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Royals ‘slam BBC documentary which claims William and Harry planted smears against each other in media’

THE Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have united to ­complain to the BBC over a new documentary, it was claimed last night. Senior royal sources condemned tomorrow night’s The Princes and the Press as “tittle-tattle”. And they said the row has left the 95-year-old monarch “upset.” The BBC says the two-part programme will provide […] ...

THE Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William have united to ­complain to the BBC over a new documentary, it was claimed last night.

Senior royal sources condemned tomorrow night’s The Princes and the Press as “tittle-tattle”.

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The royal households have reportedly united against a new BBC documentary set to air tomorrow[/caption]

And they said the row has left the 95-year-old monarch “upset.”

The BBC says the two-part programme will provide “context” for William and Harry’s relationship with the media.

But it is thought the documentary will suggest the two princes told aides to plant smears against each other in the media, according to the Mail on Sunday.

The Royal Family was not allowed to see the show before it airs on BBC2 at 9pm, it’s reported.

And it’s claimed that, in a highly unusual move, the three most senior royals have joined together to complain to the Corporation.

They have reportedly threatened a “tri-household” boycott if it goes ahead with the programme as planned.

Yet in spite of a series of meetings between Prince William’s representatives and the BBC, the show will not be screened to courtiers before broadcast, it’s claimed.

If royal cooperation for BBC productions is removed, it would mark the end of a long relationship between the family and the broadcaster.

A RIGHT ROYAL ROW

The Beeb screened a tribute to the late Prince Philip this year. It also broadcast Earthshot, a five-part series about climate change which was presented by Prince William.

However, just six months ago, William blasted the company for its failings over the Martin Bashir interview with his mother, Princess Diana, while Harry said the results of an independent probe were the “first step towards justice” for their mum.

And in 2007 bosses were forced to apologise to the Queen for “misrepresenting” her in a documentary.

A Palace source told the paper of the new programme: “There is upset about it.

“The households are all united in thinking this is not fair.

“No one at the Palace has seen it.”

Sources believe the film will suggest that advisors working for William and Harry “briefed against each other” to the media.

BROTHERS IN ‘BRIEFING WAR’

It’s understood the Royal Family want the opportunity to have a fair right of reply before the programme is broadcast.

Harry revealed the full extent of the brothers’ rift on a tour of South Africa in 2019.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex gave a revealing interview during the trip to ITV’s Tom Bradby.

Harry said of William: “We are certainly on different paths at the moment but I will always be there for him and I know he will always be there for me.

“We don’t see each other as much as we used to because we are so busy but I love him dearly.

“The majority of stuff is created out of nothing but as brothers, you know, you have good days, you have bad days.”

And during his interview with Oprah, he said the princes’ relationship is now one of “space”.

“I was trapped but I didn’t know I was trapped,” he said.

There is upset about it. The households are all united in thinking this isn’t fair

“I was trapped within the system like the rest of my family are.

“My father and my brother, they are trapped. They don’t get to leave – and I have huge compassion for that.”

When asked about his relationship William, he went on to say: “You know, as I’ve said before, I love William to bits. He’s my brother.

“We’ve been through hell together. I mean, we have a shared experience. But, you know, we’re on different paths.

“The relationship is space, at the moment. Time heals all things, hopefully.”

The BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan, a republican, is to present the two-part show.

A Beeb spokesman said last night: “The programme is about how royal journalism is done.

“It features a range of journalists from broadcast and the newspaper industry.”

The first hour-long episode covers the years following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

It also covers “the positive media reaction to the emergence of a new generation of royals” up to the 2018 marriage of Harry and Meghan”.

The Sun has approached Kensington Palace and Buckingham Palace for comment.

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The Queen is reportedly ‘upset’ ahead of the screening of The Princes and the Press[/caption]

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And it’s claimed the households could sever their links with the BBC after they were denied an early screening[/caption]

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