Prince William’s ‘feelings very raw’ as Royal Family ‘indignant’ at BBC intrusion


PRINCE WILLIAM is believed to be feeling “very raw” with BBC intrusions over the new royal documentary Princes and the Press.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell has reported anger within the Royal Family over the new BBC documentary which examines the relationship between the royals and the UK press. Mr Witchell said there was “irritation” at the BBC documentary which first aired on Monday nights in a number of royal households. Though the royal insider pinpointed Prince William has been left feeling “very raw.”

He continued: “But especially at Kensington Palace and especially on the part of Prince William, we must remember that he still feels really quite aggrieved at the BBC over the panorama interview with his mother, the BBC of course roundly condemned in the Dyson report.

“These feelings are very raw, and they have been exacerbated by these two programmes that Princes and the Press.”

“The Palace is indignant,” added the royal correspondent.

Prince William left feeling 'very raw' after documentary Princes and the Press

Prince William left feeling ‘very raw’ after documentary Princes and the Press (Image: GETTY)

Prince William

Prince William (Image: BBC/GETTY)

“It appears partly because the BBC refused to show it to the programmes in advance,” Mr Witchell added.

“These programmes are made by BBC News, BBC News doesn’t do that.

“They are angry that quote, ‘overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts’.

“Now that appears to revolve around the suggestion in the programme that members of royal households briefed against Harry and Megan in the fallout from the falling out between the Cambridges and the Sussexes.”

It comes after BBC presenter Andrew Marr told the documentary The Princes and the Press that the Duke of Cambridge has set out to build a relationship with the media that works, adding that the Duke is “constantly thinking…in a strategic way”.

Mr Marr said: “William knows he has to deal with the media day in day out for the rest of his life.

“And therefore he has to have a relationship with the media that works.

“He’s constantly thinking I think in a strategic way, about how to handle that how to deal with that.”

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 and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.”


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