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 30: Life at Balmoral and what it’s really like to be on a royal tour
The Queen traditionally retreats to Balmoral every summer - but why do the royals love the Scottish estate so much? Host Kate Thornton is joined by royal commentator Omid Scobie, The Sun’s former royal editor Duncan Larcombe and The Sunday Times’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah to discuss life at Balmoral and where the royals like to holiday to get away from it all.
With upcoming overseas trips for the Cambridges and the Sussexes planned, the guests talk about the importance of royal tours and the planning that goes into them to make them run like clockwork.
Plus they reveal some personal anecdotes from what it’s like to cover a royal tour.
Episode 29: Meghan Markle's Vogue cover and diversity within the Royal Family
The Duchess of Sussex's British Vogue September issue got everyone talking. From her choosing to put 15 inspirational women on the cover to her Q&A with Michelle Obama and Prince Harry discussing 'unconscious bias' with primatologist Dr Jane Goodall.
Host Kate Thornton dissects all the talking points with Harper's Bazaar's royal commentator Omid Scobie, The Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews and The Sunday Times' royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah.
Elsewhere, Yahoo UK's royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to diversity campaigner and founder of Nu Bride, Nova Reid, around Meghan Markle marrying Prince Harry and looking at the impact that her background and heritage has had within the Royal family and the topic of racism in the UK.
Episode 28: A royal play-date and Kate and Meghan's style evolution
As the royals wind down their engagements for the summer holiday, our experts look back on recent events, including Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis' and baby Archie's first play date.
Host Kate Thornton is joined by royal commentator Omid Scobie, The Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews and fashion expert Antonia O'Brien.
They also look back at Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton's style evolutions through the years.
Elsewhere, Yahoo UK's royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to CNN's royal commentator Victoria Arbiter about living at Kensington Palace during her teenage years and why Americans have more interest in the Royal Family.
Episode 27: Archie’s godparents, royal LGBTQ+ support and Wimbledon
Following Archie’s christening, royal experts Victoria Murphy, Omid Scobie and historian Anna Whitelock join host Kate Thornton to discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s desire for privacy and talk through who baby Archie’s godparents might be.
Elsewhere, following London Pride 2019, we look at how the Royal Family’s supported the LGBTQ+ community over the years.
The panel also discuss the Royal Family’s longstanding history with Wimbledon.
Finally, an exclusive interview with former ITV royal correspondent Tim Ewart sheds some light on the Queen’s iconic Ireland visit and how Harry’s ‘turned against the media again, big time’ because of the treatment of Meghan.
Episode 26: The charity ‘split’ and what Americans think of the Royal Family
The Sussexes have officially split away from their joint The Royal Foundation with the Cambridges, so what does this mean for the future? CNN’s royal commentator Victoria Arbiter, royal author Phil Dampier and PR expert Nick Ede discuss the pros and cons with host Kate Thornton.
They also discuss the recent royal family get-togethers at Trooping the Colour, Garter day and Ascot and whether these ceremonial traditions will continue in future when Charles and then William are king.
Victoria Arbiter, speaking from a US perspective, gives her take on what Americans think of the Royal Family.
Elsewhere, Yahoo UK’s royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to Princess Diana’s former butler Paul Burrell.
Before working for Diana, Mr Burrell was a footman for the Queen. He tells some of his favourite anecdotes about Her Majesty, including their flight on Concorde and how she’s a great mimic.
He also reveals that Meghan Markle wouldn’t have been given any formal preparation for joining the Royal Family.
Episode 25: The ‘blurred lines’ between celebrities and royals and how Harry's continuing Diana’s legacy
The Duke of Sussex might be a new father but that hasn’t stopped him from carrying out his royal duties.
Host Kate Thornton speaks to former royal editor Duncan Larcombe, royal biographer Angela Levin and PR expert Nick Ede about the causes close to Harry’s heart and how he wants to continue his mother Princess Diana’s legacy.
They also discuss the ‘blurred lines’ between celebrity and royalty - the firm are no strangers to having A-list friends.
Elsewhere, Yahoo UK’s royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to former BBC royal correspondent Jennie Bond about covering some of the biggest news stories in her 14-year career on the beat and her relationship with Princess Diana.
Episode 24: Royal privacy, William and Harry's 'feud' and Trump's state visit
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were awarded damages from Splash picture agency after aerial photos of their Cotswold home were published.
The Sun's royal correspondent Emily Andrews and PR expert Nick Ede discuss the Royal Family's battle for privacy and the rumoured 'feud' between William and Harry.
Political journalist and commentator Daisy McAndrew also talks through Donald Trump's upcoming state visit.
Elsewhere, Yahoo UK's royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to royal commentator Omid Scobie about covering the beat.
