Downton Abbey and Kate Middleton could share a new bond, and it’s come from an even unlikelier source. Downton Abbey has been the subject of new political talks, as it’s claimed the hit ITV drama could ‘help UK business’.
Name-dropped alongside the royal family in a recent House of Lords Committee, peers heard how the popular pair could boost the country’s global business.
It isn’t the first time the royals have been the subject of boosting the ‘British brand’, and no more so than Kate Middleton.
The new discussion was raised by former engineering boss David Stanley, who pushed the idea of establishing ‘a dialogue and trust’ with foreign businesses via the 20th century drama.
'If it’s Downton Abbey or the Olympics or the opening of Parliament, they are all areas where you can establish a dialogue and trust,' David said.
Championing the more traditional approach, John Barry, the Shell coroporation's chairmain in Abu Dhabi, added: 'There's a significant number of countries where [the Royal Family] are incredibly important in creating contacts at the top level.'
The committee’s chairman, Conservative Lord Howell of Guildford, concluded: “So we now have a paradox where royalty is leading us into a new era of soft power.”
Outside of parliament though, Downton Abbey continues to make headlines for it’s controversial scenes and brave script writing. While, new mum, the Duchess of Cambridge, still captures the nation’s hearts - one high street purchase at a time.
With the nation gripped on next week’s Downton Abbey season 4 finale, the popular show may find itself under the watchful eye of politicians too.
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By Jessica Bridgeman