Robert Jobson's Royal Podcast: an exclusive series of inside stories about today's monarchy from 'The Godfather of …
Today I am thrilled to launch my new Evening Standard podcast -- Robert Jobson's Royal Podcast -- in this exciting royal year. Each episode will feature fascinating conversations with exclusive content, giving listeners the inside track on the world of royalty today. I will take you behind the scenes of royal reporting, chatting to real insiders, experts and royal authors.
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I will take you on a royal tour too, so that you can get a feel for what it is like to cover a royal visit -- the sights, sounds and stories that emerge.
Our first episode features an in-depth look at the man of the moment, Prince Harry, and his incredible life story told by those who know him best. I chat to Inspector Ken Wharfe MVO, Scotland Yard personal protection officer to both Prince Harry and his mother, the late Princess of Wales, about the prince's childhood and rebellious character. My conversation with Ken, packed with exclusive stories and hilarious anecdotes, sheds new light on Harry, whom Diana dubbed "GKH" -- "Good King Harry" -- in his youth.
Already, this has been a captivating year for royal-watchers with the birth of Prince Louis of Cambridge and the build-up to the wedding of Harry and Meghan. Meghan is a highly intelligent philanthropist and former actress who has a serious voice and is not afraid to use it to benefit causes close to her heart. Meghan's arrival has changed the rules.
She was immediately set to work on tours around the UK so that she could get to know her new country and its people. She was invited to Christmas at Sandringham before her wedding, a significant shift from tradition, and a move that shows the Queen is listening to her eldest son's and grandchildren's advice. There will be a second royal wedding in October when the Duke and Duchess of York's daughter, Princess Eugenie, marries her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank.
It is a time of change, too, for the monarchy -- with the Prince of Wales, who turns 70 in November, being named as the next head of the Commonwealth.
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It is a modern monarchy in transition in the winter of the second Elizabethan age as Prince Charles and his sons take on more of our sovereign's responsibilities. It is a time of firsts too, with the Duke of Edinburgh, who will be 97 in June, effectively retiring from public duties after a lifetime of loyal service to his Queen and country. Not since the days of Queen Victoria have we had three generations of adult royals being active on the public stage at the same time.
The arrival of Meghan Markle brings a new player. I have been called one of the country's leading royal commentators, and after nearly three decades chronicling the House of Windsor was dubbed "The Godfather of Royal Reporting". It has been a rollercoaster ride -- writing, broadcasting and penning a bestseller.
The job has taken me around the world from Bhutan to the Great Barrier Reef, from Los Angeles to Vanuatu.
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I have met and interviewed all the senior members of the royal family including Her Majesty the Queen and the late Diana, Princess of Wales. I have reported on official royal visits as well as royal holidays and less formal occasions. I was presented with the coveted London Press Club Scoop of the Year in 2005 for being the first newspaper journalist, not the Palace, to reveal a royal wedding was to take place, when the Standard broke the story that Prince Charles was to marry Camilla.
I trust this podcast will give listeners a fascinating insight into royalty. I hope you enjoy it. Click here to subscribe for the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts
Robert Jobson is a correspondent, broadcaster and author. His new book The Wedding of Harry and Meghan is published by Regal Press and can be bought for a discounted price of GBP4.99 and free delivery here. Offer expires on May 13.
Diana: Closely Guarded Secret by Ken Wharfe with Robert Jobson can be bought here
Guarding Diana by Ken Wharfe with Robert Jobson can be bought here