William and Kate 'ban BBC from showing Christmas concert' amid documentary row
By SEAMLESS DAILY
24 November 2021
The latest dose has been Amol Rajan's new BBC documentary The Princes And The Press, exploring the different ways Prince William and Harry engage with the media.
It is said the Cambridges have opted to turn their back on the Beeb after its two-part series The Princes and the Press kicked off on Monday night.
And to have the Duchess leading on it is a big deal," they said.
The source added ITV were "very surprised but delighted" to the call offering them the show.
In a joint statement shown at the end of Monday's broadcast, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House said : "A free, responsible and open Press is of vital importance to healthy democracy.
"however, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the bbc, gives them credibility."
The three senior royal households- Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace- have issued a statement criticising the broadcaster for "giving credibility" to "overblown and unfounded claims" This is significant for the BBC, who are well aware royal documentaries generate guaranteed coverage and attention, as is playing out.
The first episode of the two-part documentary examined the relationship between the media and the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.
It looked at the tensions for the two royals between the benefits of publicity and the downsides of intrusion- and how they tried to handle the press.
The documentary, using first-hand testimony from correspondents, looked at suggestions of briefings and counter-briefings, and whether negative stories about the royals were based on information from people connected to other royal households.
This included claims by private investigator Gavin Burrows, who said he now regretted his involvement in chasing newspaper stories about Prince Harry and his ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy.
"As explained to me by a couple of editors, Harry had basically become the new Diana," said Mr Burrow, who is a witness in legal proceedings being brought against news organisations.
His claims are yet to be tested in court and are strongly disputed.
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With a healthy majority ( 62 percent ) of the public supporting the monarchy ( 84 percent among 65s and over ), their influence among the British people is clear.
This has created a conflicting, double edged relationship with the media : reliant on them for royal coverage, while also subject to immense scrutiny.
The Royal Family have been less than impressed, with the Queen said to be unhappy and reportedly joining with Prince Charles and William in threatening to boycott future projects with the corporation.
The Royals, despite their largely ceremonial role, have huge political and financial interests in Britain.
What's to say such lobbying would stop with the Queen?
There is no doubt the Royals have some justification in their anger towards the media.
The means by which Martin Bashir obtained an interview with the late Princess Diana were an anathema to good journalism ( even though Diana said she had 'no regrets' about the interview ).
Amol Rajan is a superb journalist- one of the BBC's finest.
If he did, the chilling effect on future Royal investigative journalism would ensure coverage can not occur without fear or favour.
*The Princes And The Price concludes next week on BBC One.
The BBC was accused of giving credibility to 'overblown and unfounded claims' about the Royal Family last night as it broadcast a controversial documentary about William and Harry- which also included an interview from Meghan Markle's lawyer.
'there's mouthpiece '- that insiders from other royal households had briefed against the sussexes.
though the palace only provided a written statement, the episode featured an appearance from jenny afia, a lawyer from schillings who works with the duchess of sussex spoke on camera and denied reports that meghan.
' I think by leaking a negative story, that's punishment,' he said.
Former BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt was among the dozens of journalists and commentators interviewed for the programme.
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