Prince Harry and Prince William go head to head in battle to become first royals to get an Emmy nomination

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Prince Harry and Prince William go head to head in the race to become the first royal to get an Emmy nomination for their individual documentaries.

Prince Harry and Prince William go head to head in the race to become the first royal to be nominated for a prestigious Emmy award for their individual documentary projects.

The brothers, who are reportedly experiencing a strained relationship following Prince Harry and Meghan's bombshell Oprah Winfrey interview (opens in new tab), are set to face another battle in the coming months that will reflect on the quality of their latest projects.

But the 2021 Emmy Award Nominating Ballots (opens in new tab) will be bittersweet for the royals as one of the documentaries submitted for consideration for an Emmy nomination is the controversial Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special which has been listed in the Outstanding Cinematography for a Non-Fiction Programme (opens in new tab) category.

Meanwhile, Prince Harry's mental health documentary called The Me You Can't See (opens in new tab) has also been submitted to Emmys 2021 for Outstanding hosted Non-Fiction Series or Special (opens in new tab) and various other categories including; Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (opens in new tab) and Outstanding Cinematography for a Non-Fiction Programme (opens in new tab).

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In the Apple TV+ docuseries, Prince Harry opens up about the 'unresolved trauma' (opens in new tab) he faced from childhood and reveals some 'deeply personal truths' (opens in new tab) as he and Oprah Winfrey guide discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their mental health journeys and struggles.

But while it is not yet a nomination, it is considered the first step of the process and will see the Academy vote before the official nominations are announced.

Not only will it be a nail-biting wait to see if Harry is nominated, but he will also face the added pressure of waiting to see if his brother Prince Willam will be in the running for an award too after his documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All was submitted under the Emmys Outstanding Documentary or Non-Fiction Specia (opens in new tab)l category.

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While the brother's documentaries aren't listed in the same categories, it will be an anxious wait to see who gets nominated for what.

And while Harry's wife Meghan Markle (opens in new tab) became the first royal to be submitted for Emmys consideration in 2018 for her role in US legal drama Suits, she failed to be nominated.

So there's a lot at stake for Prince William and Harry, as should whoever gets nominated are to become history makers too.

Prince Harry just might have the advantage as his shows are down for multiple category submissions - including one with wife Meghan for Vax Live (opens in new tab): The Concert To Reunite The World which was co-chaired by Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. It has been submitted to the Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded) (opens in new tab) category.

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Prince Harry is also part of a submission to the category Outstanding Production Design for a Variety, Reality, or Competition series, (opens in new tab) for his participation in The Late Late Show with James Corden: An Afternoon with Prince Harry (opens in new tab) and it's also down for an Outstanding Directing for a comedy series (opens in new tab) submission.

James Corden shows Prince Harry around Los Angeles, drinking tea on an open-top bus, visiting the mansion from the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and running a military-style obstacle course.

The 2021 Emmy nominations will be voted on from 17th-28th June, and unveiled on 13th July 13. The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled to air on Sunday, 19th September on CBS.