The family firm falters part 2

As first published by Talking Humanities in February 2020. As the royal commentariat pore over the minutiae of the statement released by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex concerning their transatlantic future, the bigger question now is how does the House of Windsor move on from the Harry-Meghan episode and set a new course of travel inContinue reading “The family firm falters part 2”

The family firm falters part 1

As first published by Talking Humanities in February 2020. History is not repeating itself. Harry and Meghan are not Edward and Wallis. Prince Andrew’s transgressions are unlike those committed by other members of the royal family in the recent past. The slimmed down monarchy of 2020 looks different to the monarchy of 2010, let aloneContinue reading “The family firm falters part 1”

The family firm fights back

As first published by Talking Humanities in October 2019. Dr Edward Owens, author of ‘The Family Firm: Monarchy, Mass Media and British Public, 1932-53’, reflects on the current relationship between the British royal family and the press. Prince Harry has done something extraordinary. He has loudly and emotionally condemned some of Britain’s leading newspapers forContinue reading “The family firm fights back”

Modernising royal weddings: a historical perspective

As first published by OUPblog in May 2018. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding demonstrated on a spectacular scale that there is an enduring interest among sections of the press and public in royal love stories. Amidst all the pomp and circumstance, and alongside all the usual reports on street parties, flowers, presents, and theContinue reading “Modernising royal weddings: a historical perspective”