Prince William praised for ‘inspiring evening’ – but crisis looms over explosive claims


PRINCE William has been praised for an “inspiring evening” amid a crisis that looms over the explosive claims in a BBC Two royal documentary.

The Prince was attending the Tusk awards on Monday night at the same time that a controversial BBC documentary was broadcast about the royal family. At the event, he announced the winners of the Tusk Conservation Awards. Prince William launched the annual ceremony in 2013 to highlight the achievements of Africa’s unsung heroes who lead conservation efforts on the continent.

The Tusk charity has a mission statement to “amplify wildlife conservation across Africa”.

Referring to the Prince’s appearance at the event, Sunday Times royal editor Roya Nikkhah tweeted: “What an inspiring evening at the awards with Prince William.

“Recognising the incredible achievements of men and women risking their lives daily.

“In the words of Simson Uri-Khob, ‘it may not make you rich, but safeguarding wildlife for future generations is priceless.’”

Prince William attended the Tusk award

Prince William attended the Tusk award (Image: GETTY)

Responding to this a Twitter user called Cheryl wrote: “Inspiring words”.

Another Twitter user, called Canellecitadelle, wrote: “Yes!

“Africa was beautifully represented.”

The news comes as members of the royal family have reportedly threatened to boycott the BBC over a new documentary that was broadcast on Monday night.

Prince Harry and Prince William

Prince Harry and Prince William (Image: GETTY)

The Princes and the Press, which was aired on BBC Two at 9pm explored the royal family’s relationship with the media.

The focus of the documentary was on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The two-part series, presented by BBC’s Amol Rajan, has reportedly received complaints from the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William.

The complaints follow reports that the palace was refused permission to watch the documentary in advance.

The BBC approached Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace for comment.

They provided the following joint statement: “A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.

“However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts.

“It is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”


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