11 episodes

Unimaginable secrets. Unyielding power. Devastating rifts and shocking allegiances. With surprising new interviews as well as historic sound, Vanity Fair’s DYNASTY examines the ties that bind the most influential families in the world today, taking you inside their lives for a glimpse at the inner workings of privilege.

The DYNASTY debut season goes deep on the modern Windsors with Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl and staff writer Erin Vanderhoof, who reexamine the complex, sometimes fiery family dynamics—from the intimate side of the queen’s early reign to Harry and Meghan’s royal split to Prince Andrew’s shameful scandal—with razor-sharp insights, fresh reportage, and exclusive guests.

For more on DYNASTY, visit vf.com/dynasty

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    • Society & Culture
    • 3.9 • 521 Ratings

Unimaginable secrets. Unyielding power. Devastating rifts and shocking allegiances. With surprising new interviews as well as historic sound, Vanity Fair’s DYNASTY examines the ties that bind the most influential families in the world today, taking you inside their lives for a glimpse at the inner workings of privilege.

The DYNASTY debut season goes deep on the modern Windsors with Vanity Fair’s royal correspondent Katie Nicholl and staff writer Erin Vanderhoof, who reexamine the complex, sometimes fiery family dynamics—from the intimate side of the queen’s early reign to Harry and Meghan’s royal split to Prince Andrew’s shameful scandal—with razor-sharp insights, fresh reportage, and exclusive guests.

For more on DYNASTY, visit vf.com/dynasty

    Heavy Is the Head: Prince Charles’s Rocky Ascent

    Heavy Is the Head: Prince Charles’s Rocky Ascent

    No one has ever waited longer to become monarch than Prince Charles. But who is Prince Charles, and how has his life in the shadows of nearly everyone close to him—his mother, his ex-wife, his sons—impacted who he is today? What can we even expect from King Charles? To understand these questions is to understand the man who has seemingly always played second fiddle in the Windsor P.R. machine. We’ll examine the ways in which Charles has reinvented his image and speculate on what his role and power within the firm mean for the future of the monarchy.

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    • 46 min
    How Prince Andrew’s Epstein Scandal Rocked the Monarchy

    How Prince Andrew’s Epstein Scandal Rocked the Monarchy

    The sovereign brand is a powerful thing—alluring to those outside, and even intoxicating to those inside. But when royals trade on the family business for personal gain, the whole family takes a hit. This episode will focus on how Prince Andrew’s alleged abuses affected the monarchy, and what the lasting repercussions may be.

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    • 33 min
    The Firm’s Footsoldiers: Who Really Controls the Crown?

    The Firm’s Footsoldiers: Who Really Controls the Crown?

    The British royal family is sometimes referred to as “The Firm” – the time-honored, drama-tested machinery that refines, defines and helps control the family’s public image. The inner forces are shadowy—perhaps that’s what led King George VI to coin the phrase in the first place even to the family’s highest-profile members. So how exactly does The Firm work, and who is in it?  

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    • 31 min
    Clash of the Titans: The Global Press vs. the Royals

    Clash of the Titans: The Global Press vs. the Royals

    When it comes to the Windsors and the press, who really holds the power? From Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson’s earth-shattering scandal to revealing TV confessions from Diana and, later, Prince Andrew, why has the royal family always been so afraid of, and prone to, scandal? We’ll investigate the ongoing tug-of-war between Fleet Street and its fetishized family, and how that has played out for the royals who dare try to reset the balance. 

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    • 38 min
    Imperial Guilt: The Royals Reckon With the Commonwealth's Colonial Past

    Imperial Guilt: The Royals Reckon With the Commonwealth's Colonial Past

    This episode will explore the role the Commonwealth plays in the monarchy—and how the perspective of its role in the world is quickly shifting. We’ll also examine the effect that the Sussexes’ departure had on the crown’s relationship with the other 53 Commonwealth countries, and how the royals may need to readjust if they want the Commonwealth to survive.

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    • 39 min
    “The Only Job Which Matters”: Motherhood Inside the Monarchy

    “The Only Job Which Matters”: Motherhood Inside the Monarchy

    Motherhood is far from simple, but motherhood within the context and confines of a monarchy comes with its own set of challenges. From the queen to Princess Diana to the Duchess of Sussex, royal mothers have had to balance their maternal instincts with centuries of tradition. This episode explores the disparate ways Meghan, Kate, and the generations before them have entered into and engaged with motherhood—and how the modern royals have begun to change the narrative.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
521 Ratings

521 Ratings

Sam245245 ,

Very Pro-Monarchist

Just finished listening and felt like this entire podcast was paid for by the Windsors themselves. The two hosts spent a lot of time gushing over the Royals….I felt like I was reading a celebrity interview in people magazine. There just wasn’t much new or interesting. I feel like the podcast “Born to Rule” on Prince Charles has more interesting coverage. This seemed like a bland recitation of facts (spun to be extremely favorable to the Royal Family).

k_!$ ,

Just Okay

I was looking for something to listen to after finishing the audiobook by Tina Brown. This was just ok. Nothing groundbreaking and no new insights. Katie Nichol is knowledgeable, if a little biased. The other host’s delivery felt forced and cheesy—like she was struggling to read from a very cliché script.

GunnerKnowsBest ,

Uncritical Repeating Puff Piece

If you are looking for any sort of balance and critiques of the monarchy, this isn’t for you.

If you are looking for larger discussion of the Windsors, this also isn’t for you.

Ignore the name, this is a podcast about Harry and Meghan and isn’t even close to being objective. Each episode is essentially the same and rehashes the same basic stuff.

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