Royal Watchers Wonder: Do the Royals Watch ‘The Crown’?

A lack of hard facts has not prevented plenty of speculation as to whether Queen Elizabeth and the other members of the royal family ever watch their fictionalized selves.

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‘The Crown’ Stokes an Uproar Over Fact vs. Entertainment

Dramatic liberties in the latest season of the Netflix series, covering the turbulent 1980s, are annoying Britons who wrote of that period, even among those who disparage the royals.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Shares Her Miscarriage Grief

She wrote that she held “an almost unbearable grief, experienced by many but talked about by few.”

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Amid Thailand’s Protests, a Feared Tool to Protect the Monarchy Returns

The country’s lèse-majesté law, which makes insulting the king punishable by years in prison, is being used against the movement’s leadership for the first time.

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For the African Women Who Love Diana, ‘The Crown’ Feels Personal

In her lifetime, the Princess of Wales was adored by many women in Africa and the diaspora, who then passed that loyalty on to their daughters.

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‘Now, We Fight Face to Face’: Thailand’s Protests Shatter Taboos

Antigovernment demonstrations have grown bolder, even insulting the king, but reform remains elusive and fears of a crackdown persist.

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: What to Watch and Read About Diana

If Season 4 has fueled your interest in one of royal history’s most glamorous women, you’re in luck. She has inspired many a book, documentary and article.

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‘The Crown’ Season 4: What Actually Happened and How It Was Covered

Margaret Thatcher and Diana, Princess of Wales, are among the iconic figures covered in the latest installment of Peter Morgan’s show. How much is fact and how much is fiction?

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Margaret Thatcher and Class Struggles in “The Crown” Season 4

In the new season, Diana Spencer’s aristocratic breeding triumphs and Margaret Thatcher’s middle-class tendencies horrify the royals. Here’s a guide to the rigid world of the British class system.

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‘The Crown’ Has Had Its Scandals, but There’s Nothing Like Diana

The face that launched a thousand tabloid stories — and books and documentaries and Instagram feeds — is taking center stage in the newest season of the Netflix series.

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BBC Orders Inquiry Into Diana Interview After Claim Princess Was Misled

A quarter-century after the princess admitted infidelity in a landmark interview with Martin Bashir, the journalist is facing renewed accusations of behaving unethically to secure the scoop.

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The Sovereigns of Thailand and the Skies

Protesters are challenging the monarchy’s legitimacy by co-opting its celestial symbols.

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Almost Like Clockwork, Talk of a Military Coup Follows Thai Protests

“I see a coup as not a bad thing,” said one prominent royalist who publicly called for a military intervention to quell antigovernment rallies in Bangkok and to protect the monarchy.

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Talk of a Military Coup Follows Protests in Thailand

“I see a coup as not a bad thing,” said one prominent royalist who publicly called for a military intervention to quell antigovernment rallies in Bangkok and to protect the monarchy.

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Belgium’s Princess Delphine Meets With Her Father, King Albert II

Delphine Boel, an artist who recently was given the right to be called princess, met with King Albert II and his wife over the weekend. The princess had fought for years to be publicly acknowledged.

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Bangkok Is Engulfed by Protests. What’s Driving Them?

Rebellious youths. A history of coups. A royal family protected by laws that can punish critics. All are key ingredients in the struggle convulsing Thailand.

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Thailand’s Leader Offers End to Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Protesters

Saying he would withdraw an emergency decree, the ex-general, Prayuth Chan-ocha, called for mediation by a weakened Parliament. Protesters still demand his resignation.

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Thailand Steps Up Response as Antigovernment Protests Escalate

Water cannons were used for the first time to clear protesters off the streets, and two demonstrators face charges that could put them in prison for life.

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As Motorcade Rolls By, Thai Royal Family Glimpses the People’s Discontent

Pro-democracy protesters have been rallying for months. But the king hasn’t been around to take in the calls for reform firsthand.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Speaks Out Against Harmful Online Behavior

She said the birth last year of Archie, her son with Prince Harry, had compelled her to take a stand against online bullying and misinformation.

