click here to listen to Getting Ready For The Royal Wedding on NPR’s On Point

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My BBC History Magazine article: The 8 most famous royal weddings in British history

Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales on their wedding day in 1981

In honour of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this weekend, my feature article in the BBC History Magazine is about the 8 most famous royal weddings in British history. I discuss what each bride wore on her wedding day, guest list complications, wedding cakes and the variety of popular responses to royal weddings over the centuries from Tudor times to today.

Click here to read The 8 Most Famous Royal Weddings in British History

 

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NBC News Interview: Popular Princes Harry and William overshadow Prince Charles

The Prince of Wales

I discussed the Prince of Wales with NBC News. With the wedding of  his younger son, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle just days away, the heir to the throne is overshadowed in media coverage of the royal family by his sons. As I mention in the article, Charles has always been viewed by the public within the context of his family, as the son of Queen Elizabeth II then the husband of Diana, Princess of Wales and, now, the father of Prince William and Prince Harry and the grandfather of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.

Click here to read “Popular Princes Harry and William overshadow Prince Charles” at NBC News

 

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E News Interview: Who Could Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle in Place of Her Father, According to a Royal Expert?

Meghan Markle

There have been conflicting reports this week concerning whether Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas Markle, will attend the royal wedding on Saturday May 19 and escort his daughter down the aisle to marry Prince Harry. The latest news indicates that he will be undergoing heart surgery later in the week and be unable to travel to the United Kingdom for the wedding.

I discussed the history of royal weddings with Lindsay Good at E News online. Although the most famous recent royal brides, Catherine Middleton and Lady Diana Spencer were accompanied by their respective fathers on their wedding days, there are numerous royal brides who have been escorted by other relatives including mothers, uncles, brothers and brothers-in-law. As a widow, Queen Victoria escorted at least two of her daughters, Helena and Beatrice, down the aisle when they married.

Click here to read Who Could Walk Meghan Markle Down the Aisle in Place of Her Father, According to a Royal Expert

 

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CBC News Interview: Pomp, pageantry and the PR spectacle of the royal wedding

George Hayter’s painting of the wedding of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert

I discussed royal wedding traditions and preparations with Janet Davison at the CBC News Channel for the latest edition of the CBC Royal Wedding newsletter, the The Royal Fascinator. Here is an excerpt from the interview:

Jump back to the 19th century, and you’ll see that royal weddings were riveting the public throughout Queen Victoria’s reign. She had nine children and they all married. She also lived long enough to attend the weddings of several grandchildren, says Toronto-based royal historian and author Carolyn Harris. After Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861, Victoria lived a relatively secluded life, says Harris, “so a royal wedding was a rare public opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Queen.”

Click here to read The Royal Fascinator: Pomp, pageantry and the PR spectacle of the royal wedding

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Wall Street Journal Interview: Why does Prince George relentlessly wear shorts?

Prince George of Cambridge

I discussed Prince George of Cambridge’s wardrobe with Jacob Gallagher at the Wall Street Journal. The eldest child of William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is always photographed wearing shorts, regardless of the season or where he travels with his parents. His shorts are part of a long British tradition of distinct clothing for young children.

Click here to read “Why does Prince George relentlessly wear shorts?” in “11 Burning Questions About Men’s Shorts, Answered” in the Wall Street Journal

 

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