Welcome to Pod Save The Queen - the royal podcast from the Daily Mirror. The royal family is finding its way in a new era on both sides of the Atlantic. Harry and Meghan's departure - and subsequent frank interview with Oprah Winfrey - and the loss of Prince Philip, the head of the family at 99 are two major challenges. Add to that Prince Andrew being sacked by the Queen and a changing of the guard to the younger generations, as future kings William and Charles, along with their wives Camilla and Kate, take on more of the Queen's duties and engagements - not to mention adapting how everything is done to cope with the pandemic - the royal family is in a time of change. There is joy too, as the Cambridges' children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis grow up both in and out of the public eye, and the Tindalls, Beatrice and Eugenie find their own ways. Expect behind the scenes details, fashion, travel, causes, politics and society, plus interviews with people who can provide a particular insight into your favourite royals, their work and their place in Britain today.Your regular companions are host Ann Gripper (@anngripper) and Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers (@rjmyers). Join the conversation about the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @podsave for a chance to hear your comments on the show, and follow @MirrorRoyal for all the latest royal news on Twitter.
Queen and Charles share Easter smiles and Harry hits the beach
Prince Charles and the Queen were reunited in the garden of Frogmore House in photos released by the palace at Easter.
And on the west coast of California, Prince Harry was pictured playing with his dog on the beach.
Pod Save The Queen host Ann Gripper is joined by Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers to discuss the stories behind the pictures, and a poll that highlights differing attitudes to whether Charles, William or even Harry should succeed the Queen.
They also talk about the latest royal engagements, whether Charles and Camilla’s trip to Greece was worthwhile given the Covid crisis as well as how Piers Morgan and Tom Bradby have been caught up in the breakdown of Harry and William’s relationship and the fallout from the Oprah interview.
How Queen’s aunt Princess Mary changed royal roles forever
Princess Mary was the daughter of a king, sister to two more and the aunt of Queen Elizabeth II.
She was also a hard-working Princess Royal who had to navigate many of the same challenges experienced today by royals who will never take the throne themselves.
Pod Save The Queen host Ann Gripper is joined by Elisabeth Basford, author of Princess Mary: The First Modern Princess, to discuss Mary’s life, how she changed the job description for a princess and her lasting impact on other women who have been born or married into the royal family.
Baby Tindall arrives in a hurry and royals join day of reflection
Mike Tindall shared the happy news of baby Lucas Philip’s rapid arrival - with Zara giving birth on their bathroom floor.
It was happy news for the royal family amid the ongoing fallout from Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview, and in a week where they led the UK as the country paused to remember those lost to coronavirus.
Pod Save The Queen host Ann Gripper is joined by Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers to catch up on a busy two weeks of royal news, including the Cambridges’ special way of marking Mothering Sunday, Kate’s pilgrimage to Clapham Common and return to Westminster Abbey with William.
They also talk about Prince Philip's recovery, Prince Harry’s new jobs, changes at Archewell and how things stand after the Sussexes’ tell-all interview.
Kensington Palace life inside the gates
What is it really like to live and work at Kensington Palace?
Tom Quinn, author of Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle, joins Pod Save the Queen host Ann Gripper to discuss the royal residence and its famous residents.
In an interview recorded before Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s permanent departure from their senior royal roles was confirmed, they discuss what life is like for the royals who live there now, during Princess Diana’s time and earlier.
Tom also shares the recollections of staff who worked there.
Kensington Palace: An Intimate Memoir from Queen Mary to Meghan Markle is out now.
Meghan and Harry on Oprah - the debrief
The trailers had built the tension - but Meghan Markle's interview with chat show Queen Oprah Winfrey was even more dramatic than anticipated.
The Duchess of Sussex shared her truth on her experience since becoming a royal, and raised difficult questions for the Firm on race and mental health, while Harry his dad had stopped taking his calls.
Buckingham Palace released a statement on behalf of the Queen.
So where are we now, and what happens next? And what did we take away from the interview? Pod Save the Queen host Ann Gripper is joined by Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers and Mirror fashionista Sarah Bradbury to discuss the interview - and the fallout.
Sussexes, “smears” and a new low in relations - even before Oprah
Tensions were already running high ahead of Meghan and Harry’s tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, with the dramatic music barely needed to build the hype.
Then claims by former staff about the Duchess of Sussex’s behaviour exploded in The Times, sparking a new war of words with the Palace.
Pod Save the Queen host Ann Gripper and Daily Mirror royal editor Russell Myers discuss the claims and counter claims, and what we can expect from Meghan’s big moment in Oprah’s hotseat.
They also look back on Prince Harry’s appearance with James Corden on the Late Late Show, update on Prince Philip’s health and the Queen taking on anti-vaccers. And Zoe Cripps makes a cameo appearance to talk Meghan’s look for Oprah.