About Richard Fitzwilliams

DAW_3116Richard Fitzwilliams has given c1,500 interviews and numerous radio interviews. He is a royal commentator, film critic, public relations consultant and lecturer. He also gives interviews on the honours system, film awards ceremonies, portraiture, etiquette and obituaries.

He contributed to major royal and film stories on CNN 2001-23 BBC News Channel (film reviews, honours, royal stories, obituaries, paper reviews when H.M. The Queen died), Al Jazeera (royal stories, films), GB News, Good Morning Britain (debates on royal topics), Talk TV, Sky Australia, Channel 7 and Channel 9 (Australia), ITV (royal stories, films), TRT World (films, royal stories). He is an occasional contributor to Sky News, Global News, CBC, CTV, BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, Radio 5 Live, BBC World Service, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio Scotland, LBC, BBC Radio Ulster, Siren FM (co-presenter 2011-), Times Radio,  Newstalk 106 (Dublin) RTE, RAI, U105,  RTL, ZDF, NTN 24, Fr2TV, ORF, Radio New Zealand, NPR  (USA), Newstalk ZB, Arise News, ABC (Australia), WION (India), Telemundo (Brazil), BFBS, ARD, ABC, NBC and CBS, Fox News, Reuters, PA, AFP and numerous local radios. He did numerous obituaries of H.M. The Queen and H.R.H. Prince Philip, over 100 media interviews on Harry and Meghan stepping down, 90 media interviews on the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, 80 on the birth of Prince George, 60 on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 30 on the 20th Anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, 25 on the Duke of Edinburgh’s retirement, numerous obituaries of the Duke and his funeral, 50 on the engagement between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, 30 on Accession Day 2022 and 60 on the Platinum Jubilee. He covered Harry and Meghan’s wedding live for The Royal Box for Yahoo.com and did numerous CNN pieces, also BBC World, France 24, NHK and numerous other TV and radio interviews and also Archie’s birth for CTV, CNN etc. also numerous interviews on “Megxit”. He also appeared in numerous documentaries on royalty (Channel 5, Rogan Productions, ITN etc) and is frequently quoted in the Newsweek, Washington Post, USA Today, the Mail Online, Newsweek, the Express, the Sun and numerous media outlets. He has debated at the Oxford Union and the University of Exeter on the monarchy and is a columnist for Express Online 2022-.

He is the regular weekly film critic for Talk Radio Europe (Spain) and Siren FM (Lincoln), also a reviewer for www.Movies1.co.uk (online ) and has reviewed the film awards ceremonies for CNN, Al Jazeera, TRT World etc. Also obituaries of top actors and reviews of films in certain genres, Exodus Gods and Kings (30 reviews), Saving Private Ryan (23 reviews), several for The Queen, The Favourite etc. Several for The Crown (TV series).

Richard Fitzwilliams has a unique background for this kind of specialised activity, having been Editor of the prestigious THE INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO, the standard work of its type, from 1975 to 2001. He also arranged and fronted the publicity and met many of the entrants.

He has his own company, FITZWILLIAMS ASSOCIATES, and promoted the annual exhibition of THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS 2002-22 and THE THREADNEEDLE PRIZE for figurative art for five years, both at the MALL GALLERIES and THE SHOW GOES ON, an exhibition of theatrical portraits by the Society in 2020 . He promoted an exhibition Great Houses and Gardens of England by Phoebe Dickinson,in November 2023.

Richard Fitzwilliams has also promoted exhibitions of the works of top portrait painters, MICHAEL NOAKES and DAPHNE TODD (promoted exhibitions 2009, 2012, 2015), a portrait of the QUEEN by JEFF STULTIENS, a portrait of TONY BLAIR for sculptress SHENDA AMERY, an exhibition of photography by JURGEN SCHADEBERG, a HELP FOR HEROES event at the Naval and Military Club and THE LYNN PAINTER-STAINERS PRIZE as well as the ALEXANDER GOUDIE RETROSPECTIVE at the MALL GALLERIES in 2016.

Richard Fitzwilliams has been a contributor to THE LONDON AND UK DATEBOOK, the quarterly magazine for event managers for which he wrote the ARTSCENE column and reviewed charitable events 1997-2021. He covered LONDON FASHION WEEK for some years. He recited from Shakespeare to raise funds for THE GLOBE with MARK RYLANCE, debated at the UNIVERSITY OF LONDON and appeared in several films including HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHERS STONE, JOHNNY ENGLISH and I CAPTURE THE CASTLE.

HELLO magazine has done a profile on Richard Fitzwilliams as has The Guardian and The Asahi Shimbun. The Cape Times (South Africa), The Hampstead and Highgate Express and Hendon Times have done several.

Richard Fitzwilliams has given talks at the National Army Museum, Hurlingham, HQS Wellington and various other clubs and societies on his specialist subjects such as royalty, Who’s Who, the Honours system, “swords and sandals” epics, monarchy on screen and on Mutiny on the Bounty, including fronting and scripting two three hour events at the CINEMA MUSEUM in 2014. He has also been a guest lecturer at the Universities of London, Hult and Syracuse. Full page articles by him appeared in the Express on Who’s Who and on the Honours System in December 2010, on royalty on screen in 2012, on biblical epics in 2014 and online on the Queen and Duke’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary for Express in 2017. Also in the Commonwealth magazine Round Table, in The Metro on Princess Anne at 70 as well as the Sankei Shimbun in 2019/20 and pieces on Peter O’Toole (obituary) and Dutch royalty for CNN online as well as several for Metro and Express Online. He has a monthly column in Express Online.

Richard Fitzwilliams has attended an unusual mix of London events, including NELSON MANDELA’s address to both Houses of Parliament, the famous Commons debate where HESELTINE wielded the mace and the Lords debate on Section 24 where the abseiling took place. Also the post-premiere party of FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL where ELIZABETH HURLEY wore ‘That Dress’ and Ivana Trump’s engagement party at SYON HOUSE which was the most spectacular of its type. The BALLROOM at BUCKINGHAM PALACE, dressed for a State Banquet, which he reviewed, is unforgettably gorgeous as was LA SALLE DES FETES at the ELYSEE PALACE. He attended the first night of PETER O’TOOLE’s notorious MACBETH and also the Celebration of his remarkable life, both at the OLD VIC.