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The BBC’s latest documentary is expected to cause quite a stir within the royal family after they were reportedly barred from previewing it before its release this week.
The Princes and the Press, which is a two-part series for BBC Two, is said to document the troubled brotherhood between Prince William and Prince Harry in recent years and their relationship with the media.
While chatting with royal commentator Camilla Tominey on Tuesday morning about the documentary, Today host Ally Langdon spoke about why it’s predicted to spark controversy and the royal family’s impending reaction.
“I always just feel that you only get upset if there is something to hide, don’t you?” she remarked.
“I don’t know, I’ve got nothing to hide,” co-host Karl Stefanovic quipped.
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) November 22, 2021
It’s expected that The Princes and the Press will make ‘incendiary’ claims about William and Harry following the Duke of Sussex’s decision to step away from royal duties.
Daily Mail has claimed that The Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge are reportedly threatening to boycott the BBC after they failed to give them ‘a proper right of reply’.
If the trio ends up complaining to the UK’s media regulator Ofcom as expected, it would be the ‘first time in history’ that a monarch has done so.
Meghan Markle filed her own complaints with Ofcom and ITV in September after Piers Morgan said he didn’t believe what she had said during her interview with Oprah Winfrey, although they ended up being cleared.
The arrival of the BBC’s latest documentary comes just a few months after Prince William issued a scathing statement about the BBC, blaming their interview with his mother Princess Diana in 1995 for “fuelling her paranoia”.
“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others,” he said in May.
“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.”
While the first episode of The Princes and the Press focuses on the royal brothers in the early 2000s, part two is expected to document the tumultuous period of 2018 to 2021.
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