The Smithsonian Channel’s show ‘Private Lives Of The Monarchs’ takes us into the back rooms and private spaces of some of the most influential monarchs in British and French history. In this show, we get to see how the monarchs and rulers actually lived beyond their courts and behaved with members of their family in their persona; spaces.
The show is produced by Bruce Burgess and Matthew Bone who hail from the production house Like A Shot Entertainment. The executive producers for Smithsonian Channel are Joy Galane and David Royle.
Private Lives Of The Monarchs Cast: Who is in it?
The host of the show is Tracy Borman. She is the joint Chief Curator of Royal Palaces in England. Borman started her career as a historian and later became quite famous after publishing her best-selling book ‘Elizabeth’s Women’, based on the lives of certain women who were the closest to the former British empress Queen Elizabeth I. She is the writer of various other works which chronicle the lives of English emperors. Some of her books are: ‘Henrietta Howard: King’s Mistress, Queen’s Servant’, ‘The Private Lives of the Tudors’, and 2019’s ‘Henry VIII: And the Men Who Made Him’. Her intense research and previously published works on the private lives of British monarchs makes her the most suitable host for the show.
The other important people in the show are definitely the kings and queens Borman talks about in the show. The first episode talks about Queen Victoria. We get to see her relationships with the men she was associated with. One of the most talked-about kings in English history, Henry VIII is also one of the monarchs being dealt with in the series. He famously married eight different women in trying to procure a male heir to the English throne. Borman further explores the lives of the French emperor Louis XIV, England’s George III, and Charles II.
Private Lives Of The Monarchs Plot: What is it about?
Historian and presently the joint Chief Curator of Royal Palaces Tracy Borman has researched about the private lives of many famous rulers all her life, and in this show, she makes us acquainted with the same. With her help, we get a peek into the personal lives of many British rulers and see how they were outside of the public eye. There are always stories and myths made about monarchs, and even the history books only mention their lives in connection with how it affects the state. So this docuseries does indeed serve as an eye-opener for us.
Borman talks about the private life of Queen Victoria and her troubled relationship with her son Edward. Edward was what we can call a ‘wild child’. He frequented Parisian brothels, practiced wife-swapping in the infamous Marlborough House, kept numerous mistresses for himself, and even bathed in champagne at times. Then the focus shifts to Henry VIII, and we learn that despite being the most notorious English ruler of all time, Henry always behaved in a gentlemanly fashion and had huge trust in astrological notions.