BBC’s biggest feuds with the Royal Family

Princes and the Press: Prince William left feeling 'very raw'

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Despite having been commissioned to film an insider documentary of the British Monarch back in 1969, the BBC has since been involved in a number of public feuds with the Royal Family. From the iconic BBC interview with Princess Diana to the latest ‘The Princes and the Press’ documentary, it is not uncommon for the public broadcaster to push boundaries when it comes to the Royals – and these are the Royal Family’s biggest feuds with the BBC to date.

THE ROYAL FAMILY have publicly expressed their outrage at the BBC since the first episode of ‘The Princes and the Press’ aired just three days ago – but when else have the Royals been in a feud with the BBC?

The Royal Family have come to head with the BBC on multiple occasions with everything from intrusive interviews to bias reporting sparking anger between the two prolific British institutions.

In recent years, the relationship between the Firm and the press has been cast into the spotlight particularly following the departure of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The British broadcaster has recently been subject to claims of unfair and biased reporting in their latest documentary, which explores the relationship between Prince Harry, Prince William and the press.

After a turbulent year of the ‘Megxit’ drama, the Royal Family continue to battle the media when it comes to the Cambridge’s versus the Sussex’s – but when else has the BBC been forced to apologise to the Monarch?

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Martin Bashir interview with Princess Diana

The infamous interview between Martin Bashir and Princess Diana resurfaced in recent years when new evidence found the BBC journalist had faked bank statements to Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer.

Back in 1995, the BBC landed an exclusive interview with Princess Diana which saw the first wife of Prince Charles bare all on her relationship with the Prince of Wales.

The unforgettable interview shed light on the heartbreaking truth of Princess Diana’s life but it was later found the broadcaster had used deceitful measures to secure the interview.

Branded an ‘unethical practice’, the interview sparked outrage with Prince Harry and Prince William years later.

In a public statement, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge said: “It is my view that the deceitful way the interview was obtained substantially influenced what my mother said.

The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.”

Speaking on his mother’s tragic death, Prince William added:

“It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.”

Prince Harry also publicly spoke out against the BBC, adding that the broadcaster had exploited his mother’s fragile state while married to his father, Prince Charles.

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The Duke of Sussex said: “Our mother was an incredible woman who dedicated her life to service. She was resilient, brave, and unquestionably honest.

“The ripple effect of a culture of exploitation and unethical practices ultimately took her life.”

During the interview, Princess Diana spoke candidly about the breakdown of her relationship, adding insightful details about her time in the palace.

Following a six-month-long investigation into the interview, the BBC was forced to issue a full and unconditional apology to the public and the Royal Family.

The BBC’s director-general, Tim Davie, said the interview “fell far short of what audiences have a right to expect”, adding the broadcaster had also written to Diana’s sons, Princes Harry and William.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex VS BBC

In June this year, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex threatened to sue the BBC for libel after a story which included the nickname of their newborn daughter, Lilibet, was published by the broadcaster.

The spat arose when there was confusion over whether or not the couple asked Queen Elizabeth II for permission to use her personal nickname ‘Lilibet’ for their daughter.

After a number of other British news outlets picked up on the BBC report, the Sussexes instructed their London based law firm to send out a legal letter which branded the BBC’s report ‘false and defamatory’.

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