I discussed the new royal baby with the CBC News Network on Monday April 23. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now the parents of three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and the newborn prince. In the interview, I discuss the celebrations surrounding the birth, the impact on the royal succession and trends in royal baby name choices. Click here to watch the interview.
I recently discussed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Janet Davison at CBC News. Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“What’s interesting about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s relationship is that there have been milestones that often we do not see until after a royal engagement,” says Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian and author.
They’ve openly spoken about the relationship. Harry, 33, talks about Meghan, 36, as his girlfriend. She has talked about how she feels about him — in a cover story in Vanity Fair. In their first public appearance together, they showed up holding hands during the Invictus Games in Toronto in September.
“In many ways, in terms of their public image, they’re behaving as an engaged royal couple,” says Harris, whose book Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting, was published earlier this year.
I discussed Queen Elizabeth II with CBC News this past week in the context of her decision to observe the Remembrance Sunday ceremonies in London with Prince Philip while their son Charles, the Prince of Wales, laid the wreath that the Queen usually places herself.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“The Queen appears to view her position as a lifelong commitment to her people,” says Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal author and historian whose book Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting was released earlier this year.
“At the age of 21, she stated that she would devote her whole life whether it was long or short to the service of her people and she received a religious coronation ceremony in 1953 that emphasized this lifelong commitment.”
I discussed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Global News. The couple, who appeared in the public together for the first time this week at the Invictus Games in Toronto, are conducting their relationship on their own terms, breaking from longstanding traditions concerning royal courtships, engagements and marriages.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview:
“Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been so open about the fact that they are dating, and have spoken about their relationship in this way,” noted Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian and author of Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting. “(They) are conducting this relationship on their own terms.”
My latest article on the Dundurn Press blog is all about my recent Nova Scotia book tour. I discuss my readings, signings and lectures at the Box of Delights bookshop in Wolfville, the University of King’s College in Halifax and the Halifax Word on the Street Festival. The article includes a few of my photos from my travels in Nova Scotia!
I discussed Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with Nicole Ireland at CBC News. In a break from royal tradition, Markle spoken openly about her relationship with Harry in an interview with Vanity Fair magazine.
I explained how Markle’s interview represents a break from royal tradition. Here’s an excerpt from my conversation with CBC News:
A public statement of any kind about romantic relationships is a departure from royal tradition, said Harris, who wrote Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting.
“In the past, the palace has not confirmed who members of the royal family are dating, only engagements,” she said.
Click here to read “Meghan Markle publicly confirms she and Prince Harry are ‘in love'” at CBC.ca
I discussed Diana, Princess of Wales with Janet Davidson at the CBC, leading up to the 20th anniversary of Diana’s death on August 31, 1997. Here’s an excerpt from the interview.
“Anniversaries of historical events often offer an opportunity to look back and reflect on them, says Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian and author of the recently published Raising Royalty: 1,000 Years of Royal Parenting.
But Harris sees more in play here.
“It’s not simply a matter of looking back at how things were 20 years ago but that we’re seeing new perspectives on Diana’s passing, particularly the views of her sons.”
September 14, 7pm: I will be giving a reading from my new book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting at The Box of Delight’s Bookshop in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Book signing to follow. More information available here.
September 15, 2:30pm: I will be giving a lecture about my 2nd book, Queenship and Revolution in Early Modern Europe: Henrietta Maria and Marie Antoinette for the Early Modern Studies Program at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Signed copies of all three of my books will be available for purchase. Click here for more information.
September 16, 12pm: I will be participating in the Word on Street Halifax festival, giving a presentation about my 3rd book, Raising Royalty: 1000 Years of Royal Parenting at the Halifax Central Library. Book signing to follow. The full schedule for the festival is available here.
Here’s an except of the review:
“The difficulty of raising children in such an unusual role in life is quite an interesting subject, and Carolyn Harris has even managed to build bridges between the different people to make it a flowing story. I would highly recommend this book.”