In recent years, various members of the British royal family have taken part in television interviews, but they are now being warned against them. A royal commentator has denounced the damage these talks can cause, suggesting they should only participate in those they can “control”.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex made headlines earlier this year after taking part in an interview conducted by American TV host Oprah Winfrey.
The interview received a mixed response, with some praising the couple for their honesty, while others criticized them for criticizing other members of the royal family.
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew’s 2019 Newsnight interview also garnered a lot of negative attention.
The Prince’s appearance on the BBC news show was not well received by audiences.
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Speaking about the famous interview, royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said he believed it “will be shown to public relations students for years to come”.
The expert also pointed out that Prince Charle’s 1994 interview with Jonathan Dimbleby and Princess Diana’s famous 1995 conversation with Martin Bashir were very damaging to the monarchy.
Speaking in recent royal television appearances, Richard told Radio Times: “Members of the royal family would be wise to limit future television interviews to those they can control.”
He went on to suggest that Meghan and Harry had control over their interview with Oprah.
Speaking in more detail about the Royal Family, he suggested that they appeared to be avid viewers themselves, so they could get a good feel for the medium.
Joe continued, “Prince Philip and Prince Charles were both on TV a lot as presenters, and [the 1969 documentary] The royal family was really one of the first elements of reality TV, ”he commented.
However, Joe did point out that it seemed the royals weren’t happy with the outcome of the 1969 fly-on-the-wall documentary.
The historian said: “There seems to have been some regret about this documentary, which would explain why it has not been repeated since 1977.
“Certainly since then everything has tended to be more controlled and choreographed,” he told Radio Times.
It comes after Meghan and Harry reportedly filmed their recent trip to New York as part of a rumored Netflix documentary about their life and work.
According to Page Six, a cameraman captured the couple before visiting the 9/11 memorial in New York City and during a visit to Harlem’s famous soul food restaurant, Melba.
The couple signed a multi-million dollar deal with streaming giant Netflix in 2020.