Royal Family’s feud with BBC evident during Earthshot film ‘Way further down the line’


THE Royal Family’s feud with the BBC was evident before the documentary aired last week, according to a royal expert.

Mr Wilkinson said: “I think with Earthshot, I think they were a lot further down the line maybe with the production, with the filming.

They had been filming all around the world and they were further down the line than they were with this one.”

Mr Ship added: “So it’s possible that there’s been this sort of simmering resentment from William ever since he recorded that statement at Kensington Palace. I remember listening to it before we put it on air and it was really powerful.”

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The BBC were “further down the line” with Earthshot filming (Image: Getty)

William made a heartfelt statement speaking out against the BBC's deceit to Diana

William made a heartfelt statement speaking out against the BBC’s deceit to Diana (Image: Getty)

The interview that they refer to heard Prince William say: “It brings indescribable sadness to know that the BBC’s failures contributed significantly to her fear, paranoia, and isolation that I remember from those final years with her.

“The interview was a major contribution to making my parents’ relationship worse and has since hurt countless others.

“But what saddens me most, is that if the BBC had properly investigated the complaints and concerns first raised in 1995, my mother would have known that she had been deceived.”

Mr Ship added: “We’re talking about the weeks and months before his mother died in the car crash in Paris. So yeah, so all in all, do you think there will be longer-term consequences for the BBC or is this just a sort of, ‘I’ve taken the Carol service off you’ as just a warning, and then all goes back to normal in January. What do you think?”

Mr Wilkinson added: “Yeah, it could just be a shot across the barrel right now.

“As I said, they had a couple of options, a couple of tactics that they could use, and this is one that they can maybe construe that they have used as a little kind of power that they have.

“We’ve talked about Earthshot and William and Kate are increasingly appearing on TV so there will be more and more events like this, which they are fronting so I think it’s a kind of ‘BBC don’t take as a given that we will always go for you, we have options’ I think.

The interview led to Princess Diana famously stating that “there were three of us in the marriage, so it was a bit crowded.”

The next episode of The Princes and the Press airs tonight at 9pm on BBC2.

The episode will see host Amol Rajan examine the period from 2018 to 2021, a tumultuous time for the royals that includes the birth of Archie Mountbatten-Windsor and the royal tours of the Sussexes and the Cambridges.


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