You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your (Royal) family! In two brand new episodes of our exclusive talk show, The Royal View, the focus is on conflict within the House of Windsor – from Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret to Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
In Windsors at War and From “I Do” to “We’re Through”, host Tim Vincent delves into the history of three Royal generations to explore sibling rivalries and marital ups and downs. Joining him are a selection of guests with unparalleled insider knowledge – including Princess Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe, the Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, and Prince Philip’s friend Gyles Brandreth.
We’ve chosen our favourite moments from the documentaries to give you a sense of what to expect…
A tale of an heir and a spare
In Windsors at War, our guests discuss how Princes William and Harry share a bond most of us could never understand – not only did they lose their mother at a young age, but they grew up dodging cameras as two of the world’s most famous young men. This shared experience doesn’t mean they never argue though. Ken Wharfe remembers a time when he was driving with the boys and their mother and William told Harry to shut up, whereupon Harry replied: “I won’t be the king, you will be, so I can do what I want,” much to the dismay of their mother. How are the two brothers getting on now they’re all grown up? Watch The Royal View on True Royalty TV to find out more.
Tensions in the House of Windsor
Prince Charles caused some drama at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee when he arranged a Royal Family photo… with only five members of his family. The Prince of Wales wants to ‘slim down’ the monarchy, with the more ‘junior’ members – his siblings and their children – taking less prominent roles in the public eye. While this is already effectively the case – no one can argue that the press writes more about William and Harry than they do Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice – it appears Prince Charles actively excluded his brothers Andrew and Edward, sister Anne and Andrew’s daughters from the photography shoot, which deeply upset Andrew. What other tensions are bubbling inside the castle walls? Find out in The Windsors at War exclusively on True Royalty TV.
Royal weddings: real life fairytale?
Why are we so captivated by Royal weddings? In 1947, Queen Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip was, in Winston Churchill’s words, “a splash of colour on the hard road we have to travel.” Yet ten years later, there were rumours that there were marital troubles in the House of Windsor. In 1981, Lady Diana’s wedding was as close to a real-life fairy tale as we could imagine – but it didn’t come with a happy ending. Have we become disillusioned with the idea of a fairy-tale Royal marriage, or will the next generation restore our faith in happily-ever-after endings?
Representing a generation
In From “I Do” to “We’re Through” our guests explore how each generation of monarchy reflects our changing society. In 1937, The King of England had to abdicate amidst great public outrage in order to marry an American divorcee – yet in 2018 Prince Harry’s marriage was celebrated throughout the nation. The way each generation chooses to live reflects how far society has come – and highlights the extent to which the Royal Family is capable of change. What else has changed over the years? Find out in The Royal View, exclusively on True Royalty TV.