Global News Interview: Why Meghan Markle seems to be everywhere ahead of the royal wedding

Meghan Markle

I discussed Meghan Markle’s public visibility during the weeks leading up to the royal wedding. In contrast to Catherine Middleton or Lady Diana Spencer, Meghan Markle had a long career as an actress and therefore has confidence in the public eye from the time of her engagement. As an American, Meghan is also new to the United Kingdom and is spending most of her time with her fiance Prince Harry during their engagement rather than her own parents.

Click here to read Why Meghan Markle seems to be everywhere ahead of the royal wedding

 

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CBC News Interview: Will Meghan promise to ‘obey’ Harry?

In the latest edition of the CBC Royal Wedding Newsletter, I discussed the vows and music planned for the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“Meghan “has a strong interest in women’s equality, and that will influence her decision regarding the wording of the vows,” says Toronto-based royal historian and author Carolyn Harris, who figures Meghan will likely drop “obey” on May 19. If she does, she would match the choice of both Kate, when she married Harry’s brother Prince William seven years ago, and Harry and William’s mother Diana, when she married Prince Charles in 1981.”

Click here to read Will Meghan promise to ‘obey’ Harry? at CBC News

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Hello! Canada/Chatelaine Magazine Interview: Just How Many Royal Wedding Rules Are Meghan And Harry Actually Breaking?

Prince Harry

I discussed the preparations for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Mishal Cazmi, in an interview at the Fairmont Royal York hotel, which has been published online by Hello! Canada and Chatelaine Magazine. The interview includes the wedding cake, the guest list, the bride’s family and the venue.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

“To set the record straight about Megan and Harry’s break with tradition, we tapped royal historian Carolyn Harris, who is well-versed in all things related to the crown. We caught up with Harris in Toronto, where she helped curate the window displays honouring the most iconic royal moments in the history of the Fairmont Royal York (everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Charles has passed through the hotel’s grand hallways) to celebrate the biggest wedding of the year.”

Click here to read “Just How Many Royal Wedding Rules Are Meghan And Harry Actually Breaking? We asked royal historian Carolyn Harris to weigh in on traditions the soon-to-be-wed couple will honour and the ones they’ll flush straight down the loo.” in Chatelaine Magazine

Click here to read Which traditions are Prince Harry and Meghan actually breaking at their royal wedding? in Hello! Canada

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands attending the Tulip Festival in Ottawa in 2002

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Princess Margriet of the Netherlands and the unique relationship between Canada and the Netherlands.

“Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet Francisca of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, Princess of Lippe-Biesterfeld (born 19 January 1943 in Ottawa, ON) spent her early childhood in Canada during the Second World War. The annual Canadian Tulip Festival in Ottawa emerged from gifts of thousands of tulip bulbs from the Dutch royal family. Margriet continues to make regular visits to Canada, strengthening ties between Canada and the Netherlands.”

Click here to read my article about Princess Margriet of the Netherlands in the Canadian Encyclopedia

 

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CBC News Interview: All about the dress

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

I was interviewed by Janet Davison at CBC News for The Royal Fascinator newsletter concerning the history of royal wedding dresses including the voluminous dress and train worn by Lady Diana Spencer in 1981.

Click here to read “All About the Dress” at CBC News.

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CBC News Channel Interview: Prince William Will Be Prince Harry’s Best Man

Prince William, The Duke of Cambridge

The planning for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on May 19 continues with the announcement that Prince William will be his brother’s best man. Prince Harry was the best man at the wedding of Prince William to Catherine Middleton in 2011. I discussed royal wedding planning with the CBC News Network earlier this week.

Click here to watch “CBC News Network speaks with Royal Historian Carolyn Harris following the announcement that Prince William will be Prince Harry’s Best Man.”

 

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New Canadian Encyclopedia Article: Princess Patricia of Connaught

Princess Patricia

My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is a biography of Princess Patricia of Connaught.

Her Royal Highness Princess Victoria Patricia Helena Elizabeth of Connaught (born 17 March 1886 in London, United Kingdom; died 12 January 1974 in Windlesham, Surrey, United Kingdom). Patricia resided in Canada from 1911 to 1916 and acted as hostess for her father, the Duke of Connaught, during his term as governor general. She gave her name to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and became honorary colonel-in-chief in 1918. A talented artist inspired by Canadian landscapes, she exhibited her paintings in Canadian art exhibitions, and examples of her work remain part of Canadian collections.

Click here to read my article on Princess Patricia of Connaught in the Canadian Encyclopedia

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Global National Interview: Charles in charge: can Prince Charles unite the Commonwealth?

The Prince of Wales

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 21. The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting celebrated her decades of service to her role as Head of the Commonwealth and affirmed that Prince Charles, Prince of Wales will inherit this role at the end of the Queen’s reign. Although monarchs in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain have abdicated in recent years, the Queen views her position as monarch as a lifetime commitment and she will continue to reign with her children and grandchildren assuming a greater number of engagements and Commonwealth tours. I discussed the Queen’s reign with Global National.

Click here to watch Charles in charge: can Prince Charles unite the Commonwealth? on Global National for Friday April 20, 2018

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Global News Interview: Preparing for a Royal Wedding

Windsor Castle

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is one month away and the preparations include both centuries of royal tradition and new innovations introduced by the royal couple. I discussed the preparations for the royal wedding as well as the history of royal weddings at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle with Global News. Here is the interview:

 

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CBC News Interview: “This feels very modern’: How Meghan Markle could nudge the House of Windsor into the future

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (photo credit: Hello! Magazine)

Further details regarding the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were released today. The couple will be married at St. George’s chapel, Windsor Castle in mid-May. On the day the engagement was announced, I discussed Meghan Markle with Janet Davison at CBC News. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“One thing that Harry and Meghan have in common is their passion for humanitarian work,” said Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal author and historian.

Harry, 33, is involved in causes ranging from support for mental health to his Invictus Games for wounded, injured and sick soldiers and veterans. Markle has worked with World Vision and the United Nations. She has travelled to Rwanda and advocated for issues ranging from clean water to rights for women and girls.

“As a member of the Royal Family, her philanthropic work will expand and she will be in demand to become a patron of various charities,” said Harris. “She will fit very well into the Royal Family in terms of her passion for philanthropy.”

Click here to read ‘This feels very modern’: How Meghan Markle could nudge the House of Windsor into the future” at CBC News

I am also quoted in this National Post article “Why a grown prince asked his grandmother permission to get married and other burning Harry, Meghan questions”

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