Omid shares what the Duchess of Cambridge is like off-camera, how Meghan Markle is modernising the Royal Family and the Sussexes' future plans for baby Archie.
Episode 23: Meghan’s first year as a royal
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are now parents to their son Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor and our panel of experts discuss the first photos and reactions to the birth.
Host Kate Thornton is joined by royal biographer Andrew Morton, historian Anna Whitelock and PR expert Nick Ede.
They discuss Meghan’s first year as a royal as she celebrates her wedding anniversary with Harry.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress designer David Emanuel also speaks to Yahoo UK’s Royal Correspondent Danielle Stacey about what it was like to design the famous bridal gown and what he thinks of Meghan’s style.
Episode 22: Baby Sussex makes his debut to the world
As Baby Sussex made his debut to the world in Windsor on Wednesday 8 May, royal correspondent Duncan Larcombe joined PR expert Nick Ede for a special episode of Yahoo UK’s ‘The Royal Box.’
They discuss the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s new arrival and how they decided to do things their way, when it came to announcing the birth of their son.
Larcombe offers his thoughts on Harry’s relationship with the press and how he needs to be careful not to alienate them.
Yahoo UK’s royal correspondent Danielle Stacey also reports on the ground from Windsor, where the photocall took place.
Episode 21: Baby Sussex’s future, William and Harry’s rumoured rift and Meghan’s star appeal
Royal baby anticipation is at a high in this week’s episode of ‘The Royal Box’. Host Kate Thornton discusses what Baby Sussex’s future might look like with royal biographer Robert Jobson, journalist Catherine Wylie and PR expert Nick Ede.
Prince Harry and Prince William’s rumoured rift is also debated and Meghan Markle’s star appeal to photographers is discussed.
Elsewhere, Yahoo UK royal correspondent Danielle Stacey sits down with royal biographer Katie Nicholl, who recounts a dressing down Meghan received from the Queen in the run-up to her wedding.
Episode 20: Baby Sussex birth plans and royal astrology
Yahoo UK’s royal correspondent Danielle Stacey speaks to Princess Diana’s astrologer Debbie Frank about the royal family and their star signs.
Debbie was introduced to the late princess in 1989 and had regular contact with her until her death in 1997.
She speaks to Yahoo UK’s video series ‘The Royal Box,’ about what Diana would have thought of her daughters-in-law Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle.
Host Kate Thornton also speaks to royal commentator Omid Scobie, historian Anna Whitelock and PR expert Nick Ede.
They discuss Meghan and Harry’s plans to keep details around the birth of Baby Sussex private and how the Cambridges will celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Episode 19: The Queen’s finances and the royal baby’s impending birth
Yahoo UK’s Head of Finance Lianna Brinded speaks to royal finance expert David McClure about how the Queen gets her money and how she spends it.
Host Kate Thornton also speaks to the Queen’s former press secretary Dickie Arbiter, PR expert Nick Ede and economics journalist Daisy McAndrew.
They discuss whether the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will opt for the royal baby photocall, how transparent the royals should be about their finances and whether they could take a leaf out of the Swedish Royal Family’s book, when it comes to their historic properties.
Episode 18: Meghan and Harry’s new team and William as a king in the making
The Sussexes have formally split from the Cambridges and it’s all change in the royal households.
Royal journalist Victoria Murphy, PR expert Nick Ede and etiquette consultant Jo Bryant discuss Meghan and Harry’s new staff members and the Duke of Sussex’s confidence.
They also speak about what William will be like as a future king and why the nation has so much affection for his wife Kate.
Meanwhile, Anna Pasternak, author of ‘Untitled: The Real Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor’ draws comparisons between Wallis Simpson and the Duchess of Sussex, and reveals why she thinks Meghan’s needs to be careful not to stay in the spotlight.
Episode 17: Meghan’s work ethic, what Harry will be like as a father and royal feminist role models
In the International Women’s Day special, The Sunday Times’ royal correspondent Roya Nikkhah, broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and historian Anna Whitelock discuss feminist role models within the Royal Family.
As Harry and Meghan get set to welcome their first child, our experts talk about what kind of parents they’ll be.
Royal editor and author Ingrid Seward also reveals some personal anecdotes and why the Royal Family aren’t ready for a feminist like Meghan Markle.
Episode 16: The logistics behind planning a tour, Kate and Meghan’s ‘glam squads’ and tabloid bias
It’s Meghan and bump’s last overseas tour to Morocco before she gives birth. Royal correspondent Omid Scobie and PR expert Nick Ede talk to Kate Thornton about the planning behind these trips and how Meghan is planning to keep working up until her baby is born.
The Daily Mirror’s fashion and beauty director Amber Graafland also discusses Meghan and Kate’s style and why the Duchess of Sussex shouldn’t have been criticised for her one shoulder Givenchy dress at the Fashion Awards.
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
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.