Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Decision to Step Back from Royal Duties

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Rutgers Expert Available to Discuss Prince Harry, Meghan Markle’s Decision to Step Back from Royal Duties


New Brunswick, N.J. (Jan. 9, 2020) – Rutgers scholar Alastair Bellany , an expert in British media and politics, is available to discuss Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s announcement regarding their roles as senior members of the British royal family.


“Harry and Megan’s decision throws a wrench into a pattern that had evolved over the past decade in which princes William and Harry were pushed to the forefront as symbols of a revived and ‘modern’ monarchy, ready for the new century. It exposes contradictions at the heart of that image: The very modern idea of self-determination and independence doesn’t fit with the rigid role assigned to members of the royal family. The 20th century history of the monarchy is a story of these contradictions as the institution tried to reinvent itself well past its political sell-by date. The decision also complicates whatever planning is in place for challenges the queen’s aging poses to the monarchy: her death, when it comes, will force a major reckoning,” Bellany said.


Bellany is a professor and chair in the Department of History at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and an expert in media and popular politics of early modern England.


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