Andrew Morton Says the Royals "Are Going Through a Golden Age" of Popularity

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Between Spencer, Diana: The Musical, Prince Harry's docuseries The Me You Can't See, and any number of new books about the Windsors (including Meghan's children's story The Bench), there's been no shortage of royal-related content as of late. And, at least according to writer Andrew Morton, this overabundance in programming has inspired a "golden age of popularity" for Queen Elizabeth and her family. "There's never been so much interest in not just the primary members of the royal family, but the secondary members," he says.

Morton, a prolific royal biographer, who is best known for his 1992 work, Diana: Her True Story, stands to profit from this increased appetite for all things monarchic. He not only just published an update to his biography of Meghan Markle, Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy, but he's also serving as a consultant on The Crown's hotly anticipated fifth season.

While he's tight-lipped about what fans can expect from future episodes of the Netflix series, he did share his thoughts on the show's influence. "The Crown has kick-started international interest in the royal family. There's a whole generation of people now who feel more connected to the royal family than they did say before The Crown," he says. "It's just a golden age—when normally, the interest dips when the children are little. There's not as much interest in the royal family. The interest usually explodes when they start dating girlfriends, boyfriends, and then get married. The significance of the Harry and Meghan marriage is that it is the last big wedding for a generation."

Initially, his recent book on Meghan ended with that royal wedding, but he felt he needed to update throughout the text and to add additional chapters to chronicle the past few years, including the Sussexes' decision to step back from their royal roles. "So much has happened. Normally an update to a hardback is just a few hundred words. This is 30,000. Talk about a big second act. From the moment she walked down the aisle at St. George's Chapel to today, they've made headlines virtually every day," he said.

The new edition of Meghan and the Unmasking of the Monarchy is out now. The Crown will return in 2022.

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