BBC documentary series The princes and the press offers a compelling analysis of the complex relationship between Prince William and Harry, and the British press.
In the first episode of the two-part program, which airs on Monday 22 November, BBC media editor and Radio 4 presenter Amol Rajan looks at the years between the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and the engagement of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2017.
With over 80 hours of interviews, including with reporters close to some of the greatest royal stories of the past decade, Rajan examines the princes’ changing and increasingly different relationship with the media – while exploring some of the activities illegal activities carried out by certain newspapers which targeted members of the royal family and their associates.
Speak Daily mail, part of the content of The princes and the press have rubbed shoulders with many, including the royals themselves. But, what have we learned about the princes’ relationship with the press from the BBC documentary so far?
One of the highlights of the first episode was the appearance of lawyer Jenny Afia, who represents the Duchess of Sussex. Speaking to Rajan, Afia claimed the bullying allegations printed about the Duchess of Sussex were “false” and said she strongly disagreed with the “narrative” that Markle was “hard to work with” “.
Also appearing in the first part of the document, journalist and author Omid Scobie, who co-wrote the controversial Sussex biography, Find freedom.
In the program, Scobie claimed his “own research and reporting” revealed negative stories about Markle leaked to the press by royals and aides. “There were people who thought that she [Meghan] had to be put back in its place. I think disclosing a negative story is punishment, ”Scobie added.
Meanwhile, former private investigator Gavin Burrows, who previously worked for tabloids, including the now-closed publication World news, revealed he was paid to target Prince Harry’s ex-girlfriend, Chelsy Davy, as the couple dated in 2004. During the interview, Burrows admitted that techniques such as hacking phones were used to track Davy’s every move, and apologized for being part of a group of people “who” stole “Prince Harry from his youth.
Another claim included in the documentary is that Prince Harry overshadowed his father’s royal trip, Prince Charles, to the Middle East in 2016 after the Duke of Sussex released a statement criticizing media coverage of his then girlfriend, Markle.
“That’s the big no-no in the Royal Family. You don’t do anything while another member of the Royal Family is on tour, it could possibly overshadow this tour,” said Royal Sky reporter Rhiannon Mills. , in the program.
As the Daily mail reports, Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace issued rare joint statement in response to BBC The princes and the press, which was also shown at the end of the first episode.
“A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance for a healthy democracy. However, all too often it is exaggerated and unfounded claims by anonymous sources that are presented as fact and it is disappointing that anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility. “
The princes and the press continues Monday, November 29 at 9 p.m. on BBC Two.