The queen and I: Meet the ‘poshcast’ star spilling royal secrets

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The queen and I: Meet the ‘poshcast’ star spilling royal secrets

At 90, Lady Pamela Hicks is charming a new generation with a podcast about aristocratic antics

Claire Cohen

It is arguably not a great start, when interviewing Britain’s latest podcasting sensation, for them to ask: “And what is a podcast?”

But Lady Pamela Hicks is no ordinary digital star. At 90, the daughter of Lord Louis Mountbatten has been persuaded by her daughter, India Hicks, 52, to share her unique perspective on British history. And, as Prince Philip’s first cousin and a lifelong friend of the queen, she can certainly lay claim to that.

Each episode is a glimpse into a disappearing world: aristocratic love affairs and royal shenanigans in the dying days of the empire, warmly told by Lady Pamela, who has wicked comic timing and isn’t afraid to admonish her daughter, calling her a “silly goose”. It’s had 100,000 downloads and is leading the “poshcasting” trend, with Princess Eugenie having recently announced her own project...

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