BBC accused of pro-Meghan and Harry and anti-William bias in documentary
The BBC has been accused of being pro-Meghan and Harry and anti-William and Charles in its documentary, The Princes and the Press, royal experts have claimed.
The Royal Family is understood to be furious that they did not get sufficient opportunity to reply to allegations made in the show.
It has reportedly threatened a boycott on future projects with the BBC, after courtiers were not allowed to view the programme before it aired, the Daily Mail reports.
In the joint statemen to the show, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace and Clarence House said it was “disappointing” that the BBC had given credibility to “overblown and unfounded claims” surrounding Harry and Meghan's departure from the UK.
Angela Levin, a biographer of Prince Harry said it was telling that the show’s final interview was with Meghan’s British lawyer, while the Royal Family’s response was a written statement shown on screen.
She told the Mail: “The ending of the documentary is always what stays with you and they chose to use Meghan's lawyer to say that she wasn't a bully, and she was wonderful to work with.
“It's there you get the gist of what it was all about in my view. It's very biased. Anti-William, anti-Charles and pro-Meghan and Harry.
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“If you allow a lawyer from one side to have their say then they must let the other side have their say. They haven't done that and that's in the BBC guidelines.”
The Palace provided a written statement with the Queen, Prince Charles and Prince William understood to be considering collectively complaining to regulator Ofcom for the first time in history.
The statement 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.”
Royal expert, Richard Fitzwilliams, predicts that part two next week will “undoubtedly worsen” relations between William and Harry and the BBC and Buckingham Palace.
He said: “The second part will undoubtedly deal with the rift between the previously inseparable Princes and how the press covered it. This is a tragedy and has played out worldwide without, so far, any signs of being healed.
“The departure of the Sussexes from the ranks of senior working royals after so short a period, was disastrous for the institution.
“It was also significant that Meghan was represented in the programme by her lawyer who denied she had been “difficult or demanding” to work for.”
The Daily Star has approached the BBC for comment about the claims of bias.
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