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Amol Rajan

The Princes and the Press

by Amol Rajan

The Princes and the Press

Amol Rajan

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This documentary explores Princes William and Harry's fraught relationship with the British press through the eyes of the people who report and write the stories.

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The Princes and the Press

by Amol Rajan

The Princes and the Press

Amol Rajan

Overview

The British press is known for its ruthlessness, especially the tabloid papers. But by and large, the royal family has always enjoyed relatively positive coverage – for a price.

The unwritten rule is that positive coverage by the news media is given in exchange for access to the family and plenty of story opportunities. The younger generation of high-profile royals has upended this tacit agreement. William, heir to the British throne, and Harry have always had different styles of interacting with the press, likely shaped by the events that lead to the death of their mother, Princess Diana.

While Prince William has grown to reluctantly accept the media's role in his life, Harry has waged war against it. BBC media correspondent Amol Rajan examines the evolution of these often-destructive interactions through interviews with many of the journalists who cover the monarchy for a variety of news outlets.

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The Princes and the Press

Amol Rajan

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