The recent news that Barbados intends to transition from a Commonwealth realm to a republic, removing the Queen as Head of State, has prompted debate concerning the future of the monarchy in other Commonwealth realms including Canada. In today’s TV interview with Lindsey Deluce on CTV’s Your Morning, I discussed the monarchy in Canada and the wider Commonwealth as well as royal finances.
I discussed the recent announcement that Barbados, one of sixteen Commonwealth realms where Queen Elizabeth II is Head of State, intends to transition from a constitutional monarchy to a republic in 2021, with Maija Kappler from the Huffington Post. We also discussed the monarchy in Canada and the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth.
I discussed Harry and Meghan’s Netflix deal, Camilla’s charity work and the history of royal philanthropy with Janet Davison at CBC News for this week’s Royal Fascinator newsletter.
I discussed Queen Elizabeth II and the history of the monarchy during times of plague and pandemic with Carly Ledbetter at the Huffington Post.
Click here to read When Will We See Queen Elizabeth Again? in the Huffington Post
My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is a short biography of King Edward VIII.
Edward toured Canada on several occasions and purchased a ranch in Alberta. He is best known for abdicating the crown and marrying American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Edward is mentioned in novels by several Canadian authors, including Robertson Davies, Lucy Maud Montgomery and Timothy Findley.
Click here to read my article about King Edward VIII in the Canadian Encyclopedia
I discussed the circumstances of Princess Beatrice’s wedding with Janet Davison at CBC News. Media commentary on the event has sometimes used the terms “private wedding” and “secret wedding” interchangeably. Princess Beatrice married in private ceremony following precedents set by previous private royal weddings including the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester in 1935 and Princess Alice and the Duke of Hesse-Darmstadt in 1862. I also discussed the Queen’s role as Head of the Commonwealth.
I discussed the relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry with Janet Davison at CBC News as well as past royal brothers, such as Edward VIII and George VI, and royal parenting in the public eye.
Click here to read Going their separate ways: Scrutiny grows on bond between William and Harry at CBC News
This weekend’s The Royal Fascinator newsletter includes the Duchess of Sussex’s address to students at Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, the 99th birthday of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and the 1959 royal tour of Canada. I discussed Prince Philip’s longevity with Janet Davison at CBC News
I discussed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the royal family and their public engagements with Meghan Collie at Global News. The interview includes Prince Charles’s experience of coronavirus, recent virtual royal engagements and the changes to the royal calendar in response to the pandemic.