In Monday night’s episode of the two-part series, the BBC programme covered the period of 2018-2021 including the Cambridges and Sussexes royal tours and Meghan and Harry’s step away from royal duties. In Anita Singh’s review for The Telegraph, she notes that the content of the documentary including that Meghan Markle received unfavourable coverage in the press was already in the public domain thanks to newspaper coverage.
She added: “Recycling it for television has achieved nothing, except to sour relations between the BBC and the Royal Family.”
A joint statement released by Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace, and shown at the end of both parts of the documentary, said that the BBC had given “credibility” to “overblown and unfounded claims”.
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BBC delays 'Princes and the Press' podcast
The BBC appear to have delayed 'The Princes and the Press' podcast amid concerns over a royal backlash.
The broadcaster was due to publish a five-part podcast alongside the controversial documentary series exploring the relationship between the Royal Family and the press.
However, it has reportedly been delayed amid concerns about how Buckingham Palace will respond to the second episode.
BBC sources who spoke to the Telegraph admitted that the podcast will instead be released as a box set at a later date.
The documentary looks at William and Harry's relationship with the press