Here are links to some of my recent interviews concerning the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their announcement to step back from their roles as senior members of the royal family. More interviews to follow in the next week!
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2020
January 11, 2020 What would life be like in Canada (The Times)
January 11, 2020 Meghan’s hasty return to Canada raises speculation of semi‑exile with Harry (The Times)
January 9, 2020 Harry and Meghan: America entranced by latest royal plot twist (The Times)
January 9, 2020 What happens now that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want better work-life balance (CNBC)
January 9, 2020 ‘This Is Something New.’ Here’s How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Surprising ‘Step Back’ Fits Into Royals History (Time Magazine)
January 9, 2020 What’s next for the monarchy after Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘step back’ from royal duties (Global News)
January 9, 2020 A ‘big surprise’ and a lot of questions: Why Harry and Meghan’s new life is anything but clear (CBC News)
January 8, 2020 Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Change Royal Roles With Partial Move To North America (Huffington Post Canada)
My recent article in the Globe and Mail discusses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s decision to step back from their role, examples of royalty who have stepped away from a life of public engagements in the past, and the history of the monarchy as an enduring and evolving institution.
Click here to read “Long may it reign: Forget about Harry and Meghan, the monarchy always comes first” in the Globe and Mail
I discussed a variety of royal events, past and present with Janet Davison for the latest edition of the CBC News Royal Fascinator newsletter including Princess Anne’s presence at the recent NATO leaders reception at Buckingham Palace and Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna’s decision to immigrate to Canada after the Second World War.
Click here to read “Could The Queen Retire” at CBC News
I discussed Queen Victoria’s legacy in Canada with Janet Davison at CBC News. While Queen Victoria never visited Canada in person, all four of her sons and her daughter Princess Louise spent time in Canada and set precedents for future royal tours. Queen Victoria also exerted political and cultural influence over the development of 19th century Canada and her birthday remains a Canadian holiday to the present day.
Click here to read How Queen Victoria made her mark in Canada — without ever visiting in the CBC News The Royal Fascinator Newsletter
My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Lady Grey, viceregal consort of Canada from 1904 to 1911. The article also discusses Rudyard Kipling’s poem Our Lady of the Snows. Born Alice Holford, Lady Grey shared her family’s interest in landscape gardening and was the patron of a wide variety philanthropic organizations in Canada.
Click here to read my article about Lady Grey in the Canadian Encyclopedia
My latest article in The Canadian Encyclopedia is about Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey, Governor General of Canada from 1904 to 1911 (and the grandson of the British Prime Minister Earl Grey who reputedly received tea flavoured with oil of bergamot as a diplomatic gift, popularizing “Earl Grey” tea). As Governor General of Canada, the 4th Earl Grey established awards that honour Canadian arts, drama and sports. The Grey Cup is still presented to the winning team of the Canadian Football League championship.
Click here to read Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey in The Canadian Encyclopedia
I discussed the 50th anniversary of the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales with Janet Davison at CBC News.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“What stands out to me about the investiture is how it resembled a medieval ceremony,” said Toronto-based royal historian and author Carolyn Harris. “But in fact, the investiture ceremony for the Prince of Wales was a 20th century invention.”
It was considerably more elaborate than previous investitures, and the first such ceremony to be broadcast via the increasingly popular medium of television.
Click here to read “What Should A Prince of Wales Do?” in The Royal Fascinator Newsletter at CBC News
My latest article in the Canadian Encyclopedia is about Lady Lansdowne,
viceregal consort of Canada from 1883 to 1888 and Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Alexandra. Lady Lansdowne was an active and popular viceregal consort who became an accomplished figure skater during her time in Canada. Her eldest brother was an ancestor of Diana, Princess of Wales and Lady Lansdowne was therefore a great-great-great-great grand-aunt of Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, the newborn son of Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Click here to read my article about Lady Lansdowne in the Canadian Encyclopedia
My new article in the Historica Canada Canadian Encyclopedia is about
Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, politician and governor general of Canada from 1883 to 1888. Lansdowne was the first governor general to travel the entire length of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He also mediated a dispute with the United States concerning fishing rights. During his time in Canada, he enjoyed outdoor sports and social life, becoming the skip of the Rideau Hall curling team in the winter and salmon fishing on the Cascapedia river in the summer.
Click here to read The Marquess of Lansdowne, Governor General of Canada in the Canadian Encyclopedia.