The British royal family slams the BBC, accusing the BBC of giving credence to “exaggerated and baseless claims” a new documentary which sheds light on the relationship between the media and the younger generation of Windsor.
princes and press, the first part of which aired on UK television on Monday night, examines how the media has dealt with young royal couples – the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William, Kate Middleton) and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (Prince Harry, Meghan Markle) How have you dealt with ) – and the disparity in press coverage between the two.
The three royal families – Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House – have called the two-part series “disappointing” and have criticized the BBC for lending “credibility” to the idea that other members of the royal family have visited the Sussexes. Harmful information was leaked about press for years.
“A free, responsible and open press is vital to a healthy democracy. However, too often it exaggerates and baseless claims from unknown sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility. ,” read the statement, which was broadcast at the end of the program’s telecast on Monday.
BBC media editor Amol Rajan spent months together interview for documentary, which included speaking with journalists and private investigators who found themselves part of the royal narrative.
Some of the inappropriate – and in some cases, disturbing – inner workings of his documentaries have been kept hidden from the public.
For example, Gavin Burroughs, a private investigator hired by the now-defunct News of the World, describes how he “ruthlessly” accessed the medical records of one of Prince Harry’s former girlfriends. Worked, in an attempt to determine if she ever had an STI or a miscarriage.
“I was basically part of a group of guys who robbed (Harry) of his normal teenage years,” he tells the camera.
Several journalists interviewed claimed that there is an “untold deal” between the royal family and the press, and that the family provides access to news outlets that promise favorable coverage.
“The Windsor Deal gets the royals to live in a palace, they get some taxpayer funding, in return as long as they provide access and a steady supply of stories and illustrations, they get favorable coverage and this allows them to It helps to renew your emotional contract with the people,” Rajan tells the audience. “But the deal only works if both sides stay on their side of the bargain. And the question is: ‘Will Princess Diana’s kids want to play that game?'”
The first episode covers events from the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth in 2012 to the Sussexes’ 2018 wedding. At first, the media seemed excited about a new generation of royals, but over time the Duke and Duchess of Sussex turned sour. Reports about the couple became increasingly racist and misogynistic, which was never a problem for the Cambridges.
“William and Harry’s relationship with the media was fundamentally formed from their experiences in their childhood and their mother’s relationship with the media,” describes Victoria Murphy, a royal contributor to the documentary. “And it’s completely shaped everything in how they both look at media. But we’ve seen that as they both get older, how it manifests itself in different ways and in different ways.” which they have adopted.”
The film examines some of the illegal activities, such as hacking and wire tapping, that landed the press in hot water in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and how these activities were used to target members of the royal family. it was done.
The first episode also details some of the competition between the royal families, and journalists share how quickly members of the royal family become attached to each other. Several interviewers from the film share how willing various houses are to leak unpleasant information to the press.
Richard Palmer of the Daily Express says in the film, “I think in the best of times, the castle is a viper’s nest and there’s always something going on in it.”
As of this writing, princes and press Not available for streaming or viewing (yet) in Canada.