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Royal family does not rule out action against BBC because of new documentary

The Royal Family has not ruled out taking action against the BBC over the latest installment of their inflammatory documentary series that examines their relations with the media.

Lawyers will be closely watching the second episode of The Princes and The Press tonight to decide whether the broadcaster has violated the rules regarding accuracy and impartiality and to give them a fair right of reply.

The first program has already accused royal households of actively informing Harry and Meghan, possibly with the blessing of senior royals.

The first episode of The Princes and The Press has already accused the royal households of actively briefing Harry and Meghan

The BBC has reportedly capitulated to Harry’s complaint that the term ‘Megxit’ – coined to describe the Sussex’s decision to quit royal duties – was sexist. Tonight’s program has instead been titled ‘Sussexit’.

In a recent online forum, Prince Harry said, “The term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term, and it was created by a troll, augmented by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew into mainstream media.”

BBC2’s The Princes and The Press has outraged royal households over ‘exaggerated and baseless’ claims.

Royal staff are also angry at what they perceive to be the broadcaster’s failure to provide a proper right of reply against the programme’s more blatant allegations of “pro-Sussex” journalists.

Among them Omid Scobie, author of the couple’s flattering Finding Freedom biography. He claimed – without providing any credible evidence or having been challenged by presenter Amol Rajan – that “negative stories” had leaked about Meghan to “put her in her place”.

Mr Scobie said: ‘There are rumors that many of the most damaging and negative stories… come from other royal households or royal assistants. My research and report show that it is.’

The Royal Family are not ruling out taking action against the BBC over the latest episode of their inflammatory documentary series

The Royal Family are not ruling out taking action against the BBC over the latest episode of their inflammatory documentary series

Airtime was also given to the Duchess’s lawyer, Jenny Afia, who spoke with her express permission, to refute reports that she was “difficult” to work with.

Again, her statement was not investigated, especially given that Buckingham Palace has launched an internal investigation into allegations of bullying by Meghan.

The final installment of the two-part series will be even more explosive, with concerns that there will be suggestions from senior royals, particularly William, who have “planted” stories about Harry’s mental health.

William, who has earned credit for his lengthy mental health campaign, would be particularly upset by the suggestion.

It was Harry himself who first brought up the subject in a television interview in 2019, saying that he had experienced a resurgence of mental health problems that required “constant management”.

At the time, it was reported that William was only “concerned” about his brother’s well-being after seeing the program, which was believed to be a natural reaction. Sources go on to say that the suggestion that all claims about Harry’s mental health have been ‘planted’ is ‘categorically untrue’.

All three royal households – Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace – are said to be in ‘lockstep’ over their reaction to the documentary. The Mail understands that no final decision will be made as to what action, if any, will be taken until tonight’s final episode airs.

The final episode of the two-part series gets even more explosive, with concerns that there will be suggestions from senior royals, particularly William, 'planted' stories about Harry's mental health

The final episode of the two-part series gets even more explosive, with concerns that there will be suggestions from senior royals, particularly William, ‘planted’ stories about Harry’s mental health

It could take the form of a hefty complaint to BBC governors or against watchdog Ofcom. They could even take legal action, although that option is less likely.

But it is clear that what has happened in recent days will have lasting consequences.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have already banned the BBC from broadcasting a charity song concert at Westminster Abbey next month.

Sources say upcoming projects like the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are unlikely to be affected, but William in particular will likely “think twice” about future collaborations.

Insiders told the Mail last week that suggestions from William and Harry involved in ‘destructive’ briefings couldn’t be further from the mark.

The aides were determined not to get into a war of words, despite several incendiary television interviews given by the Sussexes.

Host’s riddle waving behind not tories stop him BBC, insiders say

A sudden flip-flop to support the Tories is unlikely to harm the presenter of the royal documentary Amol Rajan if he runs for the next political editor of the BBC, senior figures at the company said last night.

It was alleged yesterday that when Mr Rajan was editor of the left-wing newspaper The Independent, he had voted at the last hour to support the Conservatives in the 2015 general election if then Prime Minister David Cameron hosted the newspaper’s owner’s birthday party. to attend. Yevgeny Lebedev.

It shocked many readers after months of praise for Labour.

Republican Amol Rajan's documentary The Princes and The Press prompted the royal family to threaten to boycott the BBC

Republican Amol Rajan’s documentary The Princes and The Press prompted the royal family to threaten to boycott the BBC

But the turnaround does not appear to have changed Mr Rajan’s rumors of Laura Kuenssberg’s replacement as BBC political editor should she step down as expected in the near future, insiders told the Mail.

Colleagues pointed out that Director General Tim Davie was a fan. Another senior BBC insider also questioned whether the revelations would affect his potential candidacy.

The same colleagues questioned whether Mr Rajan, 38, who is currently a media editor, would like the job.

They said they believe he is more interested in a presenting role like the one currently held by Andrew Marr, who is leaving the BBC after 21 years.

In 2013, at the age of 29, Mr Rajan, pictured who is also a presenter of the Today programme, became the first non-white editor of the Fleet Street newspaper.

The Mail on Sunday reported that in the months leading up to the election, The Independent was highly critical of the Tories’ track record in the coalition government.

A sudden flip-flop to support the Tories likely won't do any harm to royal documentary presenter Mr Rajan

A sudden flip-flop to support the Tories likely won’t do any harm to royal documentary presenter Mr Rajan

An April 4 editorial read: “The obvious fact is that the Conservatives have again misjudged the national mood, and it is depressing for their electoral appeal… sympathetic to vested business interests.”

Other editorials criticized the Conservatives’ Right to Buy plans and labeled the decision not to raise taxes as “foolish.”

However, just two days before the election, The Independent made a U-turn, praising Mr Cameron for “an exceptional achievement” in creating more jobs and saying his party “deserves enormous credit” for improving schools.

The Guardian reported at the time that Cameron was indeed present at the party of Russian businessman Lebedev, who turned 35 on May 8 – the day after election day.

Republican Rajan’s documentary The Princes and The Press prompted the royal family to threaten a boycott of the BBC.

The BBC said last night that there was no vacancy for the post of political editor. Mr Rajan has denied suggestions that he changed the editorial rule to please Mr Lebedev.

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