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The British royal family has put up a united front and issued a rare joint statement condemning the BBC making public “exaggerated and baseless claims” in a documentary broadcast in Britain on Monday night.

The new documentary, titled “The Princess and the Press,” focuses on the relationship between royal brothers Prince William and Prince Harry, and the media. Journalists and commentators in the first episode described how the information was obtained, whether from leaks, “dishonest practices” or informal briefings between royal sources and journalists. The special also focused on the brothers’ different points of view when it came to media scrutiny.


According to the network, the goal of the documentary was to find out whether negative stories about the royals were based on information from people associated with other royal houses.

A statement to the BBC by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace regarding the allegations was shown at the end of the programme. They represent the families of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles and William.

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“A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy,” the statement read, as quoted by ITV, “However, it is often exaggerated and baseless claims from unknown sources presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”

In reply, the bbc said The program “How Imperial Journalism is Done and Includes Many Journalists from the Broadcast and Newspaper Industry.”

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“…the film also showed the extent of the threat to privacy from a press hungry for stories about young royals,” he continued. “This included claims from private investigator Gavin Burroughs, who said he now regrets his involvement in pursuing newspaper stories about Prince Harry and his ex-girlfriend, Chelsea Davy.”

He noted that Burrow’s claims “are yet to be tested in court and are strongly disputed.”

Prince William and Prince Harry reunited in July to unveil a statue dedicated to their late mother, Princess Diana.

Representatives for the royal families did not immediately respond to Granthshala News’ request for comment.

At the event, a lawyer for Meghan Markle responded to reports about the Duchess of Sussex allegedly bullying palace staff. The 40-year-old’s team has vehemently denied those claims. It is also noted that the UK Times report came days before the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a television interview.

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“Those stories were false,” Jenny Afia of the law firm Schillings told presenter Amol Rajan, as quoted by ITV. “The narrative that no one can work for the Duchess of Sussex, that she was too tough and demanding as a boss and everyone had to leave, is not true.”

The Voice coach Stewart Pierce, who worked closely with Princess Diana, told Granthshala News that the royal brothers are not feuding. He recently wrote a book about his work with the late Princess of Wales titled “Diana the Voice of Change.”

Meghan Markle's team has strongly denied allegations that the Duchess of Sussex threatened palace staff.

“I know they’re not fighting because I’m with people who know them very well,” he said. “It is a fantasy created by the British press and they are persistent in using it. These are two extraordinary men whose lives, up to a certain point, are intertwined. They were united in their mother’s grief. And They mature. And along the way, they find different paths. They both find two women who complete them, but as you can see, they are different in many ways.”

“My brother and I have a disagreement, but I certainly wouldn’t call it a rift,” Pierce said. “It’s part of human existence. We disagree.”

Back in March, William, 39, became the first British royal to speak out about allegations of bigotry by his younger brother, 37, and his sister-in-law, 67, when they sat down with Winfrey.

That interview revealed tensions between the brothers, who had long been seen as close and who supported each other after their mother’s death in 1997.

This image provided by Harpo Productions shows Prince Harry, from left, and Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, in conversation with Oprah Winfrey.

When asked about his relationship with William, Harry said: “Hope time heals all things.”

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from royal duties began in 2020, in what they described as intrusive British media and racist attitudes towards the former “Suits” star. The family now resides with their two children in the coastal city of Montecito, California.