Introducing ‘The Royal Box’, Yahoo UK’s brand new show on all things royal.
Join Kate Thornton as she speaks to Britain’s royal experts, psychologists and etiquette experts to uncover exactly what the royals and their children get up to, the sartorial slip-ups they’ve made and how they’re changing the face of the monarchy.
Catch up on everything you’ve missed below and watch each new episode every other Friday.
Episode 15: Meghan Markle’s banana messages and Camilla’s popularity
Kate Thornton speaks to royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, historian Kate Williams and PR expert Nick Ede about the backlash against Meghan Markle in the media and why her inspirational banana messages for sex workers divided opinion.
It’s also been 20 years since Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles made their official public debut as a couple. The experts discuss why there isn’t more interest in the Duchess of Cornwall and why there’s such a big debate about her future title.
Episode 14: Biographer and former royal editor of ‘The Sun’ Duncan Larcombe
Duncan Larcombe, who broke the story about Harry dressing up as a Nazi, lifts the lid on what it was like covering a young Prince Harry and looks back on his rebellious years.
Larcombe also speaks about Meghan Markle’s impact and why her “tacky” family should be managed.
Also in the episode, Kate speaks to PR expert Nick Ede and royal journalist Victoria Murphy about what 2019 holds for Meghan, while body language expert Judi James analyses the royal family’s nervous tics and relationships.
Episode 13: Former palace party planner
Former royal party planner and etiquette expert Alexandra Messervy busts popular Royal Family myths and outlines every detail of the Christmas celebrations at Sandringham.
Episode 12: Award-winning ‘True Royalty TV’ producer Nick Bullen, part two
Award-winning filmmaker Nick Bullen, of True Royalty TV, tells Kate Thornton why the Queen is the ultimate working woman and why she’ll never step down from the throne.
Episode 11: Award-winning producer ‘True Royalty TV’ Nick Bullen, part one
Nick Bullen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of TrueRoyalty.tv, who has had unprecedented access to the royal family over the years. He talks to The Royal Box about what the royals are like behind-the-scenes and Meghan Markle’s impact. Also in the episode, Kate Thornton discusses what kind of king Prince Charles will be and his public perception with royal author Robert Jobson, royal editor Chrissie Reeves and PR expert Nick Ede. Plus, is the Meghan and Harry effect beginning to wane?
Episode 10: CEO of the Diana Award Tessy Ojo
Tessy Ojo is CEO of The Diana Award, which helps to develop and inspire change in the future of young people. She tells The Royal Box about how William and Harry are continuing their late mother’s legacy and what she thinks Diana would be doing if she were were alive today. Elsewhere, royal expert Victoria Murphy, historian Ted Powell and PR guru Nick Ede discuss Meghan and Harry’s baby news, their royal tour of Australia and look back at past royal tour slip-ups.
Episode 9: Princess Eugenie’s wedding
Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz, PR guru Nick Ede, fashion expert Darren Kennedy, and royal biographer Duncan Larcombe join Kate Thornton on The Royal Box sofa to provide insight and commentary about the most talked-about moments from the wedding.
Episode 8: Royal photographer Arthur Edwards
Royal photographer Arthur Edwards has captured the Windsors on camera for over 40 years – and counts Prince Charles as a friend. The Sun’s photographer reveals how Harry’s changed since becoming a husband – and a Duke – and what life behind the lens, capturing Britain’s most famous family, is really like. Also in the episode, Yahoo UK’s royal correspondent Danielle Stacey discusses Meghan’s first solo venture with PR guru Nick Ede and etiquette expert Liz Brewer. The trio also give their thoughts on the return of Doria and discuss the ups and downs of royal relationships.
Episode 7: Princess Diana’s former personal trainer Jenni Rivett
Jenni Rivett explains how the late princess really felt about her divorce with Charles, her struggles with press invasion and bulimia. Also in the episode, royal correspondent Victoria Murphy and biographer Duncan Larcombe discuss the pressures on Meghan Markle as she becomes more and more intwined in royal life. Plus writer Louise Heren, who co-wrote a book about Norland nannies (and had one of her own) discusses the role the Cambridge nanny Maria Borrallo plays.
Episode 6: Princess Diana’s former bodyguard Ken Wharfe
As well as Princess Diana, Wharfe also oversaw William and Harry’s protection during the 80s. Wharfe discusses Diana’s ongoing desire for normality and the royal family’s “hatred” of the press. Elsewhere, royal correspondent Richard Palmer and journalist and royal biographer Claudia Joseph discuss the palace’s handling of the latest Thomas Markle interview and what kind of Queen the Duchess of Cambridge will one day be.
Episode 5: Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell
Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell, who worked alongside the late Princess of Wales from 1987 until her death in 1997, gives his view on the palace’s handling of the Markles and explains why he thinks Charles should abdicate. Also, royal correspondent Camilla Tominey and historian Prof. Kate Williams explain why Buckingham Palace is falling out of favour and Kensington Palace is the new royal HQ.
Episode 4: Former Royal Marine and friend of Prince Harry, Ben McBean
Royal historian Victoria Howard and etiquette expert Liz Brewer discuss how lonely royal life can be and dissect the growing celebrity circles the younger royals mix in. Kate also talks to double amputee and former Royal Marine Ben McBean, who shared his return flight home from Afghanistan with Prince Harry and has maintained a relationship with the royal ever since. Mr McBean discusses how Prince Harry’ has helped veterans since leaving the Army.
Episode 3: Princess Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton
Author Andrew Morton talks about the repercussions of his Princess Diana biography, ‘Diana: Her True Story’ and how Meghan is fitting into the royal family. Also on the sofa is PR guru Nick Ede, royal historian Prof. Kate Williams and psychologist Emma Kenny who give some insight on what it’s like growing up in the royal family with the whole world watching.
Episode 2: Former palace press secretary Dickie Arbiter
The Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter addresses Thomas Markle’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ interview and breaks down how he would have handled the situation differently. Plus, how Prince Harry wants to give his children the family he never had. Also on the sofa is royal biographer and Majesty magazine editor Ingrid Seward who debunks some royal myths and stylist Grace Woodward, who chronicles Meghan’s style transformation – and where she’s going wrong.
Episode 1: Princes Charles’ former butler Grant Harrold
Prince Charles’ former butler Grant Harrold discusses what life is really like behind the palace doors; from Prince Harry and Prince William’s relationship with Camilla to how the Duchess of Sussex is adjusting to royal life – and making the monarchy bulletproof for the future. Also on the sofa is HuffPost’s Ash Percival and Yahoo UK’s Alison Coldridge, who decode the public’s perception on the rather conservative outfit Meghan Markle picked out for her first official royal engagement.