The Reading / Listening - British Royal Family - Level 2

Britain's royal family is in shock. The Queen's grandson Prince Harry decided to leave the UK and walk away from the royal family. Harry and his wife will move to Canada. They want a life away from the media in the UK. Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, died after paparazzi photographers chased her car. Harry does not want journalists to affect his wife and baby son. Harry told the world about his decision on Instagram. He wrote: "We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family." Living in Canada will provide his family, "with the space to focus on the next chapter".



The UK media said the Queen was not happy with Harry's decision. The Queen, Harry's father Prince Charles and brother Prince William talked to Harry about his future. Charles might cut off money to his son. Harry and Meghan have titles as members of the royal family. If they leave the UK, they may lose their titles. They hope to make money from their fame. The opinion of people in the UK is divided. Some say Harry is a traitor; others support Harry and say the media was racist towards Meghan. London's museum Madame Tussauds has removed Meghan and Harry from its display.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    British Royal Family - Level 0 British Royal Family - Level 1   or  British Royal Family - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/09/uk/prince-harry-queen-announcement-gbr-intl/index.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/09/prince-harry-meghan-decision
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/09/meghan-flies-back-canada-archie-staying-nanny-12033794


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Britain's royal family
  2. walk away from
  3. They want a life away
  4. paparazzi photographers
  5. affect his
  6. Harry told the world
  7. step back as senior
  8. space to focus
  1. the royal family
  2. wife
  3. members
  4. is in shock
  5. on the next chapter
  6. from the media
  7. chased her car
  8. about his decision

Paragraph 2

  1. Charles might cut off
  2. members of the
  3. they may lose
  4. They hope to make money
  5. The opinion of people in
  6. Some say Harry
  7. the media was racist
  8. removed Meghan and Harry
  1. from their fame
  2. money to his son
  3. towards Meghan
  4. the UK is divided
  5. royal family
  6. from its display
  7. their titles
  8. is a traitor

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Britain's royal family (1) __________________. The Queen's grandson Prince Harry (2) ___________________ the UK and walk away from the royal family. Harry and his wife will move to Canada. They want (3) ___________________ from the media in the UK. Harry's mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, died after paparazzi photographers (4) ___________________. Harry does not want journalists to affect his wife and baby son. Harry told the world (5) ___________________ on Instagram. He wrote: "We intend to step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family." Living in Canada will provide his family, "with the (6) ___________________ on the next chapter".

The UK media said the Queen was (7) ___________________ Harry's decision. The Queen, Harry's father Prince Charles and brother Prince William talked to Harry (8) ___________________. Charles might cut off money to his son. Harry and Meghan have (9) ___________________ of the royal family. If they leave the UK, they may lose their titles. They hope to make money (10) ___________________. The opinion of people in the UK is divided. Some say Harry (11) ___________________; others support Harry and say the media was racist towards Meghan. London's museum Madame Tussauds has removed Meghan and Harry (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Britain'sroyalfamilyisinshock.TheQueen'sgrandsonPrinceHarrydeci
dedtoleavetheUKandwalkawayfromtheroyalfamily.Harryandhiswife
willmovetoCanada.TheywantalifeawayfromthemediaintheUK.Harry
'smother,Diana,PrincessofWales,diedafterpaparazziphotographers
chasedhercar.Harrydoesnotwantjournaliststoaffecthiswifeandbaby
son.HarrytoldtheworldabouthisdecisiononInstagram.Hewrote:"Wei
ntendtostepbackas'senior'membersoftheRoyalFamily."LivinginCan
adawillprovidehisfamily,"withthespacetofocusonthenextchapter".T
heUKmediasaidtheQueenwasnothappywithHarry'sdecision.TheQue
en,Harry'sfatherPrinceCharlesandbrotherPrinceWilliamtalkedtoHar
ryabouthisfuture.Charlesmightcutoffmoneytohisson.HarryandMeg
hanhavetitlesasmembersoftheroyalfamily.IftheyleavetheUK,theym
aylosetheirtitles.Theyhopetomakemoneyfromtheirfame.Theopinio
nofpeopleintheUKisdivided.SomesayHarryisatraitor;otherssupport
HarryandsaythemediawasracisttowardsMeghan.London'smuseum
MadameTussaudshasremovedMeghanandHarryfromitsdisplay.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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