In a new BBC documentary exploring the troubled relationship of Prince Harry and Prince William with the British press, it emerged members of the Firm, including William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, have played along with “the deal” – an unwritten agreement with the media to provide access to information in exchange for favourable coverage. A royal expert has claimed this arrangement has led to “an awful lot of leaking”.
At the start of the first episode of The Princes and the Press, which aired on Monday, BBC Media Editor Amol Rayan lays out the formula that makes a significant part of royal coverage possible – “the deal”.
He explains “the royals get to live in palaces” and, as long as they give access to the press, they get favourable coverage.
He adds: “One prince choosing to play the game, the other is trying to change the rules of the game.”
The former, it is understood, is Prince William; the latter, Prince Harry.
The episode also included suggestions that negative stories about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex were leaked by courtiers.
Robert Jobson, author of William at 40, told Australia’s Sunrise: “They can deny it all they like until they’re blue in the face, but there’s been an awful lot of leaking particularly from Kensington Palace.”
Supporters of the Sussexes, who last year took a step back from the Firm and moved to the US, have taken to Twitter to defend the…