Prince William’s aides have said that he did not brief against his brother Harry in light of an explosive documentary on the brothers’ relationship with the media airing on BBC.
The documentary, titled The Princes And The Press, will be released at 9pm on Monday 22 November – a programme which has reportedly angered the Queen and Prince Charles.
According to sources, the documentary will make allegations that the two brothers have briefed against each other. With this in mind, Insiders at Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House were said to have been infuriated at the fact that they weren’t able to view the two-part programme before its release.
A source has also said that the Royals didn’t want to be “dragged down that particular rabbit hole” of the alleged strained relationship between Harry and William as a result of Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the UK.
“It was always very clear from the top that no one wanted to be dragged down that particular rabbit hole, however egregiously people were being provoked by the Sussexes,” a source told theDaily Mail .
“The palace mantra was that a period of silence would be beneficial to take the toxicity out of the situation, with the Queen going so far as to issue a personal statement making clear that there were matters they needed to deal with privately as a family.”
In the wake of the Royal Family not having viewed the documentary before its release and not being given the right to reply to it, the Queen, Prince Charles and William are considering boycotting the broadcaster.
As well as William and Harry’s so-called briefing war, the programme will look into Harry’s relationship with Meghan, and their decision to step away from their royal duties.
While the Royals are aggrieved at their lack of involvement in the documentary, an insider insisted that they’re not trying to censor the BBC, but feel that they should have been given a right of reply.
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As per Mail Online, all BBC guidelines require all news and current affairs documentaries to offer the right of reply where appropriate.
A BBC spokesman said: “The programme is about how royal journalism is done and features a range of journalists from broadcast and the newspaper industry.”
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