The Story of the Royals, a two-night television event from PEOPLE and Four M Studios, debuts on ABC50 on Wednesday, Aug. 22, and Thursday, Aug. 23. Get ready for a two-night, four-hour prime-time television event documenting the fascinating lives of the British royal family. Featuring an extraordinary panel of experts and voices, The Story of the Royals – Part One airs WEDNESDAY, AUG. 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), and The Story of the Royals – Part Two airs THURSDAY, AUG. 23 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on The ABC Television Network. Watch on the ABC app from your smartphone and tablet (iOS and Android), computer on ABC.com and connected devices (Roku, AppleTV and Amazon Fire TV).
The Story of the Royals will explore pivotal moments in the crown’s history beginning with a simple question: How exactly did we get here? The multipart series captures the mystique of the monarchy through its many loves, losses, extravagances, challenges and charms. With Prince William and Kate’s new royal baby and Prince Harry’s recent marriage to Meghan Markle, the Windsors have truly begun to modernize and resemble a 21st-century family. “The Story of the Royals” will illustrate that evolution as well as examine the American obsession behind all things royal.
“The Story of the Royals” brings together an impressive company of friends, former staff members and royal experts to help illustrate this fascinating story (listed alphabetically by first name):
Aaron Korsh (creator of Suits), Alastair Bruce (Sky News correspondent), Andrew Morton (author of Diana: Her True Story), Anna Whitelock (author of The Queen’s Bed: An Intimate History of Elizabeth’s Court),Arianne Chernock (author of Men and the Making of Modern British Feminism), Bob Woodruff (ABC News anchor), Cele Otnes (author of Royal Fever), Charles Anson (former press secretary to The Queen), Chris Connelly (ABC News contributor), Christine Knudsen (theology department chair at Immaculate Heart High School), Colleen Harris (former press secretary to Prince Charles), Cornelia Guest (goddaughter of Edward VIII & Wallis Simpson), Daniel Martin (Meghan Markle’s makeup artist), David Wiseman (The Royal Foundation), Dr. Harvey Young (Meghan Markle’s former theater professor), Dr. Sue Varma (professor of psychiatry at NYU Langone), Elizabeth Anson (cousin of Queen Elizabeth II), Emma Bridgewater (royal ceramics manufacturer), Gloria Allred (women’s rights attorney), Harry Benson (celebrity photographer), Hugo Vickers (royal biographer), James Deutsch (folklorist, curator), Jane Stevens (lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret), Jess Cagle (editor-in-chief, PEOPLE), Lady Jane Rayne (maid of honor at The Queen’s coronation), Laura Mayhall (author of Women’s Suffrage in the British Empire),Maria Pollia (theology teacher at Immaculate Heart High School), Mark Stewart (royal photographer), Myka Meier (etiquette instructor), Patrick Jephson (former private secretary to Princess Diana), Penny Junor (royal biographer), Phillip Norman (author of Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation), Rebecca Jarvis (ABC News correspondent), Robert Lacey (author of Monarch: The Life and Reign of Elizabeth II), Sarah Bradford (royal biographer) Sarah Gristwood (author of Game of Queens), Wynne Frankum (chair of the Bucklebury Parish Council) and Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (journalist).
This marks the second time that ABC, PEOPLE and Four M Studios (formerly Time Inc. Productions) will partner on a two-night documentary event about the royal family. In August 2017, they teamed up for “The Story of Diana,” which marked the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s tragic passing at 36 years old. “The Story of Diana” Parts One and Two debuted to impressive ratings, winning the two-hour timeslot over two consecutive nights.