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BBC Axe Princess Diana Documentary After Pressure From Prince Charles

BBC Axe Princess Diana Documentary After Pressure From Prince Charles

It has been claimed that following legal pressure from Prince Charles, BBC bosses have had to shelve a controversial documentary about the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death

The Mirror reports: The two-part documentary Reinventing The Royals has been axed from its prime-time 9pm slot this Sunday.

It claims that the Royal Family employed PR experts who used controversial ‘spin’ tactics to make Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles more appealing to the public after Diana was killed in 1997.

Presented by former Panorama Editor Steve Hewlett, the hour-long documentary had already been included in BBC schedules after being cleared by BBC lawyers, the corporation’s editorial policy team and at the highest level of management.

However it is understood it was put on hold at the last minute by BBC news chief James Harding after lawyers acting on behalf of Charles and Camilla wrote of their concerns to the BBC.

The decision to postpone the programme was backed by the Director General Tony Hall.

It came so late that details of its content had already been given to the Radio Times.