Royal Family

"The Crown" and The Role of Modern Monarchy

Jan 14, 2020
Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks

What is the role of modern monarchy? With the third season of "The Crown" on Netflix, we continue to be fascinated by the royal family. The announcement last week by Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, that they intended to step back from official royal duties and move to North America, overshadowed even the British parliament vote on Brexit. Is this the beginning of the end of the monarchy? We look at the role of today's royals through the lens of the popular Netflix series "The Crown."

Air date: Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

The Enduring Appeal of "Downton Abbey"

Sep 24, 2019
Courtesy of PBS

Downton Abbey, the wildly popular PBS television series, is now on the big screen.  We talk with a UNH historian about how accurately the series depicts life in that era and how it reflects the role of women in a time when being a servant was the largest occupation for women.  We consider the appeal of British royalty and why this latter-day "Upstairs/Downstairs" continues to attract such a loyal following.

Air Date: September 25, 2019

Princesses Behaving Badly

Dec 12, 2013

As long as there have been stories of princesses, there have been little girls to love them. The Disney princess phenomenon seeds young imaginations with shiny pink costumes, and gossip magazines continue the fantasy with pages devoted to Kate Middleton, and before her, Princesses Grace and Diana – the latter proving that becoming royalty is no guarantee of living happily ever after. Beyond these two dimensional characters are scores of real princesses  -- sometimes tragic, often extraordinary human beings who left scant record of their lives. Mental Floss columnist Linda Rodriguez McRobbie scoured through history for stories of women who fought, stole, schemed and survived, and pulls them together in her new book, Princesses Behaving Badly: Real Stories From History – Without The Fairy-Tale Endings.

Royals Having Babies In The Age Of the Internet

Jul 23, 2013

From the moment the Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to hospital yesterday in the early stages of labor, the whole world was watching.  Not literally of course – but if the Royal Family allowed cameras in the delivery room, you can probably bet we would have been.