Queen 'not happy' about BBC royal documentary says expert
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The Queen is reportedly “not happy” with a BBC documentary airing tonight on Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship with the press. Lorraine Kelly discussed the controversial documentary with royal editor Russell Myers on Monday’s edition of her ITV morning show and the expert noted senior royals were considering “boycotting the BBC”.
Lorraine began: “A new documentary tonight looking at Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship with the press has reportedly upset senior royals including the Queen.”
“Well I don’t think the Queen is altogether happy, I don’t think the royals are too happy about this,” Russell replied.
“This revolves around a BBC documentary which is airing tonight at nine o’clock on BBC Two it’s called The Princes and the Press.
“Basically it revolves around Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship with the media.”
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He continued: “Now the issue is Buckingham Palace are complaining saying they haven’t been shown a preview of the programme.
“Now this is a bit of a sticky wicket because in the one sense they are saying they essentially haven’t been given the right to reply, they want to be able to see it and to give a full valuation of it.
“However, journalistically I don’t think the BBC, any broadcaster or any national news organisation would necessarily give the whole concept of what they’re working.
“They would give the context of it but not the full film.”
Russell explained: “We do understand there is a tri-household agreement between the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William to say if they don’t get what they want they may boycott the BBC in the future.
“Now when the establishment is fighting the establishment you know you’ve got a bit of a war on your hands.”
“I think you’re right,” Lorraine agreed. “Do not mess with the Queen.
BBC Two’s The Princes and the Press sees Amol Rajan investigate the different journeys the Dukes and Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex have had with the media.
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The first instalment of this two-part documentary focuses on the years following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the positive media reaction to the emergence of a new generation of royals.
“Is she going to be happy with the new series of The Crown?” Lorraine continued.
“We’ve seen some more images of that coming out this weekend.”
Russell replied: “Imelda Staunton who’s playing the Queen in the fifth series looks absolutely formidable, lots of talk about the new series coming up, lots of talk about Princess Diana how she’s portrayed.
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“One of the main central themes is the 1992 Annus Horribilis which the Queen discussed at the end of the year.
“The horrible year which was one of the worst periods of her life, two of her sons’ relationships had broken down, the Windsor Castle fire, the controversy with Fergie having her toes sucked in the south of France – it was all there.
“Now the Queen and the rest of the Royal Family some of them have watched it in the past we do know.”
“But I think they’ll be watching behind the sofa on this one,” he added.
Lorraine airs on ITV now weekdays at 9am. The Princes and the Press airs on BBC Two tonight at 9pm.
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