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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New Quartz Article: The history of British royalty proves raising a kid is always a group effort

Princess Charlotte, the Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and the Duke of Cambridge in Victoria, British Columbia (Photo Credit: The Canadian Press)

My latest article in Quartz Magazine discussed the role of the extended family in royal parenting over the centuries.

“As I discuss in my new book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting, the upbringing of a royal child has always included a wide circle of people including grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, tutors, nannies and governesses. In fact, royal parenting has acquired a negative reputation over the centuries because of how often kings and queens delegated the daily routine of childrearing to their extended family and household. But there’s another way of looking at this tradition: Royal children have had a large support system during both good times and difficult times.”

Click here to read “The history of British royalty proves raising a kid is always a group effort” in Quartz Magazine

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

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CBC News Interview: ‘Protector of the Royal Family’: How Prince Philip helped modernize the monarchy

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on the Balcony of Buckingham Palace during the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

My latest CBC News interview discusses Prince Philip’s role in modernizing the monarchy including his support of the Queen’s decision to invite television cameras into Westminster Abbey for her 1953 coronation.

Click here to read ‘Protector of the Royal Family’: How Prince Philip helped modernize the monarchy at CBC News

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University of Toronto News Interview: Prince Philip rumours go viral

Prince Philip in 2008.

Before the announcement that Prince Philip would be retiring from public life at the end of the summer, there was widespread speculation on social media that Buckingham Palace would be announcing his death on the morning of May 4 as members of the royal household gathered for an “eleventh hour” meeting.

There were also more optimistic theories including the idea that forthcoming renovations to Buckingham Palace would prompt an announcement that the Queen and Prince Philip were moving to Windsor Castle or Balmoral for an extended period of time. In an interview with University of Toronto news, I discuss the timeless fascination with events behind palace doors and how the internet has accelerated the spread of royal rumors.

Buckingham Palace, London

Click here to read “Prince Philip rumours go viral: U of T expert talks about centuries of royal gossip” at UofT news

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