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.
I discussed virtual royal engagements during the COVID-19 pandemic with Janet Davison at CBC News. As traditional royal walkabouts are not possible during the pandemic, members of the royal family are connecting with the public virtually, finding innovative methods to engage with people while maintaining a physical distance.
I discussed recent royal events and tours with Janet Davison at CBC News including the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s last few public engagements as senior members of the royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit to Ireland and the upcoming Spring tour of Cyrus, Bosnia and Jordan by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall.
I discussed the future of the royal family after the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure for Canada with Waverly Neufeld at Huffington Post Canada. Since Harry and Meghan have decided to step back from royal duties, other members of the royal family will need to assume additional duties or the overall level of public engagements will decrease.
I discussed the role of the Duchess of Cambridge with Janet Davison at CBC News. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“For Kate, it’s been a “complicated transition,” said Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal author and historian.
Kate came to public prominence once it was known she was dating William. She took part in a television interview at the time of their engagement, but didn’t make a public speech until 2012. In many ways, it seemed she was being eased into royal duties more slowly than previous generations.
For William’s mother, Diana, three decades earlier, “it was a very fast transition into royal life,” said Harris.”
My recent interview with Lisa Ryan for The Cut, New York Magazine, examines the history of royal reporting including how the royal family has shaped its own image over the centuries from the reign of King George III to the present day.
Here an excerpt from the interview:
“This isn’t a new game; reporting on royal gossip has been happening for a while, though it’s certainly evolved under different monarchs’ reigns. “It’s varied over time, as there’s a balance between maintaining the mystique of the monarchy and ensuring members of the royal family have a private life to some degree, but also responding to a very strong public interest in royalty and life behind palace doors that has existed for centuries,” royal historian Carolyn Harris, the author of Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting, told the Cut.”
Here is an excerpt from the interview:
“In the 19th century, when foreign royalty was marrying into the Royal Family, sometimes political differences complicated personal relationships,” said Harris. Queen Victoria found herself banning dinner conversation about a conflict between Denmark and Germany because of personal tensions amid family members.
And then there’s the conflict that erupted with the arrival of Wallis Simpson, the twice-divorced American who was at the root of Edward VIII’s abdication from the throne in 1936.”
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.”
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
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.