Royal Family Declares New Documentary ‘Disappointing’ For Airing ‘Unfounded Claims’

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The families representing Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and Prince Charles issued a rare statement of solidarity against the BBC.

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The royal family issued a statement on Monday calling a new BBC Two documentary “disappointing” after the outlet aired the first part of its series examining the complicated relationship between the royals and the media.

The episode, “The Princess and the Press”, which airs on Monday nights, was hosted and explored by BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan Prince William‘Sand Prince Harrydealing with the press.

It included interviews with various royal correspondents and “looked at suggestions for briefings and counter-briefings, and whether negative stories about the royals were based on information from people associated with other royal houses,” according to the BBC.

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representing families Queen Elizabeth, Prince William and prince charles issued a rare statement of solidarity against the BBC, which was included at the end of the episode.

Members of the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace on the occasion of the centenary of the RAF in London on July 10, 2018.
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A joint statement by Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House said: “A free, responsible and open press is vital to a healthy democracy.” “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.”

The statement did not specify which claims are believed to be unfounded.

The BBC said the program was intended to show “how royal journalism is done and involved many journalists from the broadcast and newspaper industry.”

The broadcast of the documentary reportedly influenced Kate Middleton and Prince William’s abrupt decision to ban the BBC from airing their upcoming Christmas special, the sun reported on Wednesday.

The BBC declined to comment on Wednesday. Kensington Palace did not return a request for comment.

“The Princess and the Press” took a more in-depth look at how some royals – and their different families – crossed a difficult line between personal and professional relationships within their own families. Sky News royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills provided some insight into how the royal households operate as “silos.”

“Within each household, there is still competition about getting coverage for their causes, the tours they are doing,” Mills said, according to insider,

“When I tried to interview Prince Charles and ask him about his sons maybe involved in championing causes around young people, Prince Charles brushed it off. He didn’t want to talk about it. wanted.”

Harper’s Bazaar royal editor and “Finding Freedom” author Omid Scobie also spoke of leaking “harmful and negative press” about each other in homes.

“Stay there [a] There have been rumors for quite some time that the most damaging and negative stories about Harry and Meghan that have ended up in the pages of the press have come from other royal houses or other royal aides or courtiers,” he said. “And from my own reporting and research this is absolutely true.”

Princess Harry and William attend the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace's Sunken Gardens on July 1.  The brothers put aside their differences to attend the event, which would have been his 60th birthday.
Princess Harry and William attend the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana, at Kensington Palace’s Sunken Gardens on July 1. The brothers put aside their differences to attend the event, which would have been his 60th birthday.
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Prince Harry regularly spoken Against the media over the years, and in particular lashed out at the UK tabloids. During the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s interview with Oprah Winfrey earlier this year, Harry shed some light on this. “invisible contract” Some of his family members are with the media.

“I am well aware of how scared my family is of the tabloids turning on the royal family,” he said. “It’s a matter of if you as a family member are willing to drink, dine and give full access to journalists, you’ll get better press.”

Duke said that “there is a level of control over the fear that has existed from a generation.”

When Meghan and Harry announced in 2020 they were stepping down from royal duties, they said they would end your relationship With the Royal Rota, the group of journalists from British media outlets who cover the royals.

And despite differences in how the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex work with the press, the brothers issued separate statements earlier this year, calling on the BBC and now-former BBC journalist Martin Bashir for the same. The “Cheating Way” outlet obtained an interview With his mother, the late Princess Diana, in 1995.

Harry will have a chance to tell his side of the story Upcoming Memoirs, which is due to end next year.

He said in a statement earlier, “I am so grateful for the opportunity to share what I have learned so far during my life and am excited for people to read a direct account of my life that is accurate. And it’s completely true.” Year.

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