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A Royal glance through media: "The Princes and the Press" new documentary

After the relationship between Diana and the Press, it is natural that Prince William and Harry remain cautious towards media exposure.

People have always been intrigued by the British Royal Family. The way they live, how they relate, the clothes they wear, eccentricities they demand. Because of that, the media has spotted a wide market opportunity and has been determined to provide the audience with all the juicy details about this powerful family.

However, there have been many situations in which the press has gone too far, and that's why some members of the Royal Family are not precisely comfortable with their presence. On that note, the BBC channel started broadcasting a two-part documentary hosted by its media Editor, Amol Rajan, where he dives into all the information acquisition processes applied by media companies regarding one of the most famous families in the world.

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The Princes and the Press released its first episode exclusively in the UK on November 22. This first episode highlights the positive and negative aspects that have gradually impacted the mediatic relationship with the Royals, going from the benefits of publicity to the multiple intrusion cases that have followed these public figures since Princess Diana.

This first episode covers up the full story of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex up to their marriage, detailing the rough relationship between Prince Harry and the press. Also, many of the dishonest activities applied by journalists are exposed in this chapter, where through a bunch of first-hand testimonies, it is admitted that some information had sometimes been acquired through leaks and phone hacking.

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Apart from the big success of the Netflix series The Crown; this documentary can provide a completely new perspective regarding William and Harry's exposure through the media. Undoubtedly, the audience is so excited to get submerged in this audiovisual piece and get to know everything about the topic, but also this will hopefully increase awareness around media boundaries and the reason behind the backlash the Sussexes received.

By the end of the episode, there's a joint statement made by Buckingham Palace (Queen Elizabeth), Clarence House (Prince Charles and Camilla Parker), and Kensington Palace (Prince William and Kate) that reads:

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"A free, responsible and open press is of vital importance to a healthy democracy. However, too often it is overblown and unfounded claims from unnamed sources that are presented as facts and it is disappointing when anyone, including the BBC, gives them credibility."

It was also pointed out that the Royal Family didn't had a previous access to the episode before airing, and thus their statement was sent before they even got to see what the documentary was about.

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Cover photo from Wikimedia Commons

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