An investigation into the secrets, scandals, and constitutional crises of the most famous – and infamous – family in the world. From ruthless Virgin Queens to traitorous wartime Kings, from madness and revolution to forbidden sex and shocking deaths, from jealousy and rivalry to brothers and sisters torn apart, this is the real, unvarnished history of the last five centuries of Britain’s Royal Family. We’re going to reveal the real stories behind the airbrushed history book tales, and we’re going to show the lengths to which the self-styled “Firm” will go in order to keep those stories secret – and to ensure the survival of the Royal Brand… no matter what the cost...
Elizabeth II was not only Britain's longest ever-reigning monarch, she will also be remembered as one of the country's most beloved sovereigns. In this special tribute episode we celebrate the life and reign of a queen who devoted herself to the service of her people, and examine how the monarchy will adapt and evolve under the reign of her successor, Charles III...
What next for The Firm? As the Queen celebrates her Platinum Jubilee, heir Charles is 73 years old… meaning second-in-line to the throne William could be King within a decade or two himself. How will he take the monarchy into the post-Elizabeth II phase of its existence – and to what extent will his soured relationship with brother Harry color his reign?
Do the Duke and Duchess of Sussex represent a woke, progressive marriage that signals the future of a royal family in touch with popular opinion and the modern world…or is their so-called “Megxit” a self-centered, self-obsessed, dangerous threat to the very institution Harry was born into?
After the divorce of Charles and Diana, much of the blame was placed on Charles’ affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles… and following Diana’s death, for many that blame became outright hatred. And yet in 2005 Charles and Camilla married with the blessing of the whole family, and in 2022 the Queen announced that following his coronation, Camilla will be known as Queen. Has Camilla been the focus of The Firm’s smartest PR campaign yet?
After losing his mother aged just 12, Prince Harry threatened to go off the rails, with his youth punctuated by a series of scandals involving drugs, underage drinking, clashes with the paparazzi, a Nazi-themed fancy dress party and photographs of him partying naked in Vegas. How did the “spare” to William’s “heir” rehabilitate his public image?
Prince Andrew’s wife was heralded as a breath of fresh air for the stuffy Royals, a fun, funny, gregarious good-time girl who would appeal to the masses. But after her split from the Prince, a series of toe-curling scandals horrified senior figures at the Palace… just what was to be done about Fergie?
The “People’s Princess” died in a horrific car crash in August 1997, following a bitter – and very public – split with heir to the throne, Prince Charles. The conspiracy theories abounded… but what really happened at the Pont de l’Alma? And why did the Royal Family handle the fallout so badly?
The loving sisters were nearly torn apart by the difference in their destinies… only one could ever be Queen. And when Elizabeth refused permission for Margaret to marry the man she loved, the rift nearly proved permanent – and sparked a near-permanent embarrassment for the Firm.
Britain’s shortest-reigning monarch, and the only king or queen to ever willingly abdicate, Edward VIII supposedly gave it all up for love. Or did he? As the specter of war loomed over Europe, senior figures in The Firm were gravely concerned about his associations with senior figures in the Nazi party…
She was the Queen who was “not amused” – a stern, fearsome figure who expanded the British empire to control a quarter of the globe, and who remained in mourning for late husband Albert for more than half her life. But away from the public eye Victoria was also a woman with a healthy love of physical contact…and whose close “friendships” with two of her servants threatened to become full-blown scandals.