Britain's royal family generates controversial headlines each and every day, but in our unhumble opinion, the most interesting tales are those buried in the footnotes. Hosts Eva and Allie are excavators of bygone scandals and peculiar details about the Windsors. For example, did you know that King Charles runs a bed and breakfast in Romania? Or that he's been building his own real town for more than 30 years? Windsors & Losers is the podcast that tells you a curiously overlooked story about the British royal family in each episode.
Princess Margaret's Hedonistic Party Paradise, Mustique
31:54The year was 1960, and Princess Margaret, along with her new husband Anthony Armstrong-Jones, made a fateful trip ashore to the tiny Caribbean island of Mustique during their six week (checks notes — yes, six week) honeymoon aboard the royal yacht. Margaret's party pal from back in London, Colin Tennant (later, Glenconner), had just purchased the island and he cannily offered the princess a plot of land as a wedding gift. It would be another few years before "Margo" cashed in the I.O.U, but when she did, she also asked for a house — naturally. Thus began Margaret's long love affair with the hedonistic party paradise that Colin developed on Mustique. It's where Margaret escaped the glare of public life in London, enjoyed getaways with her boyfriend, and later suffered a series of serious health episodes. In this final episode Windsors & Losers season one, Eva and Allie mentally head to Mustique to revisit what Margaret and the rest of the 1970s glitterati got up to down there. Hint: it once involved spray-painting palm trees gold, outfitting waiters in just gold coconut shells, and polluting the sand with gold glitter.
The 'Curious Collection' of Prince Philip's Surrogate Dad
23:31Prince Philip was born, er, a prince — and then, of course, went on to marry a queen — but he had a challenging childhood. A central figure in his adolescence was his mother's brother, an aristocrat named George Mountbatten, who provided Philip with a stable family life (for a time). But George sadly died young, when Philip was only 17, and as a result the uncle's story is a mere footnote in royal biographies. But even those tiny mentions usually include a unique detail about Unky G. He was a collector. He collected model trains. And — oh yeah! — he spent millions in today’s money amassing one of the world’s largest collections of erotic imagery. And this is where we pick up today, retracing Philip's footsteps to his uncle's family home, and establishing why one of the 20th century's biggest British political scandals forced the Mountbattens to divest themselves of the 'curious collection.'
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Overlooked Details in Prince Harry's 'Spare' That Delighted Us
36:06Join us for an extremely niche Windsors & Losers analysis of "Spare," Prince Harry's monumental biography released last month. Many readers and reporters quite naturally focused on the biggest and most sensational sections, whether it was physical aggression from "Willy" — also known as Prince William — or the claim that Queen Consort Camilla (FKA Camilla Parker Bowles) planted stories about Harry in order to curry favor with the public for herself. And, sure, we were interested in those details. But what we really enjoyed were those between-the-lines nuggets that, we think, revealed a bit more about royal operations than Harry may have intended. Without further ado, let's dive in, like King Charles into his nightly bubble bath (a tradition we now know about, thanks to Spare).
Prince Edward, the Original Hollywood Royal
37:00Harry and Meghan who? Long before Netflix came a callin' — there was one royal who wanted to make it in Hollywood, and his name is Edward. Who the heck is Prince Edward, you so rightly ask? He's the Queen's fifty-eight-year-old son (the third male child — the spare's spare, so to speak). He spent most of the nineties and noughties running a production company that made... nothing most of us have heard of.... until today! Join us for a deep dive on Edward's producorial misadventures, and why he created one show so bad the royals turned their backs on television for good.
Queen Consort Camilla's Wild First Marriage, Before Charles
29:52Before there was Camilla and Charles, there was Camilla and Andrew. She was Camilla Shand, country girl and horse fan, who was a social star in the classroom, finishing school, and the debutante balls of London. He was Andrew Parker Bowles, a young cavalry officer and the most lusted-after gentleman of her deb season. In episode three of Windsors & Losers, hosts Allie & Eva revisit Camilla and Andrew's unconventional and somewhat racy first marriage — and how she ultimately found her way back into the arms of the future King Charles.
The Town Charles Built. Meet: Poundbury.
23:22Windsors & Losers is created and produced by Eva Wolchover and Allie Merriam. Our episode was mixed by Kristin Mueller. Special thanks to Jesse Baker, Eric Nuzum, Ian Chillag, Sabrina Farhi, Lee Lawrence, Tom Merriam, and Debbie Merriam. Give us your feedback at WindsorsLosers.com. And please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.
Windsors & Losers Season One Trailer
2:16Who among us can... build their own town? King Charles created an opportunity to flex his untrained architect muscles and create a village, Poundbury, from the ground up. It's taken him more than 30 years, but the results are actually pretty good. Hosts Eva Wolchover and Allie Merriam tee up episode one — out in January! — and introduce themselves and their uniquely American POV on royal commentary. Please subscribe wherever you get your podcasts.