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Save the Planet, Win a Prize

Rising seas, raging fires, hotter temperatures — and a bit of positivity.

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Harry and Meghan Encourage Americans to Vote in November Election

The couple did not endorse any candidates, but Meghan called the election “the most important election of our lifetime.”

#elections, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #markle-meghan, #presidential-election-of-2020, #royal-families, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Protests Shake Bangkok, Challenging Old Guard’s Grip on Thailand

The weekend rally heightened the focus on a once taboo issue: a rich and powerful monarchy that has rarely been challenged or criticized.

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‘The Time Has Come.’ Barbados Casts Off the Queen as Head of State, and Others May Follow

The Black Lives Matter movement has revived a simmering debate about the legacy of colonialism, potentially inspiring change in other Caribbean countries.

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Harry and Meghan Repay Millions for Frogmore Cottage Renovation

The couple had pledged to refund taxpayers for work on Frogmore Cottage after giving up royal duties in January.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Sign Megawatt Netflix Deal

Six months after ceasing to be working members of the British royal family, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are Hollywood producers.

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Protests Grow in Thailand, Where Speaking Out Can Be Perilous

Demonstrators are demanding change in a country with a long history of suppressing dissent. Some protesters are even defying the taboo against criticizing the monarchy.

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What the Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Biography Says About Britain

Prince Harry confused sacrifice with service. Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, confused it with fame.

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Protests Take On Thailand’s Monarchy, Despite Laws Banning Such Criticism

The rare questioning of Thailand’s royal family comes as student-led demonstrations have gained momentum, testing the government and the boundaries of strict lèse-majesté laws.

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The Immoral Double Life of the Former King of Spain

An outdated culture allowed King Juan Carlos I to become a lobbyist for Arab dictatorships and to hide his fortune for decades.

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The King Had No Clothes. Spain Looked the Other Way.

An outdated culture allowed King Juan Carlos I to become a lobbyist for Arab dictatorships and to hide his fortune for decades.

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Happily Ever After? Harry and Meghan Will Settle for Normal

In “Finding Freedom,” the veteran reporters Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand show how the British royal family’s fairy tale turned into a cautionary one.

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Juan Carlos, Spain’s Former King, Quits Country Amid Multiple Investigations

The former king’s departure, which comes as he faces financial inquiries, may fuel Spain’s political and social debate over the future of the monarchy.

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In India, a Gay Prince’s Coming Out Earns Accolades, and Enemies

Prince Manvendra’s journey from an excruciatingly lonely child to a global L.G.B.T.Q. advocate included death threats and disinheritance.

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Prince Andrew Sought Washington Lobbyist to Help With Epstein Case

Lawyers for the prince consulted a lobbyist with connections in Trump foreign policy circles. No deal was struck.

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Prince Andrew and U.S. Prosecutor in Nasty Dispute Over Epstein Case

The spat over whether the prince is willing to help in a sex-trafficking inquiry escalated, with a top federal prosecutor effectively calling the British royal a liar.

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Harry and Meghan Cut Off U.K. Tabloids

A letter to four major newspapers criticized coverage as “distorted, false, or invasive beyond reason.” It was the latest twist in the couple’s poisonous relationship with some news outlets.

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Coronavirus Halts Another U.K. Ritual: Birthday Gun Salute for Queen

Buckingham Palace said the queen had also instructed that flags not be flown in her honor unless it was done while observing social distancing.

#birthdays, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain, #royal-families

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After a Year of Silence, a Jailed Saudi Princess Appeals for Help

The detentions of a prince and princess add to the tally of royals who have been locked up during the rise of the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.

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Queen Urges Britons to Pull Together as Nation Charts an Uncertain Course

Elizabeth, sequestered at Windsor Castle, offered encouragement in a statement. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, after a week of mixed messages, hewed to mostly voluntary curbs.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Exit Britain, Stage West

The couple made their final official engagement on Monday, and will now head to Canada to patch together a new life and build their brand.

#great-britain, #harry-duke-of-sussex, #markle-meghan, #royal-families, #westminster-abbey-london

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A Royal Instagram Mystery

Two royal couples, two Instagram accounts, one conspiracy theory.

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