‘William is really angry with the BBC’ Camilla Tominey details fury with royal documentary
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The BBC documentary The Princes and the Press aired on Tuesday evening after three royal households united to criticise the broadcaster. Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House issued a statement condemning the broadcaster for the “overblown and unfounded claims” in the documentary. On Wednesday’s This Morning, royal editor Camilla Tominey discussed Prince William’s particular grievance towards the BBC during a discussion with Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby and Nick Ferrari.
Phillip began: “Let’s start with the royals’ anger towards a new documentary Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly banned the BBC from screening their Christmas carol concert following the controversial new documentary Princes and the Press.”
“It’s not just about that documentary though,” Camilla replied. “It’s a bit of a storm in a teacup.
“I’m in it and I talk a bit about getting the scoop of Harry and Meghan’s relationship back in 2016.
“And there’s some chatter about how the palace and the press operate alongside each other and as you guys know and Nick knows there’s a bit of a tug of war going on often.
“They don’t want negative stories in the papers, we want to run what we want to run if we’ve got it stood up.”
“There was a suggestion about whether elements inside the palace were briefing against Harry and Meghan,” she continued.
“Interestingly, I spoke to Amal Rajan, the media editor that’s done the documentary back in November 2020.
“So that was four months before it came to light that there has been a bullying allegation made against the Sussexes and equally before they did their Oprah Winfrey interview in March of 2021.
“I don’t know what the second episode is going to say I didn’t comment on that I know it’s been edited to the wire particularly in light of Meghan’s apology to court for misleading the court over collaborating with the Finding Freedom biography.”
Holly asked: “Do you think what’s come out since it aired will have an impact on the edit? Do you think there’ll be pulling back?”
Camilla replied: “The palace fury line which has been kind of perpetuated by the press for the last few days seems to me, a bit overblown. There’s nothing particularly new in this documentary.”
“But have they moved their Christmas carol concert from the BBC to ITV?” Philip asked.
“Apparently so but that could be because Prince William is really angry with the BBC about the Martin Bashir stuff,” Camilla quipped.
“I mean, he issued after all of that blew back up in the BBC’s face, issued a really strongly worded statement saying you know, ‘We need to rethink everything that my mother said after that point and how she was manipulated, and any fictional or otherwise depictions of my mother in light of the fact that she was hoodwinked and tricked by Martin Bashir’ he’s vehement about that he’s still really still very angry about it and so is the Earl of Spencer.”
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