The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession

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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. 

Brought to you by the team behind America’s leading royals publication The Royal Observer, and featuring authoritative guests including insider royal correspondents, best-selling authors, former employees of the Palace and personal friends of senior members of the royal family, THE FIRM: BLOOD, LIES, AND ROYAL SUCCESSION serves as both a fascinating insight into 500 years of royal history, and an eye-opening exploration of just how the institution has evolved and adapted…and how it continues to do so in the face of recent unprecedented challenges to its standing. 


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Queen Elizabeth II Tribute: A Life of Duty and Service
2464

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 will his promises to modernize the institution mean? And how will he handle the ongoing crises presented by younger brother Prince Andrew, and youngest son Prince Harry?



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Sep 12, 2022
Chapter 12: A Future King
2303

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? 



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Aug 30, 2022
Chapter 11: Harry & Meghan – Racism, Bullying, and a Family Divided
2709

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?



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Aug 23, 2022
Chapter 10: Camilla - An Unsuitable Woman
2398

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?



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Aug 16, 2022
Chapter 9: Harry - The Troubled Prince
2432

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?



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Aug 09, 2022
Chapter 8: Fergie - A New Constitutional Crisis
2158

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?



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Aug 02, 2022
Chapter 7: Tragedy or Treason - The Death of Diana
2531

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?



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Jul 26, 2022
Chapter 6: Elizabeth vs. Margaret: Love, Loyalty and the X-Rated Queen of Mustique
2334

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.



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Jul 19, 2022
Chaper 5: Edward & Adolph
2588

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…



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Jul 12, 2022
Chapter 4: Victoria - Affairs Below Stairs
2604

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.

 



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Jul 05, 2022
Chapter 3: The Madness of George III
2561

Lampooned as the lunatic king who lost America…but who was also hugely popular with his subjects, who presided over a British intellectual Renaissance, and who defeated Napoleon…we take another look at the reign of the man who may just be the most misunderstood monarch in history.



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Jun 28, 2022
Chapter 2: Elizabeth, The Virgin Queen
2495

For many, Elizabeth I was England’s greatest monarch – rising through the deadly intrigue and plots of court to ascend to the throne, and then defeating the Spanish Armada and saving the kingdom. All, supposedly, while spurning the advances of her many suitors. But how much of it is true, and how much glorious myth making?



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Jun 21, 2022
Chapter 1: The Prince and the Pedophile
2306

Prince Andrew’s association with Jeffrey Epstein has gone beyond a royal embarrassment, and has threatened to become a genuine constitutional crisis. How did The Firm ever let it happen? And after his 2022 settlement with accuser Virginia Giuffre, what next for the Queen’s favorite son?



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Jun 14, 2022
The Firm: Blood, Lies and Royal Succession - Season 1 Trailer
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Behind the opulence and regal tradition lies an underbelly compromising generations of hundreds of  men and women who make up the royal household—from servants, consultants, advisers and protectors of the House of Windsor. Together, these disciples of the monarch have kept the institution humming, all under a reign of duty and destiny dating back to the ninth century.



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Jun 06, 2022