FILE – This file photo dated June 2, 1953 shows Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II enthroned with the allegiance of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the center with her backs to the camera, the Bishop of Durham (left) and the Bishop of Bath and Wells (during) receives their coronation at Westminster Abbey. The British royal family and British television have a complicated relationship. The medium helped define the modern monarchy: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. From 1953 was Britain’s first mass television spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have peeked behind the curtains of the palace at the all-too-human family inside.




FILE – In this file photo dated July 29, 1981, Britain’s Prince Charles kisses his bride, former Diana Spencer, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in London after their wedding. The British royal family and British television have a complicated relationship. The medium helped define the modern monarchy: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. From 1953 was Britain’s first mass television spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have peeked behind the curtains of the palace at the all-too-human family inside.




Royalty TV: The British monarchy and British television have complex ties

FILE – This Tuesday, May 1, 2007, Sarah Ferguson, the British Duchess of York, appears on NBC’s Today TV show in New York during a section about Hearts & Hooves, a nonprofit dedicated to providing Healing and inspiration through meaningful encounters between humans and animals. The British royal family and British television have a complicated relationship. The medium helped define the modern monarchy: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. From 1953 was Britain’s first mass television spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have peeked behind the curtains of the palace at the all-too-human family inside.




Royalty TV: The British monarchy and British television have complex ties

FILE – This Friday, November 20, 2020, a file photo of a man wearing a face mask goes past a billboard in London promoting the television series “The Crown” about Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family. The British royal family and British television have a complicated relationship. The medium helped define the modern monarchy: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. From 1953 was Britain’s first mass television spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have peeked behind the curtains of the palace at the all-too-human family inside.




Royalty TV: The British monarchy and British television have complex ties

This picture from Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry (left) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talking to Oprah Winfrey. “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special” will air March 7, 2021. The British royal family and British television have a complicated relationship. The medium helped define the modern monarchy: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. From 1953 was Britain’s first mass television spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have peeked behind the curtains of the palace at the all-too-human family inside.

From JILL LAWLESS Associated Press

LONDON (AP) – The British royal family and British television have a complicated relationship.

The medium helped define the modern monarchy: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. From 1953 was Britain’s first mass television spectacle. Since then, rare interviews have peeked behind the curtains of the palace at the all-too-human family inside. The fictional setting of the Netflix hit “The Crown” has shaped the view of the monarchy for a new generation, although the powerful, image-conscious royal family cannot control it.

“The story of the royal family, like any other story, is a constructed narrative,” said Phil Harrison, author of The Age of Static: How Television Explains Modern Britain.

And it’s a story that changed as Britain moved from an era of respect to an era of modern social mores and ubiquitous social media.

“The royals, especially the younger royals, have moved from the realm of the state apparatus to the realm of celebrity culture in the past few decades,” said Harrison. “That worked fine for her up to a point – but celebrity culture takes and gives and is notoriously capricious.”

So anticipation and concern are high before Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Prince Harry and his wife Meghan – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – a year after they left official royal life, citing what they consider intruders and racist attitudes to be described the British media to the Duchess, who is biracial. A clip released by CBS ahead of the Sunday airing shows Meghan, a former television star, who appears to have hinted that the royal family is immortalizing “falsehoods” about her and Harry.