Royal family release rare joint statement as they hit back at BBC documentary

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Louis of Cambridge, Prince George of Cambridge, Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, Queen Elizabeth ll,
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The Royal Family has spoken out against a new BBC documentary that explores Prince William and Prince Harry's relationship with the press.

  • The statement came from Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace after BBC aired new documentary 'The Princes and the Press'.
  • This documentary comes after months of speculation that there is a rift between Prince William and Harry following Harry and Meghan’s bombshell Oprah Winfrey Interview earlier this year, as well as their departure from the monarchy. 
  • This royal news comes after Kate Middleton’s ‘frugal’ gift to the Queen that helped forge their close bond was revealed.

In a rare move, the royal family has released a joint statement to the BBC, following the airing of a new BBC Two documentary, ‘The Princes and The Press’.

The documentary, which aired on the 22nd of November presented by Amol Rajan, prompted the royal houses of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House, and Kensington Palace to speak out over information shared in the program.

The statement, which was shown at the end of the documentary read, ‘A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy. 

‘However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.'

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive for the unveiling of a statue of their mother, Princess Diana at The Sunken Garden in Kensington Palace, London on July 1, 2021

The documentary explores the relationship between Prince William and Prince Harry, and how they have been covered by the press throughout their lives. It also covers the time period after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the news of Harry and Meghan’s relationship, and press coverage of their engagement.

This comes after months of speculation about a rift between the Firm and Prince Harry and Meghan after they stepped back as senior royals and moved to LA.

: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales attend the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 9, 2020 in London, England.

These rumors were sparked further after Harry’s explosive claims in Apple TV’s ‘The Me You Can’t See and the announcement of a tell-all memoir, which reportedly left the Queen ‘extremely concerned.’

The next instalment of the docu-series, according to the Mirror, will cover the royal tours of both the Cambridges and Sussexes.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Lifestyle team and has recently earned her Gold Standard Diploma in Journalism from the NCTJ. She has a background in design, having studied Illustration at Plymouth University but has taken a leap into the world of journalism after always having a passion for writing. She currently writes pieces on beauty, fashion, and entertainment for and My Imperfect Life.