My new article in the BBC History Magazine examines the history of domestic service in the early 20th century, comparing the experiences of historical domestic servants to the fictionalized portrayal of domestic service in the television series Downton Abbey.
My new feature article in History Extra, the online BBC History Magazine is about the history of debutantes and social season from the first Queen Charlotte’s Ball in 1780 to the last presentation of debutantes to the royal family in 1958. In addition to the fashions, parties and traditions of the social season in the United Kingdom, I also discuss debutante traditions in Canada, the United States and Australia.
In a second article in the Huffington Post, I discussed the controversies surrounding the 1969 Royal Family documentary with Carly Ledbetter. The interview includes reasons why the Royal Family has kept the documentary out of the public eye in recent decades and how the program might be different if it was filmed today.
I discussed the controversial 1969 Royal Family documentary with Carly Ledbetter from Huffington Post, an early example of the royal family interacting with one another behind palace doors on camera for a public audience. The program has not been officially available to the public in its entirety since the 1970s but appeared online for a brief period in the past few weeks. The interview includes discussion about royal public engagements, portrayals of the royal children on film and the 1968 royal tour of South America.
I discussed The Crown series on Netflix with Susan Delacourt at the Toronto Star, focusing on the uneven coverage of Commonwealth history and the complete absence of Canadian royal tours from the series.
My new online article for Readers Digest Canada is about 10 Memorable Royal Tours of Canada from the past 100 Years. Although there have not been any Canadian royal tours portrayed in the Netflix series The Crown, the royal family has spent a lot of time in Canada over the past century.
I was interviewed about the controversies surrounding Season 4 of The Crown on Netflix on the radio by Greg Brady at Global News AM640 Toronto. We also discussed about royal use of social media, royal finances and attitudes toward the monarchy in Canada.
I discussed Season 4 of the Netflix series The Crown on CBC Ontario Morning including how the series fictionalizes historical events, the portrayals of historical figures such as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the influence of Shakespeare’s history plays on the structure of some of the episodes and the Canadian royal tours that took place in the 1980s but do not appear in the series.
Click here to listen to “Author and historian Carolyn Harris talks about the fourth season of the Netflix series ‘The Crown’ and how accurate the show is in its depiction of people and events.” at CBC Ontario Morning. (Interview begins around 9 minutes after the beginning of the segment).
I discussed Season 4 of The Crown series on Netflix with Robyn Bresnahan on CBC Ottawa Morning including the blend of fact and fiction in the drama, the Canadian tours that are not portrayed in the series, and major themes including the British class system and the experience of living as a member of the royal family in the shadow of the crown.