Prince William ‘would not brief press against brother’ says insider
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Prince William and Prince Harry’s relationship with the media was laid bare by the new BBC documentary. ‘The Princes and the Press’. The two-parter examined the relationship between the brothers and the media.
However, the BBC faced more than 150 complaints from viewers who claimed the documentary was “disrespectful” to the Royal Family.
Many of the complaints said the programme should not have been aired.
The BBC publishes such responses when it has received more than 100 complaints about a show.
Ahead of the second part – which aired on Monday – William and other senior royals hit out at the corporation in a furious joint statement.
Kensington Palace, Clarence House and Buckingham Palace accused the broadcaster of giving airtime to “overblown and unfounded claims”.
The statement shown at the end of programme from the Royal households said: “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.”
In a statement, the BBC defended the documentary and said: “The Princes and the Press explored the relationship between the media and the monarchy, focusing on the younger royals.
“It included interviews with a range of print and broadcast reporters who follow the royals closely.”
The statement added: “We conducted more than 80 hours of interviews and sought views from a wide variety of contributors.
“This included approaches to Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House for comment or for a representative to be interviewed for this series.
“A joint statement issued by them was included in both programmes.”
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The documentary was hosted by Amol Rajan – who has also faced backlash after making a grovelling apology for “rude and immature” comments made about the Royal Family.
In an open letter to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after they announced they were expecting their first child in December 2012, Mr Rajan called on the couple to “renounce the luxuries of royal patronage and aristocracy” as he described their public role as a “total fraud”.
In another column on the Diamond Jubilee in January 2012, Mr Rajan accused the Duke of Edinburgh of being a “racist buffoon” and described Prince Charles as “scientifically illiterate”.
The republican BBC media editor said sorry for “foolish commentary from a former life”.
He tweeted: “I want to say I deeply regret it.
“I wrote things that were rude and immature and I look back on them now with real embarrassment, and ask myself what I was thinking, frankly…”
In a second tweet, he said: “I would like to say sorry for any offence they caused then or now.
“I’m completely committed to impartiality and hope our recent programmes can be judged on their merits”.
A BBC spokesman said: “This article predates Amol’s work at the BBC.
“Once journalists join the BBC, they leave past views at the door.
“Amol is an experienced BBC journalist who reports on all of the topics he covers in an impartial way and in line with the BBC’s editorial guidelines.
“All BBC current affairs output is required to be impartial.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment
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