The Times and Sunday Times launch The Royals with Roya and Kate

The Times and Sunday Times are launching a new weekly podcast The Royals with Roya and Kate, with the first episode launching on Friday 10 May.

Presented by the royal editors of The Sunday Times and the Times, Roya Nikkhah and Kate Mansey, the podcast will provide listeners with insight into the ever-evolving world of the British monarchy.

As royal traditions and protocols undergo significant upheaval, Roya and Kate will offer perspectives on these shifts, drawing from their experience and inside knowledge.

With years of experience on the royal beat, Roya is known for breaking agenda-setting scoops and her impeccably sourced reporting and has previously secured interviews with His Majesty the King, the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Sussex.

Roya Nikkhah said: “Digging into the royal beat with Kate is always thought-provoking and fun, so I’m excited to invite our readers and listeners to join the conversation with the new podcast.  Every week, we’ll bring our unique insight and analysis to the airwaves, delving behind the headlines to deliver the inside story.”

During her fifteen years in the field of royal reporting, Kate has produced a string of world exclusives. In 2022 she won the London Press Club’s Scoop of the Year award for her royal cash for honours revelations as part of a two-year investigation. Before joining the royal beat, she won a British Press Award for her dispatches from Afghanistan.

Kate Mansey said: “After years of covering the same beat as Roya, it is fantastic to join together for this new podcast. We are both committed to delivering insightful royal coverage, but we also share the view that maintaining a sense of humour is a crucial part of the job.

“There is a global fascination with the royal family and, with that in mind, this podcast will not only appeal to those who follow its impact on the world stage but also those who connect with the human side of the monarchy.”

Tim Levell, head of Times podcasts said: “We’ve loved bringing together Roya and Kate for this podcast. Not only are they the most experienced and respected royal reporters in the industry, but they also get on brilliantly!

“Their revealing yet respectful conversations will rapidly become a must-listen for anyone interested in the latest news around the royal family.

“Roya and Kate will lift the lid on what’s really going on, while weaving in anecdotes from their years of royal reporting, combining expertise with humour.”

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