Today host Allison Langdon has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the BBC’s new royal documentary, The Princes and the Press.
The two-part series, hosted by anti-monarchist Amol Rajan, delves into Prince William and Harry’s ‘tumultuous’ relationship and the brothers’ fraught relationship with the press in recent years.
The Duke of Cambridge, the Queen and Prince Charles were reportedly upset because they didn’t receive preview copies of the documentary, and suspected it contained ‘incendiary’ claims about the brothers smearing each other in the media.
The Princes and the Press: Today host Allison Langdon (left) has weighed in on Prince William’s alleged ‘outrage’ over the BBC’s controversial series about his ‘feud’ with Harry (both right)
Discussing the controversy on Tuesday, royal commentator Camilla Tominey explained the Queen, Charles and William ‘don’t believe the BBC is being straight about what is actually in it’.
Langdon couldn’t help but question why the royals had reacted so strongly to the documentary.
‘I always just feel that you only get upset if there is something to hide, don’t you?’ she asked her co-host Karl Stefanovic.
Staying mum: Discussing the controversy on Tuesday’s Today show, royal commentator Camilla Tominey (pictured) explained: ‘[the Queen, Charles and William] don’t believe the BBC is being straight about what is actually in it’
‘I don’t know, I’ve got nothing to hide,’ Stefanovic mused.
Meanwhile, Buckingham Palace has reportedly threatened a boycott on future projects with the BBC after courtiers were not allowed to view the programme before the first episode went to air on Monday night.
The episode detailed media coverage of the young royals from 2012 to 2018, when Harry and Meghan became engaged.
Question: Langdon couldn’t help but question why the royals would have have reacted so strongly to the documentary. ‘I always just feel that you only get upset if there is something to hide, don’t you?’ she asked her co-host Karl Stefanovic (left)
It included claims of ‘competitiveness’ between the different royal households.
It also featured appearance from Jenny Afia, a lawyer from Schillings who represents Meghan.
The show’s presenter, BBC media editor and Radio 4 presenter Amol Rajan, said Ms Afia was speaking with the Duchess’ permission.
In a rare on-camera interview, she insisted bullying claims printed about the Duchess were ‘false’ and said she rejected the ‘narrative’ that the former Suits actress was ‘difficult to work with’.
Coverage: The episode detailed media coverage of the young royals from 2012 to 2018, when Harry and Meghan became engaged
Episode one: The episode featured Dan Wootton who spoke about his story, which became known as ‘Tiaragate’. It also featured Jenny Afia a lawyer from Schillings who works with the Duchess of Sussex
Interview: Journalist Omid Scobie (pictured), co-author of the controversial biography of the Sussexes, Finding Freedom, meanwhile said negative stories had been leaked about Meghan, although he did not name those involved. ‘There were some people who felt she [Meghan] needed to be put in her place’
Meanwhile, in a strongly worded joint statement, given to the BBC ahead of last night’s broadcast, the three royal households representing the Queen, Charles and William said: ‘A free, responsible and open Press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy.
‘However, too often overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility.’
It is understood that the BBC provided a written memo, outlining relevant allegations, but refused requests to provide an advance copy of the two hour-long episodes.
Insiders said the rift between William and Harry will be examined in even greater detail in next week’s instalment.
More coming: Insiders said the rift between William and Harry (pictured here with Meghan and Kate in 2020) will be examined in even greater detail in next week’s instalment