BBC ‘lost popularity’ with palace and license payers after royal documentary on princes

Queen 'not happy' about BBC royal documentary says expert

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The BBC has been at the centre of a royal controversy over the past few weeks due to the documentary The Princes and the Press, a two-part documentary hosted by presenter Amol Rajan. The series examined the fractured relationship between Prince William and Harry and the British press. It also highlighted the tainted relationship between two institutions, the monarchy and the BBC, which have been thought to have an “understanding” in the past that has seen the BBC film the footage of many royal events. 

Royal expert Neil Sean spoke about the “nail in the coffin” between the institutions. 

He said: “Now Prince William is considering yet another BBC pullout. Let me explain behind this particular thought process.

“Every year the BAFTAs are screened on primetime BBC1 in February. It is well attended good ratings for the BBC.

“But Prince William, as you can imagine, is looking at all things BBC right now, and pondering the effects of whether it’s still viable to be associated with the British Broadcasting Corporation.

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“One idea which we told you about on the channel a few days ago, is that they could simply go down the streaming route, this will be far more effective.

“And what Prince William, were told, also truly believes is that they could reach a younger audience more people actively involved getting into the arts and seeing exactly BAFTA is all about.

“It does make sense because less and less people are watching traditional television, as you can imagine.

“Now what’s also interesting is that if they decide to go down this route it will be cheaper for BAFTA and of course, they would get no doubt a bigger audience.

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“But this really would be the final nail in the coffin between the British monarchy and of course, the British Broadcasting Corporation.

“What a shambles that this has become when you think about it, all to do with the fact that someone wanted to make a documentary slighting the two princes and of course, the media and the press.

“What truly emerged about that documentary though was it was particularly one sided as we all saw.

“I don’t need to go into major detail, but right now, the BBC could not be lower rating in the popularity of the licence fee payers here in the United Kingdom, and no doubt more so in the palaces of the monarchy.”

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The documentary was criticised and a joint statement was aired at the end of the documentary from Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House.

It read: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

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