The decision to shelve a documentary came in post the pressure from the lawyers of Prince Charles, an act that was condemned by MP’s and campaigners.
The national broadcaster, BBC, axed two part documentary Reinventing The Royals from its prime-time 09:00 pm slot.
The programme had been cleared by BBC lawyers and included in schedules, but was put on hold at the last minute by BBC News chief James Harding after lawyers acting on behalf of the royals wrote of their concerns to the BBC.
According to reports, the documentary, presented by former Panorama editor Steve Hewlett, was pulled off after lawyers known to represent senior members of the royal family had made contact.
But a statement from the corporation stated, “The BBC is delaying broadcast of the documentary Reinventing The Royals, due to be shown on BBC Two on January 04, 2015 until later in the New Year while a number of issues including the use of archive footage are resolved.”
According to sources, Reinventing The Royals includes the first ever television interview with Sandy Henney, Press Secretary of Prince Charles at the time of Diana’s death in the year 1997.
Anti-monarchy campaign Republic have said they will write to James Harding, the BBC‘s head of news and current affairs, to seek clarification on why the documentary has been postponed.
Republic’s spokesman Graham Smith, stated, “The decision to delay broadcast of this documentary looks like undue pressure and interference that would not be tolerated if it were from Cameron or Miliband. At best the BBC might make a quick edit to avoid libelling someone – but delaying the broadcast so it can discuss the content of a documentary with its principal subject is unacceptable.”
Will we ever get to see this documentary, only time will tell.
The documentary, Reinventing The Royals, which is all about the relationship between the royal family and the media following the death of Diana, Prin...0.5