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The Edition podcast: is slimming down the monarchy the only way to save it?

17 January 2020

2:55 PM

17 January 2020

2:55 PM

Is slimming down the only way to future-proof the monarchy? ‘Megxit’ seems symptomatic of an underlying problem – the Royal family is getting bigger, and it doesn’t know what to do with the minor members of its family.

On the podcast, Isabel Hardman talks to Telegraph columnist Tim Stanley and royal correspondent Katie Nicholl about the thesis in our cover piece this week – Penny Junor takes a look at the ups and downs of reorganising the Firm. Does Tim think Meghan has been pushed out by a racist media?

‘I’m a little reluctant to say yes or no, because I am a white man, and inevitably the way I perceive news coverage is going to be very different from someone who isn’t. I’m also sensitive about the fact that Harry has… now got a child, and that child is mixed-race. So I can imagine that Harry probably sees issues of race in a slightly different way to how he would have seen them before.’


We also take a look at the upcoming Irish election. Liam Halligan writes that Leo Varadkar – often seen as a Brexit bogeyman – is keen to work with the UK in the next stage. The problem now is that Varadkar may not be Taoiseach for long. So what might happen in the Irish election? Liam joins the podcast, together with Tony Connelly, Europe Editor of RTE News.

And last, Cosmo Landesman volunteered at a homeless shelter Christmas Day but writes in this week’s issue that it was just – in his words – ‘really boring’. So what happened – and are liberal elites expecting the wrong things out of volunteering? He chats to Isabel on the podcast, together with the Spectator’s Commissioning Editor Mary Wakefield.


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