The BBC is due to air the second part of its The Princes And The Press series, which has accused Prince William of briefing the press against Prince Harry, much to the anger of the Royal Family
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The BBC’s coverage of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee could reportedly be hit over a row between the broadcaster and the Palace after a TV documentary accused Prince William of briefing the press against Prince Harry.
The two-part series The Princes and the Palace – currently being aired by BBC2 – claimed in its first episode that the Duke of Cambridge had briefed against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Palace sources have denied the claims, slamming them as “categorically untrue”.
The second part is thought to focus on the rift between the two brothers, and is likely to delve into the Sussex’s decision to leave the UK altogether.
A source told The Mail on Sunday : “There is an expectation that this programme will be worse than the first. There are already plans for media coverage around the Jubilee but it’s not all nailed down.
“Depending on what’s in the programme, there could be a withdrawal of co-operation when it comes to interviews or other projects with the BBC.”
The BBC has already been banned by William from showing a Christmas Carol Concert being hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge – with coverage instead being given to rivals ITV.
The Royals are also understood to be angry at the BBC’s refusal to allow them to see the programme in advance of it airing.
Other sources have claimed that William will “seriously consider” further projects with the BBC, and further senior royals may boycott the BBC after condemning the documentary as “tittletattle” which upset the Queen.
A source told the MailOnline: “It’s fair to say that while the response to what has happened is being driven by the duke, there is complete unity among all three royal households.
“You really couldn’t get a cigarette paper between them. There is a serious issue of integrity at stake here.”
The outlet claimed that Prince William was still ‘deeply bruised’ following the Martin Bashir scandal.
A report into his interview with Princess Diana interview on BBC Panorama found that he had acted inappropriately and was in serious breach of BBC guidelines.
Speaking of the royal documentary BBC chairman Richard Sharp reportedly said he hoped the Royal Family would ‘respect’ the documentary and he stood by the production team.
He said: “The BBC is a national institution and we approach our relationships with the other national institutions with great care and thought.
“The Royal Family is at the centre of our identity. Its underlying importance is unequivocal and we have tremendous respect for all aspects of the Royal Family in all that they undertake and do.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.