British Royal Family Denies Role in Blocking BBC Documentary

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The press secretary for Prince Charles says he made no attempt to intervene

The press secretary for Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, has rejected claims that the British royal family member tried to block or delay controversial BBC documentary Reinventing the Royals.

The two-part program was scheduled to air this past Sunday, but was postponed following an alleged intervention by Prince Charles’ private office. The show was reportedly set to look at the methods used by the royal’s team to improve his reputation in the wake of Princess Diana’s death in 1997.

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But in a letter to U.K. daily newspaper The Daily Telegraph, which was published Wednesday, the Prince’s communications secretary Kristina Kyriacou denied that the office, known as Clarence House, had played a part in the show’s postponement, claiming that it had “neither blocked nor attempted to block the proposed program.”

“The decision to broadcast — and when — is that of the BBC alone. Clarence House is solely interested in receiving assurances regarding fairness, accuracy and tone in accordance with the principles of editorial fairness and obligations under the BBC Editorial Guidelines and the Ofcom Broadcasting Code,” she added.

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