Preview: The Princes and the Press

Princes and the Press
Princes William and Harry have boomed in popularity with the press but are also intimately familiar with the headline machine’s dirtiest tricks. Photo: BBC

Journalist and broadcaster Amol Rajan charts one of the most dramatic periods in royal history, using documentary media, interviews, and archive footage. He looks at how Princes William and Harry have sought to humanise the family, and how their relationships to the media changed following the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

The positive media reaction to the new generation of royals has been dramatic, culminating in the praise heaped upon the engagement and marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. 

Providing context for the princes’ relationship with the media, the film examines some of the illegal activities engaged in by some newspapers in the late 1990s and early 2000s, including hacking and ‘blagging’, and how these techniques were used to target members of the royal family and their associates.

The Princes and the Press – Monday at 9pm on BBC Two