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BBC hit with more complaints over Harry and William remark at Philip’s funeral

The BBC has been hit with more complaints over its coverage of Prince William and Prince Harry at their grandfather Prince Philip’s funeral on April 17.

The funeral took over the BBC’s programming with special tributes, interviews, and segments celebrating and remembering the Duke of Edinburgh’s incredible 99 years of life on this planet.

But also during the day of the funeral, which saw feuding brothers William and Harry finally reunited after the Duke of Sussex’s explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey alongside his wife Meghan Markle, there was much talk and analysis of the Princes.

It was a pivotal moment to scrutinise the brothers’ body language and attitude towards each other as they walked the sombre funeral procession behind their grandfather’s coffin around the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Will and Harry were divided by their cousin Peter Phillips stood between them, and surrounded by other senior members of the Royal Family including their own father Prince Charles.

But in an unexpected turn of events, the royal pair were also spotted chatting as they walked up the hill after the funeral had ended.

Kate Middleton is said to have purposely facilitated the reunion – stepping away after talking to her brother-in-law to allow the brothers some time alone.

The BBC received a mammoth amount of complaints over their coverage straight after the funeral, but more than a week later the network continues to receive even more from members of the public – particularly over its analysis of the two men talking.

The broadcaster shared a statement on its complaints board over the commentary made by its presenters.

"We received complaints from people unhappy that Nicholas Witchell offered analysis about the relationship between the Duke of Sussex and the Duke of Cambridge, when reporting on the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh," it said.

The BBC stated that the princes’ relationship "has been a focus of interest in recent weeks".

"Our Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, reported in detail on the funeral of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, reflecting its historic and national significance, remembering the life and achievements of the Duke, while also examining what this moment meant for The Royal Family," the channel continued.

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"The relationship between Prince Harry and Prince William has been a focus of interest in recent weeks. In this context, Nicholas offered analysis of the implications of this solemn event on The Royal Family, and what could be construed about current family relations from what was seen at the funeral.

The statement added: "This was a legitimate, impartial and proportionate part of the coverage of this story," the BBC added.

When it was announced that Prince Philip had died on April 9, channels one-three stopped all their regular programming for a special tribute to the longest-serving consort to a monarch in British history.

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