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London | Breaking from its usual reserve, the British royal family accused the BBC of “presenting as fact” “unfounded” information in a documentary on Princes William and Harry, another episode of difficult relations with the media. & nbsp ;
The British public group aired on Monday evening the first episode of a two-part documentary titled “The Princes and the Press”. He discusses journalists' relations with William, second in the line of succession to the crown, and his brother Harry, who has often denounced the pressure of the media on his family.
According to the British press , these films angered the royal family who were not associated with them and allegedly threatened to cease all collaboration with the BBC for future projects.
At the end of Part 1, the Royal Family released a statement shown on air stating that a “free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy”.
“However, too often exaggerated and baseless claims from anonymous sources are presented as fact and it is disappointing that anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility,” Buckingham Palace said in a joint statement. as well as the services of Princes Charles (Clarence House) and William (Kensington Palace). & nbsp;
This rare stand comes as Prince Harry, 37, sixth in the order succession to the British crown, has repeatedly denounced media pressure on his couple and made it the main reason for his withdrawal from the royal family, effective since April 2020.
Him and his wife, Meghan Markle, have filed several lawsuits against the British tabloids. They are awaiting in particular the judgment of the appeal trial which opposed them in early November to the “Mail on Sunday”, which Ms. Markle accuses of having violated her privacy by disseminating a written letter to her father in 2018. & nbsp;
Relations with the BBC remain poisoned by the broadcast over 25 years ago of an interview with Princess Diana. She claimed that there were “three people” in her marriage – in reference to Charles's relationship with Camilla Parker Bowles – and admitted to having an affair herself.