A BBC documentary is to resuscitate painful allegations the Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not receive enough support while in the Royal family, amid fears the appearance of their lawyer on the controversial show will make it a one-sided narrative.
The second episode of Princes and the Press is expected to revisit claims the Duke of Sussex did not receive the same support in dealing with an intrusive press as the Duke of Cambridge would have done, in scenes which will infuriate former and current palace staff.
Allies of the Sussexes, including their biographer interviewed in the programme, have consistently claimed the couple were not defended against stories in the tabloid media.
Those who worked for them object to the claims, believing aides did their utmost to protect them in difficult circumstances.
The two-part documentary, presented by Amol Rajan, has caused upset at the three households of Buckingham Palace, Clarence House and Kensington Palace, which released a rare joint statement calling its contents “overblown and unfounded”.
Reported anger at the BBC
A carol concert starring the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was offered to ITV over the BBC reportedly amid anger at the corporation.
Aides believe programme-makers have not offered them a proper right of reply, claiming allegations were not put to them in full ahead of broadcast.
They have not engaged with the show, arguing it would give undue credibility to newspaper stories mentioned in it which they have…