Throughout history, the British monarchy has had a significant impact on pop culture, with recent events and scandals only further cementing their place in the public eye. From royal weddings to controversies, the fascination with the royal family continues to grow.
A New Era: The Reign of King Charles III
With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022, the longest reign in Britain’s history came to an end. Prince Charles III will be crowned in the new year, marking a new era for the British monarchy. However, the royal family has faced its share of scandals, such as Prince Andrew being stripped of his military titles and royal patronages in 2022 due to sexual-abuse allegations.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A Royal Exile
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s self-imposed exile from royal life has been re-litigated in their Netflix docuseries, further fueling the public’s fascination with the couple. Their departure from the royal family has been a significant topic of discussion in pop culture, with podcasts like “Royally Obsessed” offering insights into the lives of the Cambridges and the Sussexes.
Noble Blood: A Glimpse into the Lives of the Nobility
“Noble Blood” is a scripted nonfiction podcast that delves into the lives and deaths of members of the nobility throughout history. This show offers a unique perspective on the British monarchy and its influence on pop culture, providing listeners with a deeper
understanding of the royal family’s history.
The Crown: A Controversial Take on the Royal Family
The events of 1992, known as Elizabeth II’s “annus horribilis,” are central to the fifth season of “The Crown.” This season covers the separations or divorces of three royal couples, a fire at Windsor Castle, and other key moments in the royal family’s history. However, the show has faced criticism for dramatizing events close to the present day and touching on topics that many viewers already have strong opinions on. The timing of the new episodes, arriving just two months after Elizabeth’s death and Charles III’s ascension to the throne, has also raised concerns among critics, including actor Judi Dench.