For the first time on British television, more than a dozen immediate members of the Royal Family will share their own memories of Prince Philip. The unique programme titled ‘Prince Philip: The Royal Family Remembers’ will be broadcast on BBC One on September 22/
Prince Charles and his three siblings Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward will all feature in the programme.
Adult grandchildren of the Duke of Edinburgh, including Prince William, Prince Harry, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Peter Phillips and Zara Tindall, have all taken part in the one-hour show.
The interviews were conducted before and after Prince Philip’s passing in April, 2021.
The BBC said the show would feature “poignant recollections, plenty of humour and numerous fresh insights into the character and legacy of this royal pioneer”.
The Queen, 95, has not been interviewed for the programme.
Meghan Markle and the Duchess of Cambridge along with other spouses of the Queen and Philip’s grandchildren are not expected to appear.
Documentary-makers were also granted unprecedented access inside Buckingham Palace.
They were able to meet long-serving staff of the royals and capture Prince Philip’s study, private office and library.
The BBC added: “With special access to the Queen’s private cine-film collection, this film is an unrivalled portrait of a man with a unique place in royal history – by those who knew him best.”
The special programme had originally been sanctioned to mark the Duke of Edinburgh’s 100th birthday.
Prince Philip sadly died at the age of 99 on April 9 – two months before the major milestone.
His funeral took place in front of just 30 guests due to coronavirus restrictions at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on April 17.
The Queen issued a heartfelt message on the death of her husband of 73 years as she marked her 95th birthday on April 21.
She said: “I have, on the occasion of my 95th birthday today, received many messages of good wishes, which I very much appreciate.
“While as a family we are in a period of great sadness, it has been a comfort to us all to see and to hear the tributes paid to my husband, from those within the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and around the world.
“My family and I would like to thank you for all the support and kindness shown to us in recent days
“We have been deeply touched, and continue to be reminded that Philip had such an extraordinary impact on countless people throughout his life.”
The new royal documentary comes a month after the BBC acknowledged there was “lessons to be learned” over its coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral.
Nearly 110,000 people issued a complaint over the BBC’s decision to clear its schedules to run a series of mirrored special programmes, making it one of the most complained-about in history.